Diving in Zanzibar North-east Coast
Duration: Half Day
Located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 20 miles off Tanzania’s East Coast, the exotic island of Zanzibar is blessed with some of the most spectacular coastline in Africa. The unspoilt north coast is particularly breathtaking, boasting palm-fringed white-sand beaches and crystalline turquoise waters that host an incredible variety of marine life and some of the best dive sites in the world. This tour will enable you to experience the natural beauty both above and below the surface of the Indian Ocean as you spend time diving off Zanzibar’s north-east coast.
Zanzibar’s north-east point is abundant in sea life as it lies on the migration route of manta rays, humpback whales and whale sharks. The best sites for snorkelling and diving are located around the paradise Mnemba Atoll, where you will find one of the best diving reefs in Zanzibar. The area is relatively sheltered from the winds and currents, and the crystalline waters offer good visibility (20m on average), which is virtually guaranteed.
A range of exciting dive sites are available around the atoll, varying from sheer drop-offs such as the Big Wall, which is a must for the more experienced diver, to small caves, coral gardens and drift dives along the western edge. Wattabomi Reef is particularly popular, as is Kichwani Reef, where you will see corals growing just metres from the surface. This site is perfect for divers of all levels of experience. For snorkelers and novice divers, the sandy bottomed shallow lagoon on the southern tip is an ideal starting point.
Teeming with colourful marine life, Mnemba Atoll is particularly special because it is a marine conservation area, offering a unique opportunity for both divers and snorkelers to experience the best of Zanzibar’s magical undersea world. The crystal clear warm waters and vibrant reefs host an incredible variety of tropical fish of all shapes and sizes, as well as blue-spotted rays, octopus, eels, green and hawksbill turtles, barracuda and tuna and many more sea creatures.
You will also notice a huge variety of aquatic plants, sponges and living corals such as Honeycomb, Mushroom, Brain, Plate and Staghorn coral, to name just a few. If you are lucky, you may spot the beautifully-patterned striped dolphin in the area, although you are more likely to see bottlenose, spinner and common dolphins here between December and April.
Between August and November, and then again in February, the whale shark migration brings these magnificent creatures close to Zanzibar’s shores. The beauty and diversity of this majestic natural aquarium will take your breath away. Get your camera ready to capture the memories, which will stay with you long after your holiday in Zanzibar ends.
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