Activities and Attractions in Paje
There is so much to do on the island of Zanzibar. Watersports, including scuba diving, snorkelling and of course kite surfing on famous Paje Beach are a must. Take in the history of Stone Town, learn about spices, view the red colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest, eat at a choice of restaurants along the East Coast, or take up a pool bed and a book and indulge in some serious chilling.
Buccaneer Diving, the five star career development center is just next door. They run daily double dives from here with the departure times changing every day in accordance to the varying tides. As well as running daily fun dives for certified divers they also offer an array of courses and dive programs, from Discover Scuba Diving for those wishing to try it for the first time all the way through to Dive Master and twice yearly instructor courses.
Scuba Dive with Buccaneer Diving a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre, offering diving in Paje, Jambiani, Bwejuu, Kizimkazi & Mnemba Atoll.
Buccaneer Diving run their snorkel trips out of their base in Dongwe (around a 15 minute drive north from Paje) within the Blue Lagoon. You arent accompanied by divers, which means you can be in or out of the water for as long as you would like! The cost includes return transfers, all equipment needed (including wet suite for extra protection and floatation), a snorkel guide, drinking water and fresh fruit.
Snorkel the Blue Lagoon in Dongwe, just a fifteen minute drive from Paje. Buccaneer Diving’s snorkel guides are on hand to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable trip.
Dive & Snorkel Mnemba Atoll join us on diving or snorkelling trips to the protected marine reserve of Mnemba Atoll. Regular sitings of white tipped reef sharks, dolphins and turtles.
Dive & snorkel Kizimkazi this area on the the south of the island is famous for its dolphin population.
Kiting & Surfing with Aquaholics Zanzibar
Aquaholics Kite & Surf Zanzibar caters for all your Kitesurfing and Wave Surfing needs. The Kite & Surf Center is located on site of the Paje Beach Apartments.
Surf - Aquaholics organise surf trips for all level surfers. From complete beginner to experienced surfers, they'll take you to the best spots and show you the uncrowded surf along the Southeast Coast. Transfer, boat trip, gear, lessons or guiding as well as snacks and water are provided on their trips.
Kite - The kite center provides all services a kitesurfer needs. Located on the best kite spot of the island, here you can find a wide range of courses from beginners to advanced kiters. All instructors are IKO or VDWS certified and will ensure a safe and fun kitesurfing experience. Gear rental, storage and beach service are available. The center works with a good range of the newest Liquid Force Kite Gear.
If you are tired out from all the watersports and adventure activities we offer at Paje Beach Apartments and you want some time to chill out and relax just let us know and we will arrange pool beds for you at our tranquil sister hotel right next door.
Mnemba and Kizimkazi
As well as diving and snorkeling on Buccaneers house reefs they also organise regular trips to Mnemba Atol, the protected marine reserve on the north east of the island where you can regularly see white tipped reef sharks, dolphins and turtles as well as Kizimkazi, the conservation area located on the southern tip of the island which is well known for its dolphin population. Minimum numbers and sur charges apply.
Stand up Paddle Boarding & Kayaking
Meander around the mangroves in and discover one of the most beautiful, unknown and highly endangered environments of Zanzibars south east coast, which is only accessible via SUP or Kayak. Your guide will explain to you all about the different types of fish, crabs and mangrove trees you will see along the way.
Sail, snorkel, swim, sunbath, explore, feast, observe and play – A Safari Blue day is packed with adventure. Menai Bay is scattered with isolated sand banks, rugged island scenery, uninhabited islets, pristine marine life and crystal clear turquoise waters. It’s also a marine-protected area and a sanctuary for humpback and bottlenose dolphins.
Spices are an important part of Zanzibar’s culture and history. When the Arabs first arrived they created large spice plantations, making Zanzibar the worlds biggest exporter of cloves at the time. Have a guided tour of one of the plantations where you will have the opportunity to taste and smell spices fresh from the trees and plants.
Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park
Jozani Forest is the only national park on Zanzibar. It’s famous for its population of Red Colobus Monkeys, which have been adopted as the flagship species of conservation on the island. As well as the Red Colobus Monkey, the forest is also home to the Sykes Monkey, over 50 species of butterfly and over 40 species of birds.
Adventure Fishing in Zanzibar
Adventure fishing Zanzibar offer half and full day charters for beginners, seasoned seamen and anyone in-between. Their deep-sea fishing charter boats are fully rigged and ready to take you for a fishing experience you will never forget. All of their boats have a selection of rods, reels and lures, and a choice of baits depending on what you're hoping to catch. Their captains can help you choose which would best suite your style and the conditions of the day.Why not eat what you catch? For a small additional fee, the neighboring Oceans Restaurant can cook up your catch!
Although best known today as an island paradise, there are many prominent reminders of Zanzibars dark history in the slave trade. The market where slaves were confined in dark, airless underground chambers before being sold still contains the chains bolted into the concrete.
A moving memorial now stands where the market once was, reminding locals and tourists alike of the atrocities committed on that very spot centuries before. Nearby, the Anglican Church contains a wooden cross carved from the tree under which the famous explorer and abolitionist David Livingstons heart was buried in Zambia, and the churches alter has been build upon the very exact spot as the old markets whipping post. Take a guided tour around the old slave market and delve deeper into the islands stark yet fascinating history.
Nearby Places to Eat
If you fancy venturing a little further afield you'll be pleased to know we've got some lovely restaurants nearby.
Upendo (Kiswahili for love) is around a 15-minute drive north from our apartment. The restaurant and bar offers a chilled vibe and a great menu from their beautiful beachfront location. Every Friday they have a sushi night and on Sunday offer a yummy brunch! THE ROCK The Rock is located right in front of Upendo, quite literally on a rock a short distance from the waters edge meaning that at high tide you are transferred to the restaurants via boat. Serving Swahili and European infused food the restaurant offers unparalleled views over the beautiful Indian Ocean.
NDAME BEACH LODGE
Just a 5-minute walk up the beach Ndame offers great beach front dining. They're well known for their delicious pizzas (only served in the evenings) and buffet BBQs Fridays.
Coral Rock is 15 minute drive south from where we are located, their bar and restaurant is located on the cliffs edge in Jambiani. Their extensive menu offers something for everyone –wed recommend giving their Bunny-Chow a try!
OCEAN BEACH BAR
For great food and a great vibe, visit Ocean Beach Bar. Right on the beach and steps from your room.
There is a party on almost every night of the week on the south east coast, from live music to BBQs, just ask the manager where you should be heading tonight!
Nature and Wildlife in Zanzibar
See the unique red colobus, only found in this area at Jozani Forest.
Stone Town Zanzibar
Stone Town was declared a world heritage site in 2000 and it is worth taking a guided tour around the atmospheric cultural and historic heart of Zanzibar.