Venture out into the village set behind the resorts. It's a tiny little village with one small main shop selling bare essentials, but you will see how the local people live. On the occasions we went into the village we were surrounded by children wanting their picture taken, to be picked up or swung around. This can be quite daunting when there 20...more
As there is little in Paje but a small village and miles of sandy beach to keep ourselves entertained when the tide was out we would take a walk out into the shallows, find some nice shiney shells and present these to the nearest hermit crab whose own shell was a bit weather beaten and green. It's funny to watch them checking out their new home and...more
Keep your ear to the ground about what is going on in the village. There are often parties going on or football matches with other local villages which you can watch. Make friends with a local on the beach who can keep you updated with the local events so you don't miss out.The football pitch is at the roundabout in Paje village.more
Mariano's is a small place right off the beach that offers huge servings of fresh seafood.
Favorite Dish: You get three fillets of the fish of the day when you order the fish. He can usually show you the fish before dinner time. You get a huge bowl of rice and coconut curry vegetables or what ever it is you order. The staff (the family) is really friendly. The price cannot be beaten. There is no other place like this in Paje. You must make reservation several hours ahead of time and tell them exactly what you want. The ambiance is great!
Kinazi Upepo is a small resort offering wooden bandas for about $20 a night. They also have a good bar with some decent music. It also has a TV in there which will show some sporting events.However.... this resort has now been taken over by Cristal Resort (practically next door) and hopefully they will keep up the good reputation that Kinazi had...more
Paje By Night is one of the best watering holes in Paje as it has satelite TV. I have seen Premiership Matches, Rugby Matches, and Cricket here as well as some movies. It's the only place in Paje that you can veg in front of the TV.Drinks are readily available, although, the food isn't so great and a bit expensive. Go to Mariano's for dinner...more
The easist and quickest was to get around is by cab and it's worth getting friendly with a trustworthy taxi driver who will pick you up and take you around the island.We met a very reliable Taxi driver in Stone Town who charges reasonable prices (cheaper than they will quote you in the resorts). From Stone Town to Paje we paid $45 and took about an...more
To get to Paje from Stonetown, arrange a taxi from your hotel. It should cost no more than 5000 Tanzania Shillings, but you can get it for less. They will pick you up in a mini van and take you to all the good guest houses. You choose which one you like. They are very accomodating (to Paje anyway it was a bit frustrating going to Kendwa).more
There is one main shop in Paje Village that I spotted, which is the main 'supermarket'. You can pick up snacks, bottled water, tinned food, bread, toiletries, postcards and some other bits and pieces. Prices can be quite expensive here in comparison to other things.
There are some other tiny little places up near the roundabout where you can get water, but this is little more than a counter.
There are no souvenier shops in Paje. The was one stall near Paje By Night that was selling paintings but that was it. Suggest any shopping for nik naks should be done in Stone Town, alternatively you can pick some things up in the airport.
If you go out into the village, women should take care to cover their arms and legs. This is a predominantly muslim country so may be offended if you walk around town in tiny shorts and a bikini top. Men should also wear a t-shirt and longer shorts.
Although during my stay in Paje I had not encountered any trouble at all I do feel I should post a warning about a number of the hotels along the beach in this area including Crystal (where I stayed). I am aware of a number of armed robberies that have allegedly taken place, where men have walked up from the beach and held up the tourists in the...more
Lost or delayed luggage occurs very frequently in Zanzibar. It usually happens if you've changed planes on your journey to the island. On my small flight (with about 30 people) about 5-6 passergers bags were left in Nairobi, probably due to the short turnover. My bag was one of them and fortunately it turned up on the next flight and was delivered...more
During my stay there was a major power blackout on the island (June 2008) this had lasted 3 weeks and could possibly continue for some time. Most major hostels/resorts will have a generator, however it's worth calling them to check this if you are travelling soon. This means that the island is in darkness and makes it quite daunting venturing out...more
You can walk along the beach to Jambiani, this will take you about 45 minutes to an hour but you should take footware with you as you will need to pass some rocky parts on your way there. Best to start out when the tide is going out as this rocky part may come impassable at high tide.
Paje seemed a popular place to kite surf during high tide. The wind is quite strong as the tide turns and a number of people took to the sea. Was fun watching them aproach and jump over the local fishing boats in the water.
It gets quite windy in the late afternoon and evening so it would be wise to take a cardigan or some long sleeve tops with you as the wind can be quite chilly. Usually the wind starts to pick up when the tide begins to come in whenever that may be. It also means that the cool breeze decieves you and you could be left red faced at the end of the...more
A lot of places close during the rainy season, April-May. We arrived at the end of May and only Cristal Resort was open in Paje. Many places will start to open their doors in the first week of June. This goes for restaurants too. On the positive side, it was absolutely deserted there and would not have been the same if it had been swarming with...more