Clearing custom is a night mare if your not on the front of the plane. Reason is mostly dew to that you have to get a visa when you arrive and that can take forever. By the time you got your bags the line is still out side the door.
Taxi if for sure cheaper when you get here. Based on how much the hotels wanted to charge us it’s about 20 dollars cheaper. Plus there is no shortage of drivers eager to give you a ride. So you bound to find a ride. Just look out for there orange and blue over coats as you walk out the customs area.
I’m sitting on the top section of the airport. There’s is a restaurant up hear that you can sit and wait for some one and drink the local beer as I am. You won’t notice it but just turn right as you go past all the tour operators which will be in front of you as you go out the front door or the airport and just ask a local if you get lost. He lead me straight to the beer so I’m happy. 23 minutes in a new country and already I’m sampling the local brew. Nice.
By the way, sun is shinning, conditions are hot. Wind is blowing. Will have to hit the water this afternoon for sure.
It takes us a hour to get to the airport to where we are staying and as we rock up we’re greeted with wind and smile from the hotel staff ready to help.
Quick check in and we hit the water. I’m eager to try the new airush switch 2012 as well as the airush varial x 8 meter 2012.
We’re met with wind as we wake up. Not only that, our hotel we’re staying in serves us a awesome breakfast to match what was going to be a awesome day. Th hotel Arabian nigh (annex) is where we’re staying. And I’m totally happy as it’s well place for kiting. Well away from the other Kitesurfing hotels in Paje.
It quite and there are no loud parties at all getting ready to wake you up just as your about to fall asleep after the days kiting. Salis the manager looks after us and was alway eager to help. Good man.
Before I hit the water I meet with one of the local kite school next to the hotel. Jan gives us a quick break down of just what the area is all about and shows us where to go and what not to do.
Sea weed farming is big here and if your not careful you’ll find yourself laying on one of the many share poles sticking out they show themselves at the low tide and it’s quite interesting to take a walk out there when the sea we’d farming begins. The locals don’t like it when you take pictures of them so be carefull.
We hit the water and after the quick welcome session from last night I’m still blowing out the webs from the mussels and bones. My body already feeling the burn but god I’m having fun. Zanzibar is a kiters wet dream come true. 8 hours straight of kiting and I’m broken.
As I stop I meet up again with the local instructor Jan, who is eager to talk about constantly kiting and the new airush gear, and after a quick chat I let one of his local instructors “Bony” take one of the new airush kites out for demo. Smiles all round. Time for dinner.
Kiting kiting and more kiting. Body is really starting to hurt but loving every second of it. I can’t help but think that just how much of a good time I’m having kiting here and starting thinking to myself that next year could be a great time to come out here again. Hmmmmm ” Constantly Zanzibar
I spend much of the day getting back into handle passes and s-bends. It a bunch of fun and I’m happy pound the water try after try just to get it right.
Quick photo shoot and two session later I’m broken again.
Carolin and myself meet with a couple that have been kiting here as well and we talk about the day why’ll having dinner at yet another different restaurant.we haven’t been eating at the same place every night. Each place offers something a little different.
I recommend you try that, the local dishes are really good and fish is 90% of the time fresh, fast food like burgers and pizzas are not there strong point and from my point of view not worth ordering off the menu. Try the king fish.
Page by night is over priced with there food. Arabian nights serves good meals and big portions great value for money.
The crystal is a clean and very very good, well run restaurant.
Another great breakfast and out the door. Wind is blowing and I aim to kite all day, as tomorrow I’m looking forward to my trip to stone town and getting to look around a bit.
The day gives us perfect conditions as I’m enjoying every second in the water. The varial x 8 meter 2012 from Airush gives me thrill after thrill, truly. A happy kiter today.
6:30 and I’m up and out the front door off to Stone Town. In order to get there at a good rate, you have to take a Dala Dala. It costs around 2000 tsh but it’s then best way to get to get there and for sure the cheapest.most taxis want 45$ one way and that just crazy.
If you don’t mind sucking in a few petrol fumes and sitting next to the friendly locals trying to sell you everything they own including the latest in Zanzibar fashion, the experience should be a unforgettable one.
In Stone Town you know your in Africa. Your met with the instant hustle and bustle of the taxis rank and market place. Everything a tourist could want is here, clothes, African art, scarves for granny and mom, as well as spices to last your kitchen a life time. Your over welled and the only way to get throughout the day is to put your head down and only stop when your camera warrants it, or your eye catches something worth battering for.
After hours of walking round we find a great restaurant on the sea front called “Archipelago Cafe and restaurant” very well run and serves great food. Service is great as well, cheap to.
After enough shopping I’m ready to get back to the hotel and get myself together for day of Kitesurfing tomorrow.
I’m loving kitesurfing Zanzibar for sure and I have to say I see myself coming back here very soon again. Bring on daybreak and day 6. The Airush Varial X 2012 is calling my name.