Africa Diving Holidays: An Overview

The variety of destinations for exploration is astounding. From amazing West African music festivals to watching lion on the endless plains of the Serengeti; the boundless expanse of the Kalahari Desert and the luxury of our opulent African private houses, not to mention the world-class diving, there truly is something for everyone.

Neill, Louisa, Alex and Charlie are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • The ultimate bush and beach destination. Safari and diving...what could be better?
  • Remote and undiscovered dive sites in Mozambique. Oh, and whale sharks and mantas and...
  • The Spice Islands of Tanzania offer some stunning diving, particularly Pemba and Mafia.

Our Guide to Africa Diving Holidays

We do not pretend to know every country in sub-Saharan Africa from tip to toe but we spend huge amounts of time revisiting, researching and continually assessing the places we do know and finding the best guides and new locations. We travel throughout the continent - inland to the great wildlife areas, along the coast, reviewing different regions, habitats, concentration of animals, and variety of birds and of course the quality of the marine life. We assess safari lodges and camps as well as coastal lodges, their strengths, their drawbacks. Through our parent company, Original Travel, we can arrange your entire African adventure, diving and otherwise.

We know the best guides and the greatest adventures, and we are in close contact with the characters and tribal people of Africa. Wherever possible we use small, often exclusive owner-run hotels, lodges and camps and work with expert guides so that you will see the most interesting aspects of each country both above and below the waves.


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Top picks for Africa

Mozambique

Mozambique

Africa

Untouched beauty along with some of our favourite dive sites. What's not to like about Mozambique?

Where to go

Mozambique
Tanzania

Tanzania

Africa

Combine great safari experiences with some of the best diving in East Africa.

Where to go

Tanzania
Picture of Baixo do Pinda Mozambique

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Mozambique

The remote Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the last untouched wilderness areas on Africa’s Indian Ocean coast. And home to our favourite dive in the world, Neptune's Arm.

Where to go

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago
Picture of boat on the beach Bazaruto Archipelago

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Mozambique

The most striking feature of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Southern Mozambique is its remote untouched beauty.

Where to go

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago
Picture of Boats in the sea Mafia Island

Mafia Island

Tanzania

Little known Mafia is one of the only places you are virtually guaranteed whale sharks at the right time of year.

Where to go

Mafia Island
Picture of Boat in the sea Pemba Island

Pemba Island

Tanzania

Stay at an eco-lodge and enjoy some of East Africa's best diving in the Pemba Channel.

Where to go

Pemba Island
Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Vamizi Island is an eight-mile long finger of jungle covered island, fringed by idyllic sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. It also happens to be about the most idyllic barefoot luxury destination on the planet.

Where to stay

Vamizi Island
Azura at Quilálea

Azura at Quilálea

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Azura at Quilálea is an idyllic Mozambique island resort situated in a forgotten corner of Mozambique's Quirimbas Archipelago.

Where to stay

Azura at Quilálea
Azura Benguerra

Azura Benguerra

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Azura is a boutique beach lodge located on Benguerra Island, part of the Bazaruto Archipelago that lies just off the coast of southern Mozambique. Claiming to be the country’s first eco lodge, the resort was built entirely by hand by the local community and so you are assured of that ‘locale’ feel.

Where to stay

Azura Benguerra
The exterior at Pole Pole, luxury hotel in Africa

Pole Pole

Spice Islands & the Tanzanian Coast

Pole Pole means ‘slowly, slowly’ in Swahili, and this laidback bolthole on Mafia Island is set in a shady, breezy spot facing the sea and overlooking the islands of Chole, Juani and Jibondo.

Where to stay

Pole Pole
Lodge overlooking the ocean at Chole Mijini, luxury hotel in Africa

Chole Mjini

Spice Islands & the Tanzanian Coast

Chole Mjini is a unique island lodge whose seven tree house chalets offer a lofty luxury adventure.

Where to stay

Chole Mjini
Fundu Lagoon

Fundu Lagoon

Spice Islands & the Tanzanian Coast

Located on Pemba Island, just to the north of Zanzibar, Fundu Lagoon is the essence of ‘barefoot luxury’ and a secluded and peaceful retreat with over two miles of private beach and stunning ocean views.

Where to stay

Fundu Lagoon
Boat on the ocean at Mnemba Island Lodge, luxury hotel in Africa

Mnemba Island Lodge

Zanzibar

Mnemba Island Lodge is an idyllic, award-wining jewel sitting in this untouched tropical atoll, a beachcomber’s ultimate paradise, located just off the north-east coast of Zanzibar.

Where to stay

Mnemba Island Lodge

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