Fishing in Zanzibar

Fishing in Zanzibar - Giant Trivally

Zanzibar is fortunate in having superb fishing almost all the year. Fishing in Zanzibar is synonymous as some of the most exhilarating and challenging deep-sea fishing is available.

When the North East monsoon blows, the billfish arrive in great numbers.

When is the best season for fishing?

This merely depends on your target fish. Our recommendation is between August and October. This is when the biggest of the marlins are available. Below is the our schedule for fishing in Zanzibar.

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The Striped Marlin (Nov-Mar)

It is the most prolific of the Marlin and they seasonally migrate through the natural corridor between Zanzibar and the mainland.

This fish is well-known for its fighting ability and is renowned for its speed and acrobatic displays. It has a reputation for spending more time in the air than in the water just after it is hooked.

Fishing in Zanzibar - A Striped Marlin
Fishing in Zanzibar - A Black Marlin

The Black Marlin (Aug-Oct)

A highly rated game fishing in Zanzibar, the Black Marlin has the power, size and persistence of which anglers dream!

The Black Marlin in Zanzibar and East African waters are generally larger than the other Marlin and have short, heavy bodies with the fins virtually locked in position.

The Blue Marlin (Aug-Oct)

The Blue Marlin is the largest of the Marlin family. It is a more streamlined version of the Black Marlin.

It has a long slender bill extending up to a virtual point on the top of the head where the dorsal fin slants, resulting in a huge speed take off compared to other Marlin.

Fishing Zanzibar - A Blue Marlin
Fishing Zanzibar - Shortbill Spearfish

The Shortbill Spearfish (Aug-Oct)

This elusive game fish does exist in the waters of Zanzibar on the Pemba Channel, but is infrequently encountered and rarely seen and caught.

This fish is a highly migratory deep-water species feeding at or near the surface on medium-sized fish, including Dorado, Flying Fish and Pilot Fish, Squid and Crustaceans. They appear to be available all year in small numbers. The methods are the same as for other billfish.

The Sailfish (Jan-Dec)

The Sailfish is one of the most strikingly colourful game fish of all - its outstanding feature is the long, high first dorsal which is slate or cobalt blue with a scattering of black spots. Its body is dark blue and silver and lights up with white dots and lines of electric blue.

Fishing Zanzibar - Sailfish
Zanzibar Fishing - Broadbill

The Broadbill (Jan-Dec)

Broadbill is known as the 'Gladiator of the Sea' due to its reputation of being the toughest of all the billfish with a violent mood, and is considered by many to be the toughest of all billfish to catch.

The Tuna (Aug-Oct)

From August we start to see large numbers of migrating Yellowfin Tuna fish, which are, pound for pound, one of the strongest fish that swim and can put up a challenging fight.

These swift, sleek marauders of the worlds' oceans can be picked out from their close relatives by their bright yellow finlets and belly.

Lesser game fish:

  • The Giant Trevally
  • The Kingfish
  • The Dorado
  • The Wahoo
  • The Barracuda
Zanzibar Fishing - Tuna Fish

Fishing Rates (per trip)

Half Day: 5hrs (06:30 - 11:30 or 13:30 - 18:30)
USD 440
USD 570
USD 740
Full Day: 8hrs (06:30 - 14:30)
USD 645
USD 845
USD 940

Prices Inclusions

Charter of boat & Skipper
Bait, Tackle
Equipment hire
Lunch (full day) or Snacks (half day)
All Taxes


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