Diving and Activities on Zanzibar
Zanzibar is an exotic Indian Ocean Island off the coast of Tanzania. On Zanzibar island you will step back in time, wander through Zanzibar Stone Town, laze on the beautiful beaches enjoy Zanzibar’s turquoise ocean with snorkelling, diving, deep sea fishing in the waters around the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. The magic of Zanzibar will captivate you and always hold a special place in your heart.
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Zanzibar Island Activities
There are many places and people offering snorkelling trips, dives
and dolphin trips all over the Island, in contrast there is only
a handful of operators running safe, controlled ecologically sound
trips, we encourage all visitors to use officially licensed centres,
this is for your own safety and the future of coral and marine life
around Zanzibar Island.
Click on the map below for more information about activities in each area:
Recommended Zanzibar Island Operators include:
Unexplored diving with beautiful coral reef and abundant fish life is what Zanzibar diving areas are about, diving is a relaxed affair normally from converted dhows or especially designed hard hull boats, divers of all levels will enjoy diving in Zanzibar. Zanzibar Island is also a great place to learn to dive or complete your open water, in addition there are centres offering specialty courses in Photography, National Geographic and more.
There are four main areas to dive around the Island:
East Coast: Zanzibar diving at its best, with very few people diving the whole southern section there are vast areas of beautiful coral, drop offs, coral heads, soft coral and teeming with life.
South West: Like the tourism here very undeveloped with
only a couple of centres diving this area, new reefs are being explored
all the time, lots of reef with abundant fish life
Mnemba Island Atoll: For diving in warm high visibility
water with vast areas of coral, and innumerable quantities of fish
Mnemba Island Atoll is THE place, the large Atoll surrounds the
tiny Island of Mnemba and offers many diving areas all busy with
life. Very popular for snorkel trips from all over Zanzibar Island
it can get quite busy and it is easy to see why, with easy diving
conditions and so much to see from beginning to end, a 50 minute
dive with safety stop at 5 metres over beds of coral teeming with
Stone Town: Not the best diving around the Island but has some wrecks (40metres) and some areas of reef and sand banks worth a dive or two, fishing and boat traffic has reduced both reef and reef life.
Help us preserve Zanzibar's magic
If you are diving or snorkelling, you may be tempted to collect some pretty shells from Zanzibar's many coral reefs. Please do not, as this kills entire reefs, the devastating effects of which can be seen in the well-trodden areas of East African coast. Although there are shell sellers, you are asked not to buy shells from them, as it simply encourages this harmful industry.