Pemba Island Diving Holidays: An Overview

The diving around Pemba Island is undoubtedly some of the best to be found anywhere in East Africa.

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

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Fundu Lagoon is the epitome of a rustic African beach lodge.
  • Explore the wonders of the Spice Island with its fascinating history. And spices.
  • Some of the reefs off Pemba are in excellent health, particularly around Mesali Island.

Our Guide to Pemba Island Diving Holidays

What makes the diving here so special is the coral, which is both pristine and extremely varied. Reputed to be the best diving in East Africa, the Pemba Channel, and specifically the area around Mesali, has over 320 coral species - more than twice the number of anywhere else in the region. An added plus is that you will find no one else for miles; exploring these virgin reefs in near-solitude adds a wonderful dimension to the experience.

Pemba Island is still relatively uncharted territory, but it has plenty to offer: marine life of all sizes, acres of coral, an untouched environment, and some brilliantly organized diving. Now is the time to come.

To the south there are excellent dive sites but also the incredibly picturesque Emerald Lagoon, more often than not dotted with photogenic dhows. The best dive of all, and particularly on an incoming tide, is Mapanduzi where you can drift along a wall and see schools of hammerheads or barracuda coming in on the strong currents.

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 27°C / 80°F
  • Rainfall — 6cm / 2.7 inches
  • Water Temp. — 29°C / 84°F
Flight from London

9:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +3 hrs

Top picks for Pemba Island

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

We had a lovely trip. I can't say enough about Mahmood and the Tehrani driver…if we manage Shiraz next year Mahmood is a must.


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