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Sunset Cruise - Dhow Safaris

Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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About Sunset Cruise - Dhow Safaris
Step onto the deck of our vessels, relax and let us sail you away on a magical sunset cruise to end your day. Our sunset cruises leave Stone Town in the late afternoon to cruise along the coast, slicing through the clear turquoise water. The sounds of the bustle of busy people in Stone Town grow faint in the distance until they seem there, only in a memory. Musicians take over the sounds playing taarab, songs of love and loss, on violin and oud, as the crew serve canapés and keep your glass topped up with your choice of a selection of beers, sodas and drinking water from the Zanzibar Serena Inn, encouraging you to sink back into the cushions and enjoy the romance of Africa while watching the scenery drift by.
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Excursion711399 wrote a review Sep 2018
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We arranged the sunset cruise through our hotel and were told that it would be $30 per person, and the price included the dhow ride, some snacks and drinks. Like other reviewers, after wading through the water (something we were not advised of beforehand), we climbed onboard and were told that it would be $40 each. We paid as we didn’t feel as though we had much option given that there were already other passengers onboard and we were the last to join. The cruise itself was fine - we spent about an hour and a half around the harbour. However there was no welcome from any of the men onboard the dhow, and no explanation of its history/significance. We were not offered any drinks or snacks, contrary to what we had been told. Disembarking the dhow was also a rather stressful experience as it was dark and we had a series of steep, slippery rocks to climb. Two of the gentlemen (also tourists) who were on the cruise with us fell as they tried to make it to the top of the stairs. Whether the price difference was an error by our hotel or not, the experience was not worth $80, and we are feeling incredibly aggrieved. Avoid this trip!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Sherwin L wrote a review Aug 2018
Eshowe25 contributions8 helpful votes
Embarked on Nakupenda Sunset Cruise. Good points - good snacks, enjoyable Arabic/Swahili music by the crew and comedy routine by a crew member who had us in stiches with stories of his experiences as a crew on a fishing vessel. Not so good- brochure promised a 3 hour cruise but only got 1 an half hour. Was hoping to see more of the island than just the harbour.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Cheryl T wrote a review Jun 2018
Melkbosstrand, South Africa368 contributions37 helpful votes
We had to wait a short while at the Tambo hotel for the boat departure . We were a small group and some dry snacks and alcoholic drinks and sodas supplied . We travelled out for about 20 mins and on the return, you get to enjoy and photograph the sunset.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Ralph R wrote a review Oct 2016
London, United Kingdom399 contributions141 helpful votes
We were in a group from a cruise ship. Be prepared to have to wade in knee high water to embark and disembark, and negotiate a metal ladder. When I prepared to climb aboard the ladder swung away, which was very uncomfortable. Our boat was overloaded with passengers until we suggested this wasn't very sensible, as the companion dhow was almost empty. Our guide was a very knowledgeable, and interesting, and the dhow made its way slowly along the coast. As the sun went down another boat came alongside with samosas and sweet eats, and a guitarist. He was good, but another of the guides who thought he could sing and dance rather spoilt the mood for us. We had been told that drinks would be provided, but they were offered rather grudgingly. A nice trip, but ensure you know what you are letting yourself in for.
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Date of experience: December 2015
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Clare L wrote a review Jan 2016
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa101 contributions41 helpful votes
short and sweet. We went on a local sunset cruise from Nungwe Beach - Lalis Tours... I recommend this to anyone.
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Date of experience: December 2015
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