Beautiful island with tourquoises flat water. The wind does NOT blow every day so I would not chose it if you just want to kite. But it’s a great kitesurfing spot if you want to travel and practice kitesurfing. Bring big kites. If you are thinking of working there as kitesurfing instructor I think is a good option for couples of months but the wind is not really realiable so do not expect to save a lot of money. Live is cheap, rent or buy a motorbike and enjoy the island.There are severals schools around the east part of the island, for me the best spot for kiting and teaching is Paje. It’s a good spot for teaching kitesurfer if you do not have experience.
Bring big kites and if you have foil board take it with you.
There are many kitesurfing schools around the east part of the island. Jambiani and Paje are the best option because the sandy area is bigger. Norther from those spots we will find Matemwe and Pwani Mchangani where there are kiteschools as well but I worked there and with hight tide the beach is narrow and you have to be really careful with the palm trees, and with spring tides the beach at low tide does not have enought water for kiting.
Safety on water: the spot is protected from a reef, so most of the time you will be kiting in flat water. Shallow water, just be careful when is low tide. There are sea orchines, and in some areas the local people grow sea weeds so before going kiting check the spot in low tide to see where the sticks to grow sea grass are located. If you step on a sea orchin put papaya on your skin and roll it up.
Safty on land: I worked there in 2011 and we have some robery at home but nowc I’ve been told that is worst so you have to be a little bit more careful. Just be smart and look after your belongings.
Begginer: Great spot to learn. Flat water, waist deep water and a lot of space for learning.
Intermediate: be careful launching and landind your kites with the palm trees. I recomend to kite with water shoes if you still do not have good control of your kite.
Advanced: bring big kites, beautiful downwinds and flat water to try tricks.
Desember-March (Kaskazi, NE wind) 15-21 knots (gusty)
June-November (Kusi, SE wind) 15-22 knots.
Water temperature between 22-29 ºC.
From december to march: rash vest.
From June to September: shorty.
The spot is protected from a reef and just when is hight tide and you get out of the reef you can find waves. It isn’t a spot for waves.
There are tides and it’s important to check them before going to Zanzibar for a kite trip because you have find the lagoon with to shalow water.
Tide times in Zanzibar.
We have to pay attention to the sea urchins, the sticks where the fisherman grow sea weeds and sometimes gelyfishes. So I recomend you to wear water shoes if you are a begginer kiter and a rash vest.
TAXES FOR KITING
You can kite wherever you want and you do not have to pay any taxes.
WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS NO WIND
You will find plenty of options to do in Zanzibar. The best is to rent a motorbike and explore the island. You can visit the villages and if you want to help any community on the island I would go to some local school and bring any school supplies, do not bring money please, you can buy in Stown Town for cheap. ( I voluntered in Pwani Mchangani primary school and they are really poor).
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TRAVEL WITH FAMILY AND FRIEND THAT DO NOT KITE
This is a perfect island to enjoy with friends an family, it has so many different options. But I would not go to Zanzibar if my main goal is to learn kiting because the chances of having wind are not 100%.
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- Paje by kite : they work with F-One, you get 35% comissions, 2 meals + non alcoholics dinks, accomodation, 300 $ fix salary. You can make between 1400-1700$.
Good conditions for teaching, shalow water and sandy beach. Be careful with the sea urchins and sea weeds sticks. You will be teaching most of the time in light winds (15-17 knots).
Some kitesurfing schools provide accomodation, fix salary and meals. Life is cheap, find local masai food and for 2 euros you can eat. If you are planning on staying couples of months I recommend you to buy a scooter.
I was working in a school in Pwani Mchangani with accomodation and dinner includded. Without fix salary and 25% comissions. I make around 800 euros per month and I was working in the worst spot, I have friends working in Paje making between 1400-1700 euros. I worked there from December to March and I did not work that much and a lot of waist of time waiting on the beach for the wind… I haven’t say anything about the school that I worked for because it’s closed….Before starting work I was volunteering in primary school as a teacher in Pwani Mchangani and it was an amazing expererience.