Bazaruto & Quirimbas & Zanzibar & Madagascar

East African Islands All-Inclusive Yacht Charter Holidays   

Yacht Cruising in the East African Islands

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Yacht Cruising in the East African Islands

Benguerra Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago Mozambique, Quilalea Quirimbas Archipelago Mozambique


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Crewed Yacht Charters Cruising in Africa’s East Coast Islands

Clapotis-Mer Yachting services offer all-inclusive crewed yacht charters aboard a range of fully equipped power and sail catamarans cruising off the coast of Mozambique and around the Zanzibar Archipelago. Our yacht charter organisation operates in the most exciting sailing locations off the northeast coast of Africa with fantastic snorkelling over coral reefs and sandbanks, kayaking, fishing and scuba diving activities. You can combine your yacht charter with wildlife safaris in Tanzania or Mozambique to enjoy amazing and affordable expeditions and adventure holidays in East Africa.

Our East African Islands based yacht charter holiday packages include the services of a qualified Skipper and Stewardess/Cook, full board meals and local drinks, bed linen, the costs of operating the vessel, Marine National Park entrance fees, use of the yacht’s outboard engine powered tender and water sports.

 Your sailing cruise can start from Vilanculos in the south of Mozambique just a few miles off the Bazaruto Archipelago and can end either at Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar.

If your charter is long enough you will be able to explore the beautiful islands off East Africa including Bazaruto, the Quirimbas, Ibo Island, The Island of Mozambique, Vamizi and Metundo Islands, St Lazarus Bank, Zanzibar Archipelago and Mafia Island. This lies about 80 miles (130 km) south east of Dar es Salaam and opposite the mouth of Rufiji River in Tanzania.

Some of the most attractive Wildlife National Parks and Game Reserves to visit in Tanzania offer luxury safari tent accommodation with all-inclusive meal packages. You can cruise from Bazaruto up to the Quirimbas, take a short flight to the safari camp in Tanzania and return to Mafia Island, where the yacht will be ready to continue with your sailing holiday.

The Zanzibar Archipelago lies off Tanzania on the coast of East Africa and comprises Unguja, Pemba Island, Mafia Island and numerous coral atoll islands. With their white-sand beaches and crystal blue waters they are fantastic for sailing adventure yacht charter holiday.
You’ll arrive at Stone Town airport, be met by your crew and join your boat in either in Stone Town or Nunqwi to start your sailing cruise. Both make excellent but very different starting points. Stone Town is the magical trading city of Zanzibar, where ancient Arabic history blends with the Swahili culture. Nungwi is a holiday sea resort on the north east coast of Zanzibar and has the Mnarani Turtle Sanctuary.
Sail across the famous Pemba Channel to Njao Gap on Pemba Island with its lovely coral gardens to find one of the most beautiful anchorages on the east coast of Africa. You can visit the stunning Ngezi Rainforest or enjoy scuba diving at Fundu Gap and then, after a short sail, you’ll anchor overnight at Uvinje Gap. Anchor off the southeast coast of Pemba Island in a beautiful inland lagoon or on Ras Upembe Island with its big game fishing and scuba diving. You might well catch a large fish as you sail back to Zanzibar Island early in the morning.
Cruise south to the Misali Island Marine Conservation Area. You’ll have a wide choice of destinations as you cruise including Mafia Island, Songa Songa Island, Kilwa and Mtwara off the south coast of Tanzania. 
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The Bazaruto Archipelago is an attractive adventure yacht charter holiday destination with five islands (Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue off the south coast of Mozambique

The best time to explore Bazaruto by boat is between May and November. You will cruise from Vilanculos or Inhassoro to one of the largest National Marine Parks and Conservation Areas off the coast of East Africa. The Bazaruto Archipelago has gained a reputation as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ where sand dunes, tidal flats and crystal clear lagoon waters are to be found as the tide falls. The coral reefs are home to a wide variety of fish species and marine mammals. Vilanculos has ruins nearby and is well worth a visit.

 

 

The Quirimbas Archipelago consists of 31 islands stretching south from Cape Delgado off the coast of Mozambique. They include Ibo Island, Matemo, Medjumbe, Quirimba, Metundo, Quisiva, Vamizi and Rolas Island and the area runs up to the Tanzanian border

The best time to sail in the Quirimbas islands is between May and November. The Quirimbas National Park is formed from the eleven most southerly islands. You will meet arrive at Pemba Airport, meet your crew and join your boat either at Pemba or Ibo Island. On a seven day charter you’ll have a wide choice of possible destinations. You will learn how to cast a fishing rod from the boat while cruising to the southern Quirimba islands. Then anchor off Quilalea island overnight and, next morning, set sail for Quisiva Island to visit the old fort. Continue to Ibo Island with its interesting history, Rolas Island and Matemo island with its holiday resort. After that cruise north to Medjumbe, a tiny tropical East African island. 

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St Lazarus Bank lies in the Indian Ocean about 100 nautical miles off the north east coast of Mozambique. 

The best time for a sailing trip to the St Lazarus Bank is between August and December and the usual starting point is Pemba. The Bank lies to the east of Quilaluia Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is a real paradise for adventure sailing holidays with plenty of water-sports activities. Marine life abounds in these crystal clear waters.

Bassas Da India is an uninhabited and remote atoll in the middle of the southern Mozambique Channel which can only be seen at low tide.

 It is halfway between Mozambique and Madagascar and the best time to sail around this area in the Indian Ocean is between May and July. 

Private Boat Charter Holidays in Madagascar’s northern islands.

 Northern Madagascar is an unspoilt and exceptional yacht charter holiday destination in the Indian Ocean. “The Great Island ” is gigantic and has progressively drifted away from the coast of Mozambique. Madagascar’s northern cruising area is home to tiny uninhabited islands and is a real treasure of lush exotic tropical nature with mysterious mangroves. 
Nosy Be is an idyllic starting point for a private boat charter to the Mitsio and Radama archipelagos. The best time of year to cruise around these islands off the east coast of Africa is between April and December. 

Clapotis Mer Yachting can help you to choose the holiday and sailing itinerary for the East African Islands off the coast of Tanzania and Mozambique that best meets your needs. Our All-Inclusive Crewed Yacht Charters in the East African Islands offer exciting opportunities for big game fishing sports, snorkelling and scuba diving in Zanzibar, the Bazaruto, the Quirimbas and St Lazarus in the Indian Ocean.

 

50 ft Voyage Sailing Catamaran

Clapotis-Mer Yachting Yacht Cruising are pleased to offer all inclusive and exclusive yacht charters in Zanzibar’s most attractive cruising locations aboard this sailing catamaran. She is fully equipped and crewed to provide fun yacht charter holidays which include a variety of water sports and leisure activities including big game sport fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling.

This popular cruising catamaran has recently been totally refitted and now has modern electronic navigation systems and air conditioning throughout. The ample outdoor living areas encourage you to relax and the stern of the boat is perfect for fishing, scuba diving and swimming in crystal clear waters. The aft cockpit has a large dining area and there’s seating with cushions and padded backrests all around. The saloon is bright and spacious with a leather sofa and an American bar area plus a flat screen TV with CD/DVD player. The guest accommodation is for up to eight people in four double cabins. Each has a king size bed, en-suite bathroom and a shower. The crew cabin has a separate bathroom. The large gourmet galley is equipped with a stove, oven, microwave, fridge and two deep freezers. The 800 litre fresh water tank is supplied by two 80 litre per hour water makers and there’s a washing machine and an ice maker.

There are two swimming ladders and two fresh water deck showers at the transom and plenty of water sports and boat leisure activities are available on board. They include a four metre RIB with a 25 HP/40 HP outboard engine, water skis, a wakeboard, four sea kayaks and snorkeling equipment. There is a good selection of fishing equipment including artificial lures, trolling gear, stand-up rods and reels, jigging and popping fishing tackles. Scuba diving is possible and the boat has a Bauer Junior dive compressor and six sets of scuba dive equipment for the use of certified divers under the guidance of the boat’s Dive Master.

These boat charter holidays include the services of three crew, full board meals, full bed linen sets, soft drinks, mineral water, beer and wine, Marine Conservation area, kayaks, fuel, use of the inflatable boat tender and its 25/40 HP outboard engine, all trolling fishing and snorkeling equipment and scuba diving if you are a certified diver.

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54 ft Cruising Power Catamaran

Clapotis-Mer Yachting’s specialist services offer private, inclusive luxury boat charters in the Zanzibar Archipelago off the east coast of Tanzania in East Africa aboard this fun sport cruiser catamaran with excellent opportunities for fishing and spearfishing charters, scuba diving and snorkeling.

Your crew will meet you at Stone Town airport and you can elect to start your cruising holiday with a guided tour around this historical port city with its ancient Arabic Sultan’s palaces and Paje which is famed for its kitesurfing. You’ll start with a boat cruise from Stone Town to Nungwi (in the northern end of Zanzibar) and the Baraka’s Turtle Sanctuary. Set sail for Mnemba Island, a Marine Reserve with pristine coral reefs off the northeast coast of Zanzibar, and anchor at Kendwa Rock before a passage to Tumbatu Island. You can cruise further north to Pemba Island known as “the Green Island” in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania. Alternatively choose to cruise to the south of Zanzibar and swim with the dolphins.

This is a comfortable, fully equipped and crewed cruising catamaran. The interior is well ventilated by electric fans and natural air circulation through the open hatches. The large outdoor living areas include a foredeck with two trampolines which are perfect for sunbathing and a padded aft deck cockpit area where you can chill out and enjoy lunch. The spacious saloon has cushioned seating and a dining area and the amenities include an LCD TV, music systems with bluetooth and a hard drive loaded with movies. The private accommodation for six guests is in three double cabins with each having a queen size bed, dressing area, storage, and en suite bathroom/shower facilities together with bath towels. The separate crew quarter has its own bathroom. The galley has a gas stove, fridge, freezers and an ice machine and there is a water maker and washing machine.

There are two swimming ladders and deck showers on the transom steps plus ample water sport, diving and fishing equipment. It includes a 3,6 m tender boat with 15 HP Yamaha outboard engine, a double sea kayak, snorkelling gear and plenty of fishing equipment. There is an electric dive compressor and dive equipment with scuba diving available for certified divers under the guidance of the vessel’s Dive Master.

Our boat charter holidays include the services of two crew, transfers from Stone Town airport to the boat and return, a guided visit in Stone Town, full board meals, soft drinks, cruising permit in Mnemba island, all fuel, use of the sea kayak, inflatable boat tender together with all fishing and snorkelling equipment. There are additional charges (payable to the yacht’s captain) for using the boat’s dive equipment, the alcoholic drinks or bottled water that you consume, personal fishing licence(s), port fees, local taxes and cruising permits.

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45 ft Sailing Catamaran

Clapotis-Mer Yacht Cruising are pleased to offer all inclusive private boat charters in the Zanzibar Archipelago (in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Tanzania in East Africa) aboard this sailing catamaran .

You will meet the crew at Stone Town airport and have a guided tour of this historical port town which includes visiting the ancient Arabic Sultan’s mansions and a visit to Pajea which is a popular kitesurfing holiday resort on the east coast of Zanzibar.

Your cruise will start with a sail to Nungwi in the north of Zanzibar where you can visit the Baraka’s Turtle Sanctuary. Follow this with an easy passage to Mnemba Island is a Marine Reserve with abundant fish species and coral reefs off the northeast coast of Zanzibar and anchor off Kendwa Rocks Beach. You will normally then sail to Tumbatu Island and further north to Pemba Island to explore parts of the Zanzibar Archipelago. You may also choose to set course for Kizimkazi in the south of Zanzibar where you may well be able to swim with dolphins. Normally you’ll cruise in gentle tropical breezes that blow from a south-easterly to a north-easterly direction (depending on the time of year) across the islands of Zanzibar and always parallel to the east coast of Africa.

Our package deal for these sailing holidays includes the services of the yacht’s crew of two, transfer from Stone Town airport to the port of embarkation in Stone Town and back again, a guided tour of Stone Town, full board meals, soft drinks, cruising permit in Mnemba island, all fuel and use of the water sports equipment listed. You will need to pay separately for hire of dive equipment, alcoholic drinks, bottled water, personal fishing licence(s), port fees, local taxes and cruising permits.

This well equipped and crewed catamaran has a comfortable interior with natural air ventilation. Outdoor living spaces feature the foredeck with trampolines for sunbathing plus a well set up aft cockpit area where you can relax and enjoy lunch and dinner prepared by the cook. The spacious main lounge has a cushioned sofa around a dining table. On board entertainment includes an LCD TV, music systems with Bluetooth and a hard drive loaded with movies. The comfortable accommodation for six guests comprises three double cabins each fitted with a queen size bed, a dressing area, storage, en suite bathroom/shower facilities and bath towels. The separate crew quarter has its own bathroom. A water maker supplies a good quantity of freshwater and the galley has a gas stove, fridge, freezer and ice machine.

There are two swimming ladders and deck showers on the transom steps. Water sports include a 4,2 metre tender boat with 15 HP Yamaha outboard engine, a sea kayak, snorkeling gear and plenty of fishing equipment.

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48 ft Twin Spirit Power Catamaran

Clapotis-Mer Boating Holidays are pleased to offer exclusive full-board cruising yacht charters aboard this fully equipped and crewed power catamaran. She operates in the most popular islands of Zanzibar and Mozambique and her base varies with the seasons. Between April and August she will cruise from Vilanculos to the Bazaruto Archipelago off the south of Mozambique. From the end of August till December she will head from Pemba for the Quirimbas Islands off the north of Mozambique and further north east towards St Lazarus Bank. During the rest of the year she will sail for Mafia island in the Zanzibar Archipelago off the coast of Tanzania and the Comoros Islands or Northern Madagascar provide other interesting and remote areas of the Indian Ocean for you to discover.

The yacht was totally refitted in spring 2017 and is now equipped with full electronic navigation instruments. Her two 240 HP Yanmar engines allow her to cruise at between 10 and 20 knots. She provides comfortable sport cruising holidays with a range of water sport activities that include big game sport fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling. The fly bridge has padded seats and two lunch tables for outside dining and the ample aft deck cockpit area with fishing rod holders around the rails is ideal for big game fishing. The yacht’s interior has a bright saloon with cushioned seating and a bar. The main lounge leads onto the boat’s stern area and you’ll find a flat screen TV, music sound systems and two portable air conditioners.

There is accommodation for eight guests in three cabins and two bathroom / shower facilities with hot and cold water. The fore cabin has two queen size double beds and a single bed as well as two bunk beds. Two other cabins each have a standard size double bed. The crew has a separate cabin. The galley has two fridges, a freezer, oven, ice machine, microwave and all dinnerware together with a 130 l/h water maker.

The boat’s transom is fitted with a huge dive-swim platform, safety stainless steel handrails and a BBQ grill. Water sports and boat leisure equipment includes the boat’s tender and outboard engine, deep sea fishing equipment, six sets of snorkelling equipment and scuba diving equipment for seven people plus a 100 l/h on board Bauer dive compressor.

Our yacht charter package includes the services of the three crew, airport transfers, full board meals, soft drinks and bottled water, the use of a boat tender, snorkelling and fishing equipment. Scuba diving includes weights and diving tanks. Alcoholic drinks and other dive equipment hire are separately charged.

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45 ft Island Spirit cruising catamaran

Book with Clapotis-Mer’s yacht cruising for an exclusive, all inclusive and full board crewed yacht charter holiday aboard this high quality cruising catamaran in some of the most popular sailing grounds in the Indian Ocean

The Eastern African Islands have a wide selection of starting points and cruise itineraries and the exact details will depend on the yacht’s position during the boating holiday dates that you want. Here are some examples:

  • Depart from Stone Town or Dar Es Salaam (a large port city on the coast of Tanzania) to sail to the Zanzibar Archipelago.
  • Start your boat trip from Vilanculos on the southeast coast of Mozambique to visit the Bazaruto Archipelago or Linene Island Resort, San Sebastian nature reserve off the central coast of Mozambique.
  • You will cruise from Quelimane, a historical seaport and beach holiday resort on the east central coast of Mozambique to explore the Primeira Islands which extend along the north-eastern coast of Mozambique to the port city of Angoche.
  • Pemba, a port town on the northeast coast of Mozambique, is the departure point for the Quirimba Islands or St Lazarus Bank.
  • Set sail from Morondava for the Barren Islands off the west coast of Madagascar and from Nosy Be to see Northern Madagascar.

This motor sailing catamaran yacht is fully equipped and crewed and was built in 2011. She offers fun fishing and scuba diving sports and has ample outdoor living spaces including two foredeck trampolines, a boarding ladder on the bow (with wood steps leading into the water) and a cushioned aft deck cockpit shaded by a hardtop. This is a pleasant area in which to relax and enjoy the meals cooked by the chef. The teak aft deck platform means you can catch big fish from a fighting chair at the boat’s stern and, in addition, there’s big game fishing tackle equipment on the top roof. Two ledges close to the water level makes it easy to scuba dive and to bring the fish aboard the boat. There is also a swimming ladder, a fresh water shower and a BBQ grill on the transom .

Two 125 HP Yanmar engines give a cruising speed of between 9 and 16 knots and guests can volunteer to help the crew and get involved in steering the boat (including night watches) during offshore sailing passages. The electronic navigation and communication equipment includes two GPS units, an auto-pilot, fish finder and VHF radio. The galley has a stove and oven, two deep freezers and a fridge together with an external gas BBQ and accessories. The on board watermaker supplies 150 litres of freshwater per hour. The yacht’s interior is comfortable and well ventilated by fans and natural fresh air. The spacious main lounge is fitted with a cushioned sofa and a dining table and the on board entertainment includes an LCD TV, sound systems, CD Player and a selection of DVDs. The private accommodation for six guests is in three cabins and they all have a standard size double bed plus storage and en suite bathroom/shower facilities. The crew has a separate cabin and facilities.

Water sports and boating leisure include a boat tender with an outboard engine, enough trolling fishing rods and reels with line for six fishermen, an on-board diving air compressor, dive tanks, belts, weights and snorkeling equipment for six certified divers.

Our holiday charter package cost includes the yacht’s two person crew (skipper and cook/deckhand), round trip airport transfers, full board (three meals per day), two to six cases of soft drinks, four cases of bottled water, tea and coffee and full bed linen sets plus all fuel used and use of the watersports and leisure equipment listed above. Bath towels, alcoholic drinks, additional soft drinks, dive and snorkeling equipment for hire, fishing lures replacement and visas (fishing licence, port fees, local taxes and cruising permits for visiting yachts if it applies) are not included and must be paid for separately.

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28 metre Sailing Schooner

Clapotis-Mer’s expert services offer boating holidays aboard this schooner rigged sailing yacht. Enjoy full board private boat charters in some of the most attractive cruising locations in Northern Madagascar off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. This popular yacht is fully crewed and equipped to offer nature-discovery sailing holidays in Madagascar’s northern islands.

You’ll start your yacht charter from Nosy Be and head for the Mitsio and Radama archipelagos or any other nearby areas you may prefer for your ten to fourteen day sailing cruise. This yacht can sail long distances across the Mozambique Channel.

Our holiday charter package includes her crew of three (captain, cook and deckhand), full board meals with house wine and mineral water, full bed linen, all fuel, use of two boat tenders, two sea kayaks, fishing and snorkeling equipment. Scuba diving and dive equipment is available for hire.

This is a boat that sails very well and, weather permitting, her retractable daggerboard allows her to anchor close to the sandy beaches. Navigation instruments includes marine VHF radios, a radar, GPS and depth sounder.

The flush deck features ample outdoor living areas to relax and includes a wide aft cockpit with a dining and seating area under an awning. A transom platform is ideal for swimming and scuba diving.

The saloon is bright and spacious with a leather sofa laid around a lacquered wood dining table, a large video library. The pleasant lounge area lets you chill out and dine in comfort. On board amenities include a wide LCD TV, DVD player, video recorder, computers with Wi-Fi connection and email, a printer and scanner. The galley has a freezer, fridge and watermaker supplying 180 litres of freshwater per hour.  Delicious natural meals with tropical flavours are prepared and served on board.

Private accommodation for ten guests is made up from three comfortable aft cabins with double size beds (140×190 cm) for two adults plus a separate single bed (90×190 cm). The large fore cabin has two bunk (upper and lower) beds for four adults on port side and two bunk beds for four adults on starboard, plus a dressing area and a saloon table. A spare a quarter berth (70×190 cm) is next to the navigation station.  There are two bathroom/shower facilities and a washing machine. The crew has separate quarters.

Water sports include a 4 metre boat tender with 25 HP outboard engine, fishing and snorkeling equipment, a 5 metre dive boat with 60 HP outboard engine for eight divers. Scuba diving is available and there are two Bauer dive compressors and eighteen scuba tanks plus dive rite regulators and BCD’s for the use of certified divers, who will be guided by the Dive Master.

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47 ft Lagoon Sailing Catamaran

Clapotis-Mer have a great deal of expertise in arranging private, exclusive and luxury yachting holidays. We are pleased to offer full board boat charters aboard this fully equipped and crewed sailing catamaran operating in Madagascar’s northern islands off the coast of Mozambique in the Indian Ocean.

You’ll start your cruise from Nosy Be (called the Perfumed island) off the north west coast of Madagascar and head for the beautiful Mitsio and Radama Archipelagos. Your holiday starts when you meet the crew at Fascene international airport and then you’ll be driven to your boat.

This sailing catamaran has been recently renovated and was totally refitted in 2008.  She sails well in the gentle trade winds blowing southwest or northeast along the east coast of Africa. Our sailing holiday package includes the services of three crew (skipper, cook and deckhand), full board meals, bed linen, all fuel, use of a boat tender, fishing and snorkeling equipment, taxes in Madagascar and airport round-trip transfers. Scuba diving and dive equipment is available to rent. Alcoholic and soft drinks are chargeable at the end of the cruise.

The large outdoor living spaces feature a foredeck with trampolines for sunbathing and a pleasant aft deck cockpit area to relax and dine. The boat’s interior is comfortable and naturally ventilated with a spacious saloon fitted with a cushioned sofa and seats around a table. You’ll enjoy convivial and delicious meals freshly prepared by the cook and featuring Malagasy specialties. On board amenities and entertainment include a Pioneer Hi-Fi music sound system with CD/USB. Private accommodation for eight guests is in four double cabins and all are fitted with a queen size bed, dressing area, storage and en suite bathroom/shower facilities. There’s hot and cold water and 220v plug sockets are available in each cabin and the saloon. The crew’s quarter is separate.

A watermaker supplies 200 litres of freshwater per hour. The galley has a gas stove/oven, fridge and freezer and all dinnerware., There’s also a cockpit refrigerator. Navigation instruments and telecommunication include GPS, chartplotter, radar, echo sounder, cruising guides, marine VHF radios and a cellular phone.

There are four solar panels, two dive platforms with swimming ladders and a deck shower on transom. Water sports include a boat tender with a 25 horsepower outboard engine, fishing tackle and eight sets of snorkeling gear, dive equipment for four divers and a Bauer dive compressor.

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