Diving from Stone Town
Duration: Half Day
Located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 20 miles off Tanzania’s East Coast, the beautiful Zanzibar archipelago is endowed with some of the best and most varied dive sites in the world. Steep wall dives, drift dives, shallow lagoons and spectacular coral reef formations make this area a prime location for both experienced deep-water divers and novices looking for underwater adventure. This tour will enable you to discover the abundant marine life and corals at Pange Reef, just one of the popular dive sites around Stone Town, Zanzibar’s capital.
Diving off Stone Town is ideal for novice divers and those taking Open Water Diver Courses because the clear shallow waters are calm and the currents are weak. Experienced divers can also use one of the easier reefs to refresh their skills before tackling a wreck or wall dive. Pange Reef is the first sand bank west of Zanzibar Town, and has a maximum depth of 14 meters. This site is particularly popular with new divers who can experience the beauty of the Indian Ocean’s seascapes and marine life in safety. Teeming with tropical fish and other exciting sea creatures, the colours and diversity of Zanzibar’s marine life is incredible.
Watch Moorish Idol, clown fish, parrot fish, butterfly fish, angel fish, pipe fish, crocodile fish, groupers and hundreds of other fish species swimming in and out of the coral reefs. You are also likely to see moray eels, sea cucumbers, green and hawksbill turtles, sea horses, barracuda, manta rays and even the occasional reef shark. The beautiful coral gardens will take your breath away with their vibrant colours and spectacular formations. Purple gorgonian, red coral, finger coral, brain coral and honeycomb coral are just some the species you will find here.
Pang Reef is also a great place for night diving, when you will get the chance to view the ocean from a different perspective. The clear waters may not offer such good visibility as the sun goes down, and you won’t be able to see the vivid colours of the reefs and marine life in quite the same way, but a night dive offers a magic and beauty all of its own. The ocean is transformed, creating an exciting new underwater experience that is even more memorable when the moon shines brightly.
Many nocturnal creatures that hide in the daytime come out of their crevices at night to explore the reefs and hunt for prey such as small molluscs and other tiny marine organisms. These creatures have different behavioural patterns to those seen during the day. Look out for octopus, lobsters, crabs, squid, cuttlefish and many other night dwellers on your trip. An alluring, mysterious and slightly eerie night dive tour is perfect for the adventurous, but diving at any time of the day is highly recommended during your holiday in Zanzibar.
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