Zanzibar has a diverse range of spots suited to freestyle and wave riding, as well as incredible downwinders. Paje, the focal point of every kite-surfers trip, has a range of accommodation to meet every travellers need (Airborne Village, Kite at the Nest, Coral Rock, B4, etc.). Furthermore, B4 and Coral Rock provide weekly parties that you might regret on your downwinder the next day.
There are two seasons in Paje; the first is from mid-December until February. This season is known as the Kaskazi, and it blows from the North at around 12-25 knots. The second season is from May until October, and it is known as the Kuzi. The Kuzi winds tend to be calmer in the morning and get stronger after lunch time. During the December to April season, Paje will get anticyclones from the Indian Ocean which can send some decent swell, and that’s when all sorts of surf spots start to come alive! When it's an offshore day, you have wave breaks! The reef in Zanzibar is not as vicious as some other tropical islands surf spots. You do need to keep an eye out for sea urchins though. Dolphins and turtles are seen regularly along the coastline and often join you for a surf session.
The tide in Paje dramatically changes the spot throughout the day, with low tides emptying the inner lagoon and sending kiters to the outer lagoon and sandbanks. The inner and outer lagoon offer perfect flat water, knee deep conditions at their different tide states. The high tide sessions offer mild chop and some kickers for a little freestyle.