Diving in Tanzania

The area surrounding the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia offer divers of all levels some of the best dives in the Indian Ocean.

The water is clear for much of the year. There is a wide variety of coral reefs and fish.
There are established and professional PADI and SSI dive clubs for the true adventurers.
Besides, the waters around the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia offer new experiences to the most experienced divers.

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Diving possibilities

In Tanzania, there are multiple sites for you to make wonderful dives that are easily accessible from your property.


Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar offers many beautiful diving locations of all levels.

There are a number of famous locations such as Mnemba Atoll. This is also called the tropical fish capital of East Africa. Mnemba Atoll has a constant visibility of about 30 meters and you often see dolphins here.

At the northernmost tip of Zanzibar are also many diving locations, generally for the more experienced divers. You dive on the open sea and there is more current here. Here live the big sport fish, tuna, barracuda and a variety of moray eels.

The less well-known south of Zanzibar are also beautiful diving locations; easy to reach from e.g. Fumba Beach Lodge.

Mafia Island

Mafia island is a real dream location for divers. One that should be on your bucket list!

Here you will find the richest coral reefs that you may ever see, with a wide variety of coral and diversity of tropical fish.
There are reefs from 6 to 28 meters deep, with bommies, walls, caves and gorges. There is a wide variety of hard and soft corals and an enormous diversity of tropical fish, such as rays, sharks and large fish that you can see up close.

From many accommodations it is possible to organize diving. Kinasi Lodge has a good diving organization on site.

Pemba Island

The area around Pemba Island is one of the best diving locations in the world. Diving around Pemba Island is diverse and very special: clear water, deep abysses, remote locations with little diving and many pristine reefs. Beautiful locations include Emerald Wall and Panza Wreck. And from Fundu Lagoon you can go to the remote Misoli. There is a wide variety of coral reefs and fish.

There are established and highly professional PADI diving organizations on Pemba Island, such as those at Fundu Lagoon and The Manta Resort. It is therefore possible to follow a PADI diving course.

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