A way to get to know the island of Zanzibar in its naturalistic, social, economic and cultural aspects.


Gorgeous landscapes, fascinating (and delicate!) seabed, a multifaceted and multi-ethnic history, ancient but still practiced traditions and crafts, tasty and tantalizing gastronomy, lush flora and fauna… In addition to your stay at StarfishGardenLodge you can plan a series of beautiful island visits with us. Our team has selected for you a list of proposals:: solidarity tours, so you can get to know our educational projects and village life and classic excursions, organized by local tour operators, to the most beautiful and well-known places on the island.

Solidarity routes

Crafts Village

Duration: One morning

Definitely a proposal always greatly appreciated by our guests who can thus deepen their knowledge of a part of Zanzibar that is more hidden and less accessible to passing tourists.

Accompanied by a local guide, you can visit typical places in the village of Jambiani, learn about its customs and traditions, observe some of the women’s activities: the cultivation of seaweed, the processing of coconut fibers, the processing of raw materials to prepare local foods.

Cooking lesson

Duration: from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

You will be able to watch and participate in the preparation of typical local foods inside a house in Jambiani village and have dinner together with our host family.

Smells, tastes and four convivial chats (with the necessary cultural and linguistic mediator) to really get closer for a few hours to the reality of the people living in Jambiani. An experience to get to know, experience, confront cultural and social diversity and learn new things with ease.

Classic excursions

Spices tour

Duration: 1/2 day (Can be combined with “Stone Town” excursion)

Zanzibar has always been known as “the island of spices.” The spices tour will take you to the fields where the cultivation takes place. It will be possible to find out from where those colorful “powders” that we all know only in the final form of processing are made. Many spices are tiny fruits of huge trees, others are roots detectable only by a careful and experienced eye, and still others are leaves or bark.

Stone Town

Duration: 1/2 day (can be combined with “Stone Town” or “Spice Tour” excursions)

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is definitely worth a visit and offers attractions for all tastes.
The architecture varies from Arab to colonial, the neighborhoods are multi-ethnic, and within a few blocks you can encounter the Anglican cathedral, erected on the site of the old slave market, the Hindu temple, the Catholic cathedral, and several mosques.
There are historical and cultural sites such as the Portuguese fort, the Sultan’s Palace Museum, the old dispensary, or even commercial ones such as the Darajani market, the central alleys full of stores, and the Forodhani Gardens that come alive at sunset with a food market. Also hidden behind admirably crafted wooden gates are restaurants offering Swahili, European, Indian and Arabic cuisine. Having completed the tour, it is almost a must to stop for an aperitif at sunset!

Prison Island

Durata: Duration 1/2 day (can be combined with “Stone Town” excursion)

An island infamously known as a slave quarantine site, today Prison Island is home to a large population of giant land tortoises, many of which boast at least a century of life.
Once you arrive in Stone Town, you take a motor boat and with a crossing of about 35 minutes you land on the island.
Having paid a visit to the turtles, you can visit the structure that was originally used as a quarantine facility, now used as a restaurant, and then move by boat to do some snorkeling around the island.

Kizimkazi dolphins

Duration: 1/2 day

The beautiful Kizimkazi Bay is located at the southern end of the island and is inhabited by small resident pods of bottlenose dolphins. Lively and curious animals, they swim freely in the open waters of the ocean now quite accustomed to the comings and goings of boats but still shy and alert, especially when they have pups.
Encounters with dolphins therefore are not always assured, although very frequent: they are the ones who choose whether or not to be seen, for how long and how close they let themselves be approached.
Contrary to what many tourist brochures read, going out into the Kizimkazi Sea does not offer the opportunity to swim and play with dolphins as one would in water parks, but to observe them freely in their natural environment, remembering that one is a guest in their home. At the end of the excursion, if done in the morning for guests, breakfast will be prepared.

Jozani forest

Duration: 1/2 day

Jozani Forest is located 38 km southeast of Stone Town. In 1995, the Jozani Chwaka Bay Conservation Project was established to protect the largest remaining patch of indigenous groundwater forest that once covered Zanzibar. Local communities are involved in the project, and a portion of the entrance fee contributes to development projects and to compensate local farmers whose crops are often damaged by the park’s protected monkeys: the Red Colobuses and Blue Skies.

After the visit, we continue on foot to the Pete-Jozani Mangrove Boardwalk. You walk through mangrove forest that is extremely crucial to Zanzibar’s ecosystems, as it provides habitat for many lizards, snakes and birds, as well as preventing coastal erosion.

Finally, you can visit the nearby Buttefly Center run by the local community, where you can experience firsthand all the life stages of these wonderful creatures.

Blue Lagoon

Duration: 1/2 day

Excursion recommended for snorkelers. We travel north from Jambiani to Dongwe village to a beautiful beach, from which we depart by motor boat.

The crossing is very short, about 20 minutes, and skirts the shore. You arrive at a point where the seabed gets drops quickly to form a coral lagoon within there is marine life of infinite colors, among the most beautiful places on the island for snorkeling!

At the end of the excursion, guests are served a fruit snack.

North Unguja

Duration: full day

In the morning we reach Mnemba Atoll (1 1/2 hour drive and 30-minute boat crossing). The atoll is surrounded by a wonderful coral reef, among the best in Zanzibar where you can snorkel.

We then move on to the village of Nungwi where you can visit a handcrafted dhow-making site, the traditional wooden boats carved from mango logs. We then visit the sea turtle sanctuary where for those who wish we can have lunch. We will then move on to Kendwa beach to watch the sunset before returning to Jambiani.

South Unguja

Duration: full day

In the morning we reach Mtende beach to admire this jewel set among high rocks and bathed by the Indian Ocean, which here takes on incredible colors among the small inlets that leave you breathless. Lunch will be served on the Mtende promontory.

We then reach the beach at Kizimkazi, a village where there is a Shirazite mosque that dates back to the early 12th century and is believed to be one of the oldest Islamic buildings on the East African coast. Swimming will be available here, and towards evening there will be a boat ride to watch the sunset, with a snack served with fruit and soft drinks, before returning to Jambiani.

Blue Safari

Duration: full day

In the morning, after breakfast, we move on to a wonderful adventure in the South Seas of Zanzibar. From Fumba we will travel by boat to Kwale Island (approximately 40-minute crossing). The island has an area of 7 km2 and consists of 300 hectares of mangrove forest.

The surrounding marine waters are an ecological hotspot that has been home to various species of turtles, whale sharks, and migratory humpback whales. Settled on a beautiful sandy tongue, you can snorkel among the corals.

A fish and seafood grill with a side of rice, chips and fruit will be served for lunch. In the afternoon there will be room for relaxation before returning by boat to Fumba and then back to Jambiani.

Paradise Island

Duration: full day

Day of sun, sea, snorkeling and lunch of fish and shellfish on an uninhabited and undiscovered atoll. 
It starts from the south coast in the village of Kizimkazi by motor boat (the crossing is about an hour and a half) to land on a tongue of sand in the middle of the ocean, inhabited only by seagulls. 
There you can have lunch, relax in the sun, enjoy the beautiful crystal-clear waters, and snorkel to swim among the many colorful fish and other creatures that inhabit the beautiful coral reef.  

You too can participate in our Zanzitours.

All tours are booked and paid for in Jambiani, after the planning meeting with the StarfishGardenLodge team

Plan an unforgettable experience in Zanzibar today!

We will be happy to welcome you to our facility and introduce you to the natural beauty and traditional aspects of local community life.