When it comes to conservation, Zanzibar is heaven with its many conservation areas.
The Menai Bay Conservation Area (MBCA), located in Menai Bay, is Zanzibar’s largest marine protected area. Established in August 1997 in a fishing area of the island, its tropical marine environment includes extensive coral reefs, a variety of tropical fish, seagrasses, and mangroves.
The initiatives of the MBCA focus on controlling illegal fishing, replanting mangroves, growing trees, and promoting tourism. The MBCA was rated Category VI by the IUCN as a managed resource area.
The conservation project was a venture initiated by WWF, USAID, the British Government, and the country of Switzerland. Village Conservation Committees, with 19 participating villages, work on conservation projects.
Projects managed by the villagers of Kizimkazi in the eastern area resulted in 200 bottlenose and humpback dolphins coming to their shores. Revenues come from their work as guides bringing visitors to see these magnificent creatures.
Menai Bay is also a sea-turtle breeding area with coral reefs, rich marine life, and dense mangroves. Encompassing the southwest corner of Zanzibar, it includes several small islands and sandbanks, each with its own healthy coral reef.
Zanzibar’s traditional boats, the dhows, carry tourists to snorkel on the reefs, picnic on the islands and swim with dolphins and whales.
Here the Indian Ocean waters are crystal-clear allowing perfect viewing of the coral reefs and tropical marine life. Non-snorkelers can spend the day relaxing on the beach, sunbathing and exploring the island’s paths and tidal pools.
We invite you to savor the local flavors of a splendid seafood lunch buffet. Bring your swimsuit, a towel. sunblock, and a hat. We provide the snorkeling gear.
Spend a magnificent day in this most gorgeous conservation area. You’ll never forget it!
Full-day tour. Approx. 8 hours.
Departure: 8:00 am.
You can choose the tour starting time, we usually recommend 8:00 am.
You may choose a private excursion and the desired time of departure.
Leaving from Stone Town:
$150 USD per person (2 person minimum)
3 people 140 USD per person
4 people 120 USD per person
5 people 110 USD per person
6 people 100 USD per person
7-12 people or more 85 USD per person
13 people or more 65 USD per person
Children between 7-18 75 USD per person
- Pick up and drop off from your hotel
- Transport waiting charge
- Experienced professional tour guide
- All taxes, fuel and service fees included
- Bottled water
- Entrance fees
- Medical insurance
- Airport taxes
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Tour may be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- Bring your swimming suit, towel, sunscreen, hat or cap, and your camera
- We provide snorkeling gear