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Nungwi Village Tour

The best time to start this tour is in the early morning, when the Nungwi fish market is in full swing. Depending on the previous night’s catch, you might see tuna, kingfish, dorado and a variety of other large fish for sale. At low tide, villagers wade out to the coral reef to catch smaller sea creatures like squid, octopus, puffer fish and the occasional ray.

Afterwards you'll visit the Mnarani Turtle Conservation Project, a local NGO that provides shelter and protection to Hawksbill Turtles as well as the endangered Green Turtles. The aquarium itself is a natural pool carved out from the coral bedrock by the erosion of millions of waves crashing against the shore. The water rises and falls with the tides, providing a natural environment for its inhabitants.

If you have ever wondered how the lovely photogenic dhows (traditional wooden sailing boats) are being built, you have come to the right place. Nungwi’s dhow builders are famous for their craft, and you can watch them at work not far from the fish market. You will see dhows in all phases of their construction and learn about the whole process, from the sourcing of the wood, the joints used, to the rituals of launching a new dhow.
Then, you can go for a swim and relax on the white sandy beach; and if you like, you could round off the day with a sunset cruise and experience for yourself the tranquil magic of sailing on a dhow.