Tumbatu Island Cultural Experience

Tumbatu Island, North Coast of Zanzibar - Tanzania

Offered in: English, Italian, German and 4 More

Tour Duration

09:00 — 16:00

Minimum Group Size

1 Person

Maximum Group Size

50 People

Tour Type

History, Culture & Adventure



Minimum Age

Children with 2 years & above

Meeting & Pickup

Pick-up/Drop-off at any place

Cut-off Time

4 hours before start time

Cancellation Policy

May cancel up to 24 hours

Children Need to be Accompanied By at Least One Adult

Our advice:

  • It is a full day activity and although it ends at around 4 pm, we don't suggest combining it with other activities
  • You are welcome to bring your Swim wear, towel and water resistant shoes for walking over coral
  • Wear decent (conservative/appropriate) clothes when walking around the village
  • Bring Water resistant bag for cameras and other valuables
  • Vegetarian lunch option available on request
  • Suitable for all ages and fitness level


Tumbatu Island is a dagger wedge shaped and the third-largest island 14km² lying North west of Unguja Island together making up Zanzibar, part of Tanzania in east Africa. The tour starts at 9:00am from Mkokotoni/Nungwi local dhow harbor and fishing village. It takes 30 minutes to the island by boat from Mkokotoni and 1 hour from Nungwi. There are two common villages namely, Jongowe and Kichangani, both have an estimated 20,000 number of peoples living in and is surrounded reef rocks and corals that making it somewhat isolated from the rest of Zanzibar, even though its southern shore is only two kilometers (1.2 miles) from Mkokotoni on Unguja. There we stop at the lagoon to learn the fishing methods used by locals and their fishing traps.

The inhabitants of Tumbatu Island on the North Coast of Zanzibar lives an isolated life and the island is powered entirely by solar panels, allowing them to be independent. Everyone who is not from Tumbatu, even people from Zanzibar, needs a written permit by the village eldest to enter the island. Get the opportunity to visit and discover tradition and cultural activities. We will proceed to the interesting part of the tour by visiting a witch doctor (Spiritual Healer) and learn about traditional, spiritual & ritual treatments and herbs. Visiting Shirazi built - the first stone building in the entire region in the 11th century. Snorkeling at colored Coral Gardens and delicious local seafood lunch on the island is a rare opportunity to experience something really authentic.

What's Included

  • Service of Informative, friendly and Experienced Professional Tour guide
  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel in private car with air condition
  • Freshly-prepared Delicious seafood lunch on the Island
  • Waiting Charge, Fuel Surcharges & Service Fees
  • Snorkeling Gears (life jacket, mask & flippers)
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • Contribution to the local community
  • Different seasonal fruits available
  • Mineral Water During the Tour
  • Snacks and Soft Drinks
  • Entrances Fees

What's Excluded

  • Medical Insurance if needed
  • Gratuities for Tour Guide or Driver
  • International & Domestic Flights
  • Expenses of a personal Nature
  • Airport/Departure Tax
  • Visa Fee

COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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