Diving on Zanzibar is one of the island’s greatest attractions. The Zanzibar archipelago hosts some of the worlds most diverse and finest coral reefs that sustain an abundance of thriving fish life, creating a fascinating underwater experience of untouched reefs surrounded by baracudas, marlin, turtles, countless tropical fish, and sometimes even a reef shark or pod of inquisitive dolphins.
Diving on Zanzibar
is a diver’s paradise with an average water temperature of 27°C and, at times, a visibility of up to 30 meters, which makes Zanzibar one of the best dive destinations in the world with an abundance of hard and soft coral, a variety of nudibranchs, scorpion fish, lion fish, star fish, and seahorses to mention only a fraction of the life to be seen by diving on Zanzibar. Aside from exploring the colours of life, the channels between Zanzibar and the mainland also contain aa number of shipwrecks that can be explored by certain operators.
Some of the best diving on Zanizbar is to be found in conservation and Marine Protected Areas such as Chumbe Island and Mnembe atoll where the conservation efforts ensure a wide diversity and presence of life. Don’t despair though, if you are not a qualified diver, snorkeling can also be arranged for these areas or you can learn the basics of diving through the many dive operators who also offer training.
There are a number of dive operators in Zanzibar that cater for all ranges of experience. Buccaneer Diving operate from Paje, which is just South of Pongwe Beach. One Ocean operate from Matemwe village which is closer by, just North of Pongwe Beach. One Ocean is the first PADI 5 star dive centre in Zanzibar and the biggest dive operator in East Africa. They offer a wide range of diving experiences including training for beginners and kids, and they also have offices in Stone Town and elsewhere on the island. Other operators include East Africa Diving, Scuba-Do Zanzibar, and Diving Zanzibar, who all offer a wide range of diving depending on your own experience and even language.
But rest assured, whomever and wherever you choose, diving on Zanzibar will be an unforgettable experience. While Tanzania is famous for safaris on the Serengeti grasslands, diving on Zanzibar is where you will find the best safaris under perfect tropical waters. See one of the dive schools we work with