The conditions on Zanzibar are almost always perfect for beginners and experts alike.
The best months for beginners are from mid-June until mid-October and the end of December until mid-March.The wind is always side onshore. From June until October the Kusi blows from the south-east, in December the Kaskasi blows from the north-east.
The best months for experts are from mid-June until mid-September and the end of December/beginning of January until the end of February. While the above listed time-frames are the norm, variations do occur. Therefore we do recommend you to check the wind history on the island.
The average wind speed is around 16 knots, usually increasing towards the end of the day in the late afternoon and early evening.The most commonly used kite sizes are 12, 10 and 9 meters, with some occasional 7 meter kiting, depending on your body weight and the wind speed.
The water temperature is always over 24 degrees so your wet-suit can stay at home, unless you are easily prone to coldness which can occasionally happen in Africa's winter months (June-September). At most though you need a 2mm shorty.
In the lagoon, in front of the centre, you will find a perfect kite heaven, shallow water for beginners and flat water for freestyle / freeride experts.
Sandy bottom everywhere, teh lagoon is spit up into 2 parts, seperated by a seaweed farming area, very easy to see and to pass to the other part.
Booties / shoes can be taken, but are not used a lot, except for learning how to fly kites, and body drag in the lagoon, and then they can be handy to protect against the odd sea urchin that escapes from the nearby farming operation. For the most part though the bottoms are sandy and soft, and no extra booties are required.
Reef / waves
The reef for surfing waves is 1.5 kilometers off-shore with perfect breaks...launch and surf out to the waves with a minimum of three people for safety considerations, or take a downwind surf trip-downwinder with wave master Ruben. When the tide is halfway to full tide it's time to explore the amazing waves who can be very good. Mostly we do downwinders to enjoy the waves the most with strap or strapless wavesboard. The waves on a normal day are around 1-1,5 m upto 3,5 m :)
for detailed wind info check the windguru archieves!