About Us: The Zizoo Story

About Us, the Zizoo story

Why are we called Zizoo?

The name, Zizoo, is an adaptation of the nickname of our hero, Jacques-Yves ‘Zizzou’ Cousteau.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a French oceanographer, researcher, conservationist, filmmaker, scientist, and author. He invented the modern documentary film and dedicated his life to researching and exploring the secrets of the ocean. His films are incredible and his passion for the sea was remarkable. This dedication and love for the ocean is what inspired us to call our company Zizoo.


Something else that inspired us to create the name Zizoo is the film The Life Aquatic, one of our favorite sailing movies. The inimitable Bill Murray plays Jacques-Yves Cousteau in Wes Anderson’s 2004 film, which is both a parody and a homage to the life of the French oceanographer. It’s also absolutely hilarious.


Who is behind Zizoo?

Zizoo was founded in 2014 by four mega-passionate founders who love the sea almost as much as Jacques did! Anna Banicevic (CEO), Sinan Masovic (CFO), Ivan Miletic (CTO) and Benito Gonzalez del Valle (CIO) are supported by a team of super motivated young people from 10 different countries, who spend all day working hard to make boat holidays available for everyone.

To meet the entire Zizoo crew, head to our Team page.

Why did we start Zizoo?

Boat holidays are affordable, fun, and an amazing way to spend a vacation. You can visit new islands and beaches every day, anchor in isolated, romantic coves or mega party ports at night, and dine in different towns along the coast. And, best of all, you’ll be envied by all those on shore when you sail into the marina on a gorgeous yacht with the wind in your hair and looking like a celebrity.


Beyonce and Jay-Z opted for an especially affordable boat…


Booking a boat holiday used to be difficult. Our mission is to make this beautiful experience easy to organise and accessible for everyone.

What does Zizoo stand for?

Put simply, Zizoo enables amazing experiences on the sea, for everyone, from everywhere. Captain Zizoo is there to take care of you while you relax, switch off, and enjoy the ride of your life in some of the world’s best holiday destinations. We want to bring this holiday experience that we all love so dearly to the lives of others.

Want to learn more? Head to our home page. Want to join our team? Check out our careers page.