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Paje

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... is a section of the south-east coast of Zanzibar Island off the coast of Tanzania.

This part of the coast features a magnificent white-sand beach which runs continuously for 20km, backed by stands of palm trees and fronted by a stunning coral lagoon with a fringing reef around 1km offshore.

This central section of this coast is where the main road arrives from Stonetown and is a relatively busy area, centred on the substantial village of Paje, which lies either side of the junction and is perhaps the least attractive of the villages on this stretch due to some substantial and unsympathetic modern development.

However Paje does hold an ace card ... the lagoon here is unusually sandy-floored, which means that it has an incredibly vivid turquoise colour and is absolutely perfect for kite-surfing. In fact it is one of the very best locations globally for this very popular new sport and uber-cool world champions can often be found mingling with the lesser mortals.

There is an extensive range of accommodation in the immediate vicinity, mostly aimed at a relatively young backpacker crowd. Most of the better quality accommodation on this section of coast is further north in the adjacent Bwejuu area.

In terms of activities, as well as the excellent kite-surfing, sailing and reef-walking are also good, but diving and snorkelling are not as strong as in the Matemwe to the north. It is a little too distant for day-trips to Stonetown, although the Jozani Forest is within relatively easy reach. Paje is one of the few locations on the island where you might actually find a little bit of night-life.

The whole of the Paje area is now backed by a sealed highway, which may be a lot less quaint than the old dirt track that used to wind its way through the palm trees, but which is considerably more efficient.


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