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Gazing over the Grand Indian Ocean , it will not take a very long time to spot a range of different vessels sailing the turquoise tropical waters. Fishermen busy sailing their boats for the days' fishing. Merchants moving their cargo to and from distant places.
The way it has been done for many centuries.
A type of vessel used is a Dhow (or Mashua). Dhows are hand made, constructed by skillful craftsmen by means of basic hand tools using water-resistant timbers. These skills originating from ancient Persia and have been passed on for thousands of years. Various influences from different historic civilizations like Arab, Indo-Malayan, Indian and Portuguese have been adapted into the Swahili culture. This blend gives the dhows their present time character and appearance.
Experience the sensation of dhow-sailing yourself!
Located on Dar es Salaam 's South beaches at Kipepeo Beach , you can do just that! Dekeza Dhows offers a Day excursion taking you out to offshore islands. Daily sailing trips take off sailing to the nearby uninhabited islands.
The clear offshore waters are home to a vast array of colourful starfish, tropical fish and coral reefs providing excellent snorkeling. Pods of dolphins often accompany the dhow on its voyage to the islands.
Each dhow is equipped with good snorkeling equipment, life jackets, a back up 15hp outboard motor in case the wind dies down and are staffed by a professional 3 man crew.
Available cruises are:
Sailing and Snorkeling Experience
The dhow departs Kipepeo Beach at 10am and sails out to one of the offshore islands. You can explore the deserted island or you can just relax on the white sandy beaches and admire its beauty. Snorkeling can be done on one of the nearby coral reefs that are home many tropical fish. After snorkeling, lunch is served on a deserted beach on the island. We then sail back to Kipepeo Beach around 3pm. The cost of the trip is $35 per person, inclusive of lunch and non alcoholic beverages.
Dhow Fishing Trips
We do a full days fishing excursion in the famous Zanzibar Channel. We fish by trolling a combination of lures or baits behind our traditional 8 meter wooden dhow. The Zanzibar Channel is home to a variety of fish, Tuna, Dorado, Baracuda, Wahoo, Giant Trevally, King Mackerel to name a few species. The fishing equipment is good quality (Shimano), and the boats are equipped with the necessary safety equiptment. The cost of the day is $220 for 4 people inclusive of lunch and non alcholic beverages.
The dhow departs Kipepeo Beach at 4pm and motors around the ancient Mbwamaji harbour. We visit one of the nearby islands for you to explore, have a sun downer drink on the beach before cruising back to Kipepeo Beach at around 6pm. The cost of the cruise is $18 per person inclusive of non alcoholic beverages and snacks.
Interested? Just email or phone on the the addresses and number's above.