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Tusitiri dhow

Pemba Island, Zanzibar Archipelago

Tusitiri is a traditional dhow, which has been lovingly restored into a comfortable base for sailing around the Tanzanian island of Pemba. Spend your days snorkeling, fishing and exploring sandbanks and your nights sleeping out on deck under the stars.

At a Glance

  • Sail on this beautifully restored traditional dhow along the coast of Pemba Island

  • Enjoy some superb snorkeling opportunities in Pemba's reefs and excellent deep sea fishing

  • Accommodating groups of between six and ten adults, ideal for a group of friends or family with teenagers

  • A lovely combination with a stay on Pemba island, or Zanzibar nearby

  • Sleep out on the deck under the stars each night

  • Activities include kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, wake boarding and water skiing

Sailing & surfing, Adventure, Beach, Cruise

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Tusitiri dhow or take a look at our itineraries to Zanzibar and the coast


Spend a few days or a week or longer lounging on the deck of this beautiful dhow, exploring the western coast of Pemba island, off the coast of Tanzania. Tusitiri is a traditional sailing vessel which has been lovingly restored and converted to accommodate groups of between six and ten guests. It is hired on an exclusive basis, ideal for groups of friends traveling together or families with teenage children in search of a different kind of beach break.

Each day is planned around your wishes, the weather and the season, making it a really unique experience. The deck is lined with cozy cushions which beg to be lounged upon, as you sail along the shore, or head to a sandbank for a lunchtime picnic. Dinners are served al fresco on the spacious deck, with lanterns and candles all around, and the night sky in all its glory above you. At night, you'll sleep on comfortable bedrolls on the deck, with the ocean breeze keeping you cool.

Below deck are bathroom facilities, a dressing area and space for luggage, and there's an open-air hot shower offering unrivalled views of the ocean. A stay here is very much a comfortable "glamping" experience, so if you are looking for privacy or traditional forms of luxury this isn't right for you. But for those looking to get back to basics, with a spirit of adventure and exploration, it's a fantastic experience and one we warmly recommend. You'll be hosted by John and Lulu Clark who've lived on board Tusitiri for many years, accompanied by an experienced crew of sailors and chefs who'll whip up the most delicious of dishes.

There are three tenders that come with Tusitiri, one specifically rigged for deep-sea fishing which is a speciality on board. 2-hours per day are included in your stay, and these can be banked to spend a half or full day if you prefer, or you can pay additionally to have more time out fishing of course. Other activities include snorkeling on some of Pemba's colorful reefs, kayaking, wake boarding and water skiing, and of course simply unwinding on deck watching the world go by. There are picnics and sundowners aplenty, and you can take strolls on the island and do land-based excursions too, depending on your location.


There are no cabins to sleep on board Tusitiri - guests all sleep out on comfortable bedrolls with fresh linens on the deck, under the beautiful African sky. Below deck is a changing room, dressing room and two toilets. There's a warm water open air shower, too.


Due to the nature of the dhow and the facilities, Tusitiri isn't ideally suited to very young children. Please have a chat with one of our Africa specialists to discuss the practicalities, as you know your children best!


Snorkelling, kayaking, wake boarding, water skiing, deep-sea fishing, picnics, sundowners and land excursions.

Location & Directions

Pemba Island, Zanzibar Archipelago

Tusitiri will be moored off the west coast of Pemba Island, in the Zanzibar Archipelago of Tanzania. The island is north of Zanzibar, the largest of the islands, and the exact position of the dhow will depend on the season to fit with the trade winds.

When to go

Situated only 6° south of the equator, Pemba Island enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.

There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Tusitiri dhow or take a look at our itineraries to Zanzibar and the coast

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