Paje Beach kite spot in Zanzibar

Africa kitesurf spot in Tanzania

Paje is located on the island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania , an island known for it's beautiful white sand and crystal blue water. Paje, on the island's east coast is gradually becoming a mecca for kitesurfing due to the huge amount of space, beautiful scenery and reliable breeze. Many non kitesurfing tourists prefer Zanzibar's more developed Northern beaches, but Paje offers an oasis of tranquility which draws more and more kitesurfers back each year. The kiteboard spot in Paje has 2 different trade winds which blow at different times of year, and you will generally find yourself riding between 9 and 12 square meter kites depending on the season. Most people visit Paje for the flat water, but for more seasoned kitesurfers and wave riders, there is a reef further out where the waves can break up to about 2 meters high.

In recent years, the quality of kite schools and accommodation have improved significantly and now you are spoilt for choice. In nearby restaurants, fresh seafood is the norm and although it can be a bit pricey in places, the locals sure know how to cook it to perfection. Because orders take a bit longer, be patient and go with the flow, don't expect fast food and you won't be disappointed. Time seems to slow down in Paje, so going barefoot and relaxing is the norm. For nature lovers and kiteboarding enthusiasts, it's a must visit location.

Off Season

  1. Mar
  2. Apr
  3. Oct
  4. Nov

Early Season

  1. May
  2. Dec

Peak Season

  1. Jan
  2. Jun
  3. Jul
  4. Aug

Late Season

  1. Feb
  2. Sep

Kitesurfing wind conditions in Paje Beach

From June to October and from December to March are the two seasons for kitesurfing, and the wind in both seasons blows cross onshore so it's very beginner friendly. The Kusi blows from the south-east from June to October and maxes out around 25 knots, whereas the Kaskasi blows from the north-east from December and is generally a bit more chilled topping out at 20 knots or so. Most of the time the wind builds through the day so the strongest conditions are in the afternoon. The water temperature is constantly above 24 degrees celsius, so you can leave your winter gear at home unless you get cold easily, which can happen during Africa's winter months (June-September). You'd need only a 2mm shorty at most.

Around the kite spot Paje Beach

Paje is a great place to hang out with other kitesurfers, with a load of nice local cafes and restaurants all around the beach and town. If you fancy a day off from kitesurfing there is incredible diving to be done in Paje, with SUP (Stand Up Paddle) trips, surfing and enjoying the views also excellent options. Jozani forest is not far away, and...

Wind Forecast for Paje Beach

Wind Stats for Paje Beach

Travel facts

  • accommodation

    at the spot

  • camper parking

    Overnight

  • car parking

    Nearby

  • public transport

    Mellow

  • rental cars

    Not recommended

Kite conditions

  • body wear

    board shorts, short neo

  • downwinder

    Yes

  • ride type

    freeride, freestyle, wakestyle, wave

  • skill level

    beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional

  • spot type

    island, lagoon, ocean

  • starting area

    sandy beach

  • water condition

    choppy, flat, high, medium

  • wind daytime

    in the afternoon, midday

  • tide dependency

    Yes

At the spot

  • date factor

    4 - high

  • emergency

    A rescue service, Kite repair

  • has toilet

    Yes

  • shallow water

    More than 500m