Zanzibar & LoveScuba DIVE SITES
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Exploring eerie ancient wrecks and braving night dives, to swimming with manatees and making friends with bottlenose dolphins, diving in Zanzibar is wonderfully diverse and utterly unforgettable.
It’s only a 10 minute boat ride from Kizimkazi. The boat anchors near on top of a small wall, at 4-5 meters deep. Swimming over the wall we can already see many corals, small and large with abundant underwater life. We soon reach a slope where we go from 7 meters to the maximum of 15-17 meters. Swimming along the slope we can see beautiful coral gardens, huge blocks of anemone and clownfish. We can also see puffer fish, box fish, emperor fish, nudibranches, surgeon fish, trumpet fish. The current is usually low here, with a visibility of 15-20 meters, suitable for beginners and up.
About 10 minutes from Kizimkazi, this reef is over 100 meter long and there are along it. The walls are covered by colourful corals as well as the bottom 17 meters deep. We can see puffer fish, box fish, emperor fish, nudibranches, surgeon fish, trumpet fish and moray eels, sea horses, scorpion fish, leaf fish and sometimes octopus and bue spotted rays. This site is great for beginner level divers and up. The current is low, 15-20 meters visibility.
20-25 minutes boat ride from Kizimkazi, this site is located on the South-East part of the island. The boat anchors where the ocean is 6-8 meters deep from where we swim down a steep slope with colourful corals, maximum depth 16-25 meters. Beside lots of beautiful tropical fish, here we can also encounter larger fish like barracudas, tuna, reef shark and rays. True to its name, here or along the boat ride, there is a good chance of seeing bottlenose dolphins. The current is low to medium with a visibility of 25-30 meters. Suitable for Beginner-medium level and up.
This underwater reef is a 15 minute boat ride from Kizimkazi. The top of the reef is at 12-15 meters and there is a steep wall which finishes at 35-40 meters. Swimming alongside the colourful wall beside with smaller animals, we can see blue spotted rays, barracudas and sometimes reef sharks. There is a medium current, the water is usually in movement, it is an ideal for drift dives. The visibility is 25-30 meters. Suitable for advanced divers.
With its spectacular underwater mountain landscape and abundant marine life, Leven Bank is regarded as one of the best dives in Zanzibar. Set in the open ocean with drops from 12 to 55 metres and strong currents, it is only for advanced divers.
Along with an amazing array of corals, some of the creatures you will encounter when diving Leven Bank include: whitetip reef sharks, dolphins, rays, rainbow runners, honeycomb moray eels, barracudas, tunas, bluefin trevallies, guitarfish, triggerfish, marbled electric rays, Napoleon wrasse, groupers, and nudibranchs.
Nankivell & Hunga Reef
Set side by side and with maximum depths of 12 and 16 metres, these two dive sites offer an awe-inspiring reef dive for novice divers. Huge bommies adorned with flamboyant coral formations create a magical underwater landscape that perfectly captures the colourful soul of the Indian Ocean.
Some of the marine animals you will encounter while diving these two sites include: reef sharks, dolphins, barracudas, snappers, silver sweetlips, Napoleon wrasse, groupers, parrotfish, surgeonfish, and lobsters.
This pristine underwater reef with its strange columa corals and impressive mountains of kaleidoscope corals, Gorgonian sea fans, and massive barrel sponges, is one of the best dive sites in Zanzibar. Plunging to depths of 30 metres, it is a great site for experienced divers.
The aquatic inhabitants of this dive site include: lobsters, moray eels, barracudas, and bluefin tunas.
Other great dive sites around Unguja Island include: Kendwa Reef, Renco Bommi, Shane’s Reef, Chakatuni, Coral Garden, Mbwangawa, Turtle Gap, Haji, Kichafi, Misoli, and Leon’s Wall.
Some of the best dive sites and wreck dives around Stone Town include: Pange Reef, Nyange Reef, Murago Reef, Pegasus Wreck, Bahari Wreck, Great Northern Wreck, and Bawe Island.
Situated about 4.5 kilometres off the north-eastern coast of Unguja Island, Mnemba Island is a private island surrounded by magnificent coral reefs that are a marine reserve and home to some of the best diving spots in Africa.
Whether you are an experienced scuba diver, just starting out, or more of a snorkel and fins kind of person, Mnemba Island offers incredible underwater opportunities for everyone.
Visibility around Mnemba Island is usually fantastic with an average of 10 to 30 metres.
Arguably one of the most famous dive sites in Zanzibar, Wattabomi is a sensational underwater landscape that slopes gently from 6 to 30 metres. Wattabomi is great for drift and reef dives and ideal for beginners and experienced divers. Enormous coral bommies and plate corals create a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and a playground for fascinating marine creatures.
Some of the residents include: bottlenose dolphins, angelfish, blue-spotted stingrays, black snappers, groupers, red-toothed triggerfish, flounders, octopuses, scorpionfish, stonefish, frogfish, and trevallies.
Dropping from 2 to 30 metres, Kichwani is an almost vertical wall that is a great drift, wall, and reef dive and ideal for newbies, experienced divers, and snorkellers. Drift with the gentle current or plunge into the azure depths in search of curious white tip reef sharks and spectacular Napoleon wrasse.
Other marine creatures that are commonly encountered around Kichwani include: torpedo ray, crocodile fish, moray eel, scorpion fish, leaf fish, clownfish, trumpet fish, frogfish, mackerel, snappers, goatfish, and nudibranchs.
With depths between 14 and 70 metres and strong currents, Big Wall is best suited for experienced divers in search of a spectacular wall or deep dive. A smooth descent along a vertical wall will reveal glorious overhangs and mysterious caves adorned with soft and hard corals and sponges, while the deeper sections may offer encounters with larger pelagic fish.
Some of the marine animals you may encounter include: moray eels, dolphin fish, lobsters, giant green turtles, tunas, rainbow runners, barracudas, Napoleon wrasse, groupers, rays, unicorn fish, batfish, and hammerhead sharks.
Considered one of the most scenic dive sites in the Mnemba Atoll and with a sloping coral wall between 10 to 24 metres, the Aquarium is a superb reef dive for beginners and snorkellers. Hard lettuce corals create a mesmerising backdrop for encounters with remarkable marine creatures.
Some of the inhabitants include: green turtles, goatfish, snappers, bluefin trevallies, butterflyfish, rays, parrotfish, surgeonfish, Moorish idols, wrasses, moray eels, crescent tail big eyes, lionfish, lobsters, silver sweetlips, fusiliers, and bigmouth mackerels.
Other great dive sites around Mnemba Island include: Turtle Reef, Sand Banks, West Banks, Small Wall, Grouper’s Rock, Jack Fish Spot, and West Gardens.
Situated to the west of Unguja Island and surrounded by shallow reefs, Tumbatu Island is a great spot for beginner divers.
Mwana Wa Mwana
A gentle sloping reef from 5 to 12 metres and beautiful coral gardens have helped earn Mwana Wa Mwana a reputation as one of the nicest dive sites in Zanzibar. And many who have explored the turquoise waters surrounding the island have said it has the best variety of corals in the world and have likened it to the reef in “Finding Nemo”.
Marine life includes: blue spotted stingrays, leaf scorpionfish, frogfish, ribbon eels, green turtles, octopuses, moray eels, sweepers, seahorses, cuttlefish, and nudibranchs.
Pemba Island is a remote paradise of sunshine and serenity about 50 kilometres north of Unguja Island. Along with its untouched coral kingdoms and abundant marine life, Pemba Island is also home to ancient ruins and a history alive with hoodoo magic. It is known as the “Green Island” because of its wild greenery.
Pemba Island offers some of the best diving in Zanzibar and the top dive sites in the world.
Visibility around Pemba Island ranges between 30 to 40 metres.
With depths of 40 metres, Manta Point is for experienced divers only. It is a magnificent chain of three seamounts adorned with vibrant coral gardens and blooms of tropical fish. Plunge into its crystal depths between January and March and you may find yourself gliding beside devil rays or watching eagle rays using the pinnacles as a cleaning station.
Other marine life around Manta Point includes: surgeonfish, reef sharks, turtles, jackfish, clownfish, trevallies, titan triggerfish, puffer fish, and lots of sea stars.
Starting at about 3 metres and dropping an astonishing 60 metres into the big blue, Fundu Gap offers excellent diving opportunities for all levels of divers and snorkellers. Fundu Reef is made up of five dive sites (Mandela Wall, Pinnacle, Coral Garden, Crack, and South Wall) that boast incredible coral mounds and caverns.
Some of the inhabitants of Fundu Reef include: eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, barracuda, sweetlips, humphead parrotfish, and kingfish.
Other great dive sites around Pemba Island include: Njao Gap, Swiss Reef, Shimba Hills, Uvinje Gap, Pole Pole Mountain, Scorpions Secret, Emerald Reef, and Lighthouse.
With gentle turquoise depths of 5 metres to deep indigo depths of 40 metres, the dive sites surrounding Misali Island are ideal for beginner and advanced divers. Makarere Reef, Coral Mountain, and Mapinduzi Reef are three of the most popular dive sites surrounding Misali Island.
Over 300 species of coral and marine creatures such as hawksbill turtles, dolphins, barracudas, wahoo, eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, bluefin trevallies, lionfish, humphead parrotfish, and nudibranchs can be found around Misali Island.
Panza “Paraportiani” Wreck
Resting 14 metres below the surface, inside a glorious passage on the southern tip of Pemba Island, is the enchanting Panza “Paraportiani” Wreck which was sunk in 1967. Although it is a fairly shallow dive, strong currents make it more suitable for advanced divers.
Wonderful lighting and interesting tunnels make it an incredibly scenic dive, while residents such as lionfish, trevallies, juvenile Napoleon wrasse, groupers, glassfish, unicorn fish, and crabs offer magical marine encounters.
'Surrounded by extraordinary underwater landscapes alive with strange and wonderful marine creatures, Zanzibar is a dream destination for scuba divers. It is home to the great underwater safari and some of the best dive sites in Africa, and according to many pro divers, the world.
UNGUJA ISLAND (ZANZIBAR)
Unguja Island, which is commonly known as Zanzibar Island, is the largest island in the Zanzibar archipelago. It is home to Stone Town, the heart and soul of Zanzibar, and surrounded by a selection of tiny islands that offer sublime dive sites and marine encounters.
Visibility around Unguja Island is usually between 20 to 60 metres.
'Dive boats in the South East region of Zanzibar access the outside reef sites through gaps in the barrier reef called ‘Mlangoes’ (Swahili for door). The mlango we usually use to get outside the reef is located by the lagoon, about 10 minutes fast boat drive from our dive base. The sites as listed below are located 5-20 minutes from the mlango and are all generally run as drift dives.
Fish life outside the reef includes: napoleon fish, groupers, morays, lobsters and jack fish. Sometimes we also have dolphins, turtles and kingfish and in season we can often observe humpback whales. The currents outside will take us north or south so usually you can enjoy a leisurely dive over the gardens and alongside the walls.
Depth: 12 - 35 metres
Site named after a ship that in the 1930`s lost it’s cargo of cement, here we still find 3 enormous anchors during the dives, one of which is set in front of a small cave in addition to spectacular colors and rich marine life. Either we dive across the garden or alongside the wall, making it suited for all levels of certification.
Sau Inn Garden
Depth: 6 - 20 metres
A stunningly beautiful garden of assorted corals with amazing colors and a plentitude of fish. A great second dive of the day as much of it is conducted at a depth of less than 10 Metres. Keep your eye out for leaf fish and the occasional ribbon eel.
The Big Cave
Depth: 12 - 25 metres
A cave at 25 m where you in addition to the species mentioned previously, are more likely to find large moray, groupers and large lobsters. The site has very beautiful coral with plenty of fish. We drop by the wall that leads us to the cave and finish the dive in a coral garden.
Depth: 10 - 25 metres
The dive starts with a drop onto a bed and follows it’s slope to about 20 m. It is a vast coral garden with mounds and overhangs that shelter a variety of shellfish and some of our more shy reef fish.
Powoni North, Powoni Hill, Powoni South
Depth: 12 - 30 metres
Three divesites within 20 minutes of our base with particular magnificent table corals, normally crowded –among other species – by sweet lips and unicornfish, keep on throwing an eye in the blue for occasional pelagics.
Depth: 15 - 30 metres
This sites characteristic is a gentle slope full of corals with a stunning overhang, among other species a lot of moray eels can be found here.
Giant grouper wall
Depth: 12 - 28 metres
As the name said this is a wall dive, during which we can see a lot of groupers, in particular, potato groupers and with some luck we will spot some pelagic in the blue.
Woo north and south
Depth: 12 - 30 metres
Spectacular soft and hard corals landscape with a lot of microlife, stunning colours . this site is a must for underwater photographers.
This is at the mouth of the mlango (Swahili for door) wonderfull coral and with luck bigger fish (sometimes here we see white and black tip reef sharks)