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Dhow Inn

4 stars

Zanzibar, Africa

The Dhow Inn is a small boutique hotel with a modern and stylish decor, 2 swimming pools, butler pool service, superb restaurants plus cocktail lounge bar whilst looking out across the Indian Ocean.

The Dhow Inn is situated in the friendly fishing village of Paje, a tranquil and characteristic place known for having one of the most beautiful beaches in East Africa that you will mostly share with seaweed farmers, fishermen and Masaai. Coming from the beach, the Dhow Inn is in the second row behind Jambo Bar so not directly on the beach but with great views from the restaurant and a short stroll away.

The Dhow Inn is a small but well appointed boutique hotel with a modern and stylish decor. It has 24 standard and 4 superior rooms, with more space and will take a third bed. Located in one of two separate areas, each accommodation area has it's own swimming pool. Enjoy a complimentary refreshing drink on arrival with mini-bar (payable locally) on your personal terrace. Lounge by the pool in a comfy, contemporary day bed and enjoy room or pool-side butler service. The rooms have air conditioning and ceiling fan, hot pressure water from solar heaters, king sized beds with spacious over-sized mosquito nets, toilet and shower, directly off the bedroom, separated for independent use, safe box, telephone, free WIFI plus outside storage for beach gear.

The Dhow Inn offers a choice of restaurants, a lounge and a bar to enjoy a wide variety of fresh food and cocktails in a relaxed setting. Choose from breakfast, half-board or full-board arrangements. The three distinctive and chic eating and drinking environments, each with a unique menu and ambiance, provide you with variety and choices depending on your mood. For  more formal dining,  there is “The First Floor” restaurant, located in a private area upstairs. This restaurant is an elegant and intimate place to savour a fine, full course dinner with high level service while overlooking the stunning sea and swaying coconut trees. The Grill offers carefully selected meats and seafood caught daily off the shores of Zanzibar  Tastefully seasoned and cooked over charcoal in the open flame grill. A choice of delicious side dishes and an array of sauces compliment the fresh grilled meat. The Bar & Lounge offers a cool,  atmosphere to chill out and socialize. Sip on a tropical cocktail, nibble tasty food, play pool or catch a game on the satellite TV. Enjoy the intimate atmosphere inside The Bar or kick-back on the terrace of The Lounge with views of the stunning Indian Ocean.

The Dhow Inn has 3 swimming pools. There are also washing and storage facilities for your kitesurf equipment, rental of water proof mobile phones rental, laundry service (chargeable locally), nearby shops, massage service and free WIFI in public areas and guest rooms free of charge. The hotel has a small private beach with some sun beds where you can relax. Nearby there is beach volleyball and table tennis,

5* PADI IDC Diving centre within 15 minutes walk offering a complete range of PADI courses. More >

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Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Wreck Diving Tech Diving






Best Time: July - March

Average Air temps: 27°C

Average Water temps: 24°C

Visibility: 10-30m

Top Dive Sites: Mmenba Marine Park and Atoll, 'Pemba' channel, Mafia Island and Pange Reef (for beginners), Mnemba Atoll Leven Banks pinnacle, .HMS Pegasus (19th Century battle cruiser).
Inside the reef - The Lagoon, Lagoon Mounding & Stingray City with shallow depths 6-18m, colourful coral & varied marine life with gentle conditions for courses and novice divers. More >

Dive Centre: Courses and Dive Packages  More >

Great Reasons to Dive in Zanzibar, Tanzania

  • Ideal for Learn to dive
  • Mantas, sharks, groupers & large pelagics
  • Caves and Caverns
  • Beautiful walls & corals (multiple nudibranchs)
  • Whale Sharks (Oct-Mar)
  • Humpback Whales (Sept)
  • Fast drifts
  • Spectacular sand beaches, historic stone town to visit.


Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

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