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Why Dive Zanzibar?

Here are a few reasons why East Africa is considered such a unique and exciting dive destination.

  • Located a mere 4 hours from Johannesburg, diving in East Africa is a short flight away.
  • Kenya and Tanzania’s 340 miles of coastline is protected by an immense coral barrier reef.
  • Land based diving is offered from Mombasa, Diani and Shimoni and well as Pemba Island and Zanzibar.
  • Pemba channel offers the most exciting diving in the area.
  • Diving Pemba features blue water drop off’s, huge schools of oceanic fish and pelagic, manta’s, clouds of reef fish and numerous large groupers.
  • Water temperature is warm for the most part of the year.
  • Visibility averages 25m and can go up to 40m at certain times of the year.
  • Liveaboard options including the best dive sites in each area.
  • Drift diving can be enjoyed, especially along the walls and drop off’s in the Pemba channel.

Dive Sites:

STONETOWN:

Pange Reef:

Averaging 14m this calm & relatively shallow dive site is suitable for novice divers. Many colourful reef fish inhabit the corals including larger parrotfish, angelfish as well as a variety of butterfly fish. Often used for night dives.

Nyange Reef:

Considered the largest reef on the west coat, it's alive with colourful hard and soft corals as well as a large selection of small and large reef fish.

Murago Reef:

This sloping reef wall goes to a depth of approximately 24m. Advanced divers will enjoy sightings of turtles amongst the many reef fish.

Boribu Reef:

A great dive for advanced divers reaching a maximum depth of 30m. A large variety of hard corals including spectacular gorgonian fans. Larger pelagics such as barracuda and blue fin tuna are often spotted, as well as moray eel and lobster.

Bowe Island:

A shallower reef nearby Stonetown with a maximum depth of 18m. Moray Eels and octopus inhabit the large coral formations, which are surrounded by a large variety of colourful reef fish.

Pegasus Wreck:

The wreck lies at a depth of 40m - 50m, and is only for experienced divers. Lionfish, stingrays and larger pelagics are the highlight of the dive.

Bahari Wreck:

This interesting wreck, which was once, a supply ship lies at a depth of 30 m. Inhabited by Silver Sweetlips, fusiliers and sweepers, large stingrays and scorpion fish are often seen.

Great Northern Wreck:

This is popular wreck dive with excellent visibility and a maximum depth of 16m. It was once a cable layer that sunk in 1900. A spectacular variety of corals and reef fish make this and enjoyable dive.

Unidentified Barge:

A deep dive with a maximum depth of 40m, this is only for experienced divers. Large pelagics include barracuda, tuna and trevally, as well as stingrays and moral eel.

NORTH & WEST COAST:

Hunga Reef:

A novice dive with a maximum depth of 16m. A large variety of both hard and soft coral formation that are densely populated with a multitude of reef fish. Larger pelagics can also be seen on occasion.

Nankerville Reef

A drift dive that suits novice divers as it has a maximum depth of 16m. Swim past large coral formations whilst being surrounded by many colourful reef fish.

Pembe / Sakina Reef

Small densely populated reefs that suite novice divers. Maximum depth of 17m.

Kendwa Reef

A good training dive site for novices with a maximum depth of 12m. Many corals and reef fish.

Chakatuni Reef

Located on the northern tip of the island this site is best dived on the slack tide due to strong currents. Large plate corals can be seen as well as small and large reef fish. Maximum depth of 18m.

Leven Banks

Located in the Pemba channel, this site is only for advanced divers due to strong currents. A sloping bank with dense corals is home to an array of reef fish as well as larger pelagics including Moray Eel, Barracuda, dolphin and shark.

Ametatu Reef

A good beginner's dive site with coral rocks and many reef fish. Maximum depth of 14m.

EAST COAST

Mbawangawa Reef

Located off the North-east coast, this is a great dive site for novices. With a maximum depth of 18m there is a proliferation of corals and reef fish that will also be enjoyed by more advanced divers.

Leon's Wall

A sandy wall surface that lies between 15m and 30m. Large gorgonian fans as well as many other species of hard and soft corals. Larger pelagics abound and shark and dolphin are often sighted.

Misali Reef

With a maximum depth of 20m, this reef is made up of large brain corals as well as beautiful soft corals. Many varieties of small and larger reef fish can be seen here.

MNEMBA

Kitchiwani Reef

A sloping sandy wall dropping down from 20m to 40m, this site has many large formations of different coral species. A great drift dive, from 30m the wall drops off more steeply. Napolean Wrasse, shark, manta rays and dolphin are often sighted.

Wattabomi Reef

Located at a depth of 12 to 25m, this site can be enjoyed by novice and advanced divers as well as snorkellers. Many colourful reef fish as well as moray eels and rays can be seen. Several species of dolphin often frequent the reef.

Aquarium

With a maximum depth of 22, there is often a current which makes for good drift diving. A wide variety of colourful reef fish as well as Green Turtles and White Tip Reef shark are often seen.

Big Wall

This vertical wall drops off between 30 and 50m and is for advanced divers only. An excellent drift dive, with brain corals, fans and other hard coral species. Schools of rainbow runner, blue fin tuna are common sightings, as well as dolphin. Whale sharks are often seen between September and October.

Coral Garden

A colourful reef alive with many species of corals and reef fish. This reef is famous for the large sea fans. Larger pelagics such as barracuda are often seen.