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Meet Zanzibar Fun Divers, Teenagers Behind Sports Tourism in Forodhani

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Written by See Africa Today

Pristine beaches, an ambience to envy and world-class hotels describe Zanzibar but this is not all. A group of young brilliant minds, the Zanzibar fun divers crown it all.

The young guys are a testimony that a Zanzibar Got Talent edition is due. They are a sports tourism force in Makachu at the heart of Forodhani in Zanzibar .

They are quickly transforming Zanzibar as a skill and amusement centre. The bliss of their diving prowess and innovative ways to keep guests entertained is worth a million words.

These bubbly and brilliant minds are the foundation of the extraordinary Makachu sport and tourism. They have earned the moniker of the flying heroes.

Data by Statista indicates that Zanzibar hosted 394,185 guests in 2021, from 260,244 in 2020. Just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Zanzibar hosted 538,264 guests in 2019.

With things slowly going back to normal, expect fun time in Zanzibar with – especially with the sports part at Makachu in Forodhani.

Nevertheless, what’s all about the Zanzibar Fun Divers?

Who Are Zanzibar Fun Divers?

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Zanzibar fun divers at Forodhani Makachu. Photo/YouTube

Zanzibar Fund Divers are a group of skilled teenagers who are out to promote sports tourism in Zanzibar.

They are based at Forodhani Beach popularly known as Makachu. Here, your imagination is inferior as these teens perform professional diving stunts.

They are source of inspiration and legends per excellence. With them, you are at a great place where you can sharpen your beach fun diving and jumping skills.

Overtime, they have become a sensation online and are enjoying a massive following online. For instance, they have close to 30,000 followers one Instagram.

Here, they post raw videos of their stunts and their audience is growing by the day.

Why Did Zanzibar Fun Divers Choose Forodhani?

Forodhani is the eye candy of Stone Town long regarded as the Zanzibar’s headquarters.  But the exciting Forodhani – among the most visited open spaces in Zanzibar – has a long history.

According to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the rehabilitation of Forodhani Park was strategic.  It was among several projects outlined in Zanzibar’s 1994 “Conservation Plan” to safeguard, upgrade, and rehabilitate the island’s open areas.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) concentrated its efforts on three specific locations: Kelele Square, Forodhani Park, and the Mizingani Seafront.

A portion of Kelele Square was defined by the Zanzibar Serena Inn, which converted the former Telecom Building. The most prominent part of Zanzibar’s coastline, Forodhani Park, underwent a massive reconstruction in 2008–09.

What’s special about Forodhani Park Seafront is its historic relevance. From the southern end of the seashore to the port, Forodhani Park and the Mizingani Seafront comprise a continuous public open area that runs along the Indian Ocean.

The Stone Town’s most noteworthy historic buildings and monuments sit here. Due to the long sea front, more visitors frequent the place.

Coupled with a perfect diving platform, the group makes every minute of your stay in Zanzibar worthwhile.

What’s Special About Forodhani?

Stopping by this beachfront public place is a great opportunity to get a feel for Zanzibar life. Tourists and locals alike flock to the area, which has a huge restaurant jutting out into the sea, two smaller cafes with outdoor seating, benches under shady trees, a children’s play park, and food sellers in the evening.

Adding the Zanzibar Fun Divers to the setting makes it very special. The sights of teens sprinting, hoping onto a concrete raise and spiraling in the air before landing in the Ocean is a perfect thrill.

Besides, the people are friendly and the food is deeply delicious! Don’t even mention the breeze from the seaside.

Forodhani has a special place in the Stone Town. It traces its inception to early 1900s to mark the Silver Jubilee of Sultan Khalifa (r. 1911–60).

The gardens were first set out in 1936; you can still see the domed platform where a brass band would play. It is historical in that the band was marooned with a ceremonial arch at the water’s edge.

This one was built to welcome Britain’s Princess Margaret on a state visit in 1956.

With sports tourism courtesy of the fun divers club, the number of tourists in Stone Town is set to increase.

Data by Statista indicates that Zanzibar hosted 394,185 guests in 2021, from 260,244 in 2020. Just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Zanzibar hosted 538,264 guests in 2019.

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See Africa Today

Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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