Diving In Tanzania And The Zanzibar Archipelago
he warm clear waters along Mafia island, which is south of
the Tanzanian coast offer Zanzibar, offers excellent
superb and varied diving; locations for diving, holidays.
with, some of the most The main island of Mafia has a
spectacular sites in the gulf hotel that offers diving trips
between Zanzibar and Pemba. Here within the marine park. Not many
the rough waters and strong divers visit these sites yet,
currents are home to manta rays, even though they are sheltered,
white sharks, hammerheads and an relatively shallow and teaming
abundance of pelagic life. with life. You can also dive in
the unsheltered Indian Ocean side
The best diving on Zanzibar of Mafia which promises classic
Island is at Mnemba Atoll. The reef formation, walls, pinnacles,
reef around this tiny East Africa an abundance of tiger sharks and
Island offers a range of good coral gardens, However, diving
inner and outer wall dives, as here is more difficult due to the
well as some beautiful coral swells, even when the waters are
gardens. Being located on the calm.
deepwater side of Zanzibar, this
site is also a good place to The warm Indian Ocean waters
catch sight of both whale-sharks surrounding Pemba Island are home
and humpbacks during the to thousands of species of
migration. If you are going to tropical fish and exotic marine
restrict diving to Zanzibar life. The shallows around the
Island only, then the most part numerous islands of Pemba offer
of your trip should be centered stunning, snorkeling in
around Matemwe and Mnemba Island. aquamarine waters, lush coral
gardens which stretch far ahead
and then suddenly plunge into the
The cluster of islands around dark blue depths of Pemba's
incredible drop offs.
Pemba also has a stunning wreck
The small villages in this out of dive in the South of Pemba Island
the way Island of Pemba have had at Panza populated by large
little impact on the surrounding groupers and Napoleon wrasse.
reefs; Pemba is relatively
unknown and tourism is limited. Mesali Island is famous as
These factors have helped to Pemba's only marine sanctuary. A
preserve the reefs and they visit to this beautiful reef is a
remain in pristine condition. must for all - beach lovers,
These exciting reefs stretch out snorkellers and divers alike. A
as far as the eye can see. Large perfect spot for a picnic and
pelagic fish swim and hunt with delightful walks through the
amongst the thousands of small, interior bush, you can spend the
brightly colored reef fish that day relaxing on the white beach
play around the plunging or snorkeling and diving on the
drop-offs and in the turquoise numerous reefs around the island.
waters of the shallows - an The Mesali beaches are especially
underwater naturalist's dream. important as sea turtle nesting
Pemba is renowned for its beaches.
pristine and un-spoilt coral
reefs but also for its vertical Diving in Tanzania and in the
coral cliffs which plummet to islands off the coast offers some
depths of more than eight hundred of the best diving the world has
meters. Underwater visibility to offer. A driving vacation
often reaches forty meters or after a safari makes for a
more. Looking over the precipice holiday of a life time. When you
of some of the outer walls can be book please try to ensure you use
a mind blowing experience! Watch operators, lodges that pay fair
out for the Vertigo! wages and help the communities on
which they rely.
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