Zanzibar Diving Holidays: An Overview

Zanzibar lies some 50 miles off the Tanzanian coast, six degrees south of the equator in the Indian Ocean and some 35 miles south of its sister island Pemba (where there is some world-class diving).

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The whitest of white sand beaches with the bluest of blue seas.
  • Mnemba Island is home to one of the best African beach lodges.
  • Spend some time exploring the culture and history of Stone Town.

Our Guide to Diving in Zanzibar

Here you can enjoy miles of unspoilt white sand beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean from a handful of idyllic beach retreats. Zanzibar is the largest and one of the better known islands of the group known as the Spice Islands. It has endless miles of white sand beaches, and despite the fact that more hotels have started popping up over the last few years; it for the most part remains unspoilt. Its added attraction is of course Stone Town, with its old world charm still very much in tact - spend the day getting lost in the windy cobbled streets, enjoying the street markets and mixing with the locals.

Scuba diving in Zanzibar

There are dive sites dotted all around the island but the very best diving opportunities lie off the northern most tip of Zanzibar. Serious enthusiasts may like to note that during the months of September/October Nungwi is visited by migrating humpback and sperm whales which can exceed 14 metres in length - an encounter with one of these giants is pretty special. December to April is manta ray & whale shark season.

Mnemba diving

Geographically, Nungwi is the perfect spot to visit Mnemba Atoll (an unforgettable one hour sail away), Leven Bank (seven miles off shore) which rises 200 meters from the sea bed to a mere seven metres from the surface and Pemba.

With water temperatures ranging from 25 and 29 degrees, and visibility between 12 and 40 metres the Zanzibar archipelago is the perfect 'all year round diving destination.


Original Highlight

A sunset cruise on a traditional wooden dhow boat is the ideal way to spend an evening.

Eleanor, Original Diver

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

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