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Paje Beach

Paje Beach

Paje - Zanzibar, Tanzania

Kitesurf

Paje is a village on the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania. It’s located on the southeast of the island, between the villages Bwejuu and Jambiani. Although there are other potential spots in the north of the island, this is the one which you’ll see featured the most in videos and magazines. There’s a lagoon which is perfect for beginners and freeriders as it receives a very consistent onshore wind nearly the whole year round.

The water is shallow during low tide, the bottom is sandy and the reef protects it from the waves. During high tide it’s possible to sail outside of the reef, where the waves break more cleanly. Downwinders are also an option. There are good installations, including kitesurf schools, equipment rental places and rescue services. You can reach there by plane from Zanzibar Airport in Stone Town which is one hour away from Paje. You could also fly to Dar es Salaam, on the continent, and get the ferry to Zanzibar. The ferry port is just a few kilometres from the airport and the crossing takes 20 to 30 minutes.

Conditions

The large flat water lagoon has a sandy bottom, is shallow at low tide and deep at high tide. There is a reefbreak approximately one kilometre out from the beach. High season in winter is from December to April and during this time the predominant wind is known as Kaskasi. It blows sideshore, from south to north, at between 11 to 22 knots every day, sometimes reaching 25 knots. You can do a downwinder along nearly the whole of the island’s east coast. The other high season is in the summer, from June to October. During this period, the Kusini, north to south, wind blows and is normally between 10 to 19 knots, sometimes reaching more than 20.
Optimal Conditions
  • Type
    Freestyle, Race
  • Wind
    N, SE, SSE, S
  • Tide
    High, Rising, Falling
  • Bottom
    Sand, reef
  • Time of year
    From June to October and December to April
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