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Why you should learn about the superfood Seaweed harvesting while in Zanzibar

Updated: Feb 13

Imagine strolling along the pristine beaches of Zanzibar, feeling the warm sand beneath your toes and the gentle breeze caressing your face. The turquoise waters stretch out before you, inviting you to dive into a world of vibrant marine life. But there's more to this paradise than meets the eye. As a black traveller, you have a unique opportunity to delve into the rich cultural heritage of Zanzibar and discover the hidden gem of seaweed harvesting.

While most tourists flock to Zanzibar for its stunning beaches and historic Stone Town, few are aware of the fascinating world that lies beneath the surface. Seaweed, often overlooked, is a superfood that has been harvested by the local communities for centuries. This humble plant, abundant in the crystal-clear waters surrounding Zanzibar, holds incredible health benefits and has even become an essential ingredient in the global beauty industry.

Join me on a journey as we explore the captivating world of seaweed harvesting in Zanzibar. Together, we'll uncover the secrets of this underrated superfood and discover how it has shaped the lives of the local communities. From traditional harvesting techniques passed down through generations to the modern innovations that have propelled Zanzibar's seaweed industry to new heights, we'll gain a deeper understanding of the cultural significance and economic impact of this remarkable plant.

What is Mwani Center:

Mwani Center is a popular destination located in Paje, Zanzibar. It is a community-based organization that focuses on promoting sustainable marine conservation and empowering the local community. Visiting Mwani Center in Paje is a great opportunity to learn more about marine ecosystems and contribute to a worthy cause.

Where is it located:

Box 1011, Paje, Zanzibar

In addition to marine activities, Paje itself is known for its stunning beaches and laid-back atmosphere. You can take leisurely walks along the shore, try your hand at kitesurfing (if you're feeling adventurous), or simply relax and soak up the sun on one of the picturesque beaches.

What to expect during your visit:

When planning your visit to Mwani Center, you can expect to engage in activities such as snorkelling, diving, or even joining a boat tour to explore the vibrant coral reefs and marine life in the area. The center also offers educational programs and workshops where you can learn about marine conservation efforts and the importance of protecting the ocean environment.

While visiting Mwani Center and Paje, it's essential to be mindful of the environment and follow sustainable tourism practices. As a responsible traveller, you can support the community by purchasing locally made crafts or products from the center.

· Paid Entrance fee of 20 USD at the end of your visit

· The center opens from 9 .30 am officially.

· Visiting the Seaweed harvesting pools on the beach and the skincare production unit take place in between 11 am and 2.30pm while the sea tide is low.

· About 1 h to 1h 30 of being talk through both from a local guide and some employees harvesting and demoing, the full process and taking pictures with you.

· You will also learn about local culture, the life of local communities of women & about the sustainability of the superfood.

· The low maintenance in terms of supporting the environment and cleaning the ocean and the drying out process.

· The mixing with essential oil and the soap baking process until fully dried out

· Bring your own pair of water shoes or else the center will provide some.

We hope we have inspired you enough to come and visit Zanzibar and add the Bohemian village of Paje to your next visit.

You can also read our previous blog posts about Zanzibar & Tanzania mainland:

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