Tanzania Diving Holidays: An Overview

For the ultimate safari and diving holiday, look no further than Tanzania. To land, there is a remarkable concentration of safari game in areas like the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, while the Spice Islands and coast provide some wonderful diving.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The ultimate destination for a safari and diving combo.
  • Virtually guaranteed whale sharks in season in the little-known Mafia Island.
  • Rustic luxury lodges at their best in Zanzibar and Pemba.

Our Guide to Tanzania Diving Holidays

Tanzania has miles of pristine Indian Ocean coastline and idyllic islands such as those of the Zanzibar archipelago, home to ancient Islamic ruins and white sandy beaches. The romantic Spice Islands offer superb diving and world-class deep sea fishing.

There are three main areas off the Tanzanian coast: Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia - all islands and all home to stunning diving. What makes this part of the world so special is the coral, which is both pristine and extremely varied. Reputed to be the best diving in East Africa (Mozambique might have something to say about that!), 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.

Did you know

  • Due to Tanzania's proximity to the equator, the water temperature remains at a fairly consistent 27 degrees centigrade
  • Tanzania is home to Africa's highest and lowest point - Mount Kilimanjaro and Lake Tnaganyika respectively

The Africa team at our parent company, Original Travel, are experts in all things Tanzania, whether that's knowing the best time to go to make the most of the Great Wildebeest migration or how to get more off the beaten track and go on safari without the crowds. A case in point is the tropical lowlands of the Selous - it may be Africa's largest game reserve but it's also one of its best kept secrets.

For a safari experience of an altogether different nature, head to the Mahale mountains, where travellers can hike to see chimpanzees in the wild - one to add to the bucket list if you haven't already.

If you're thinking about combining Tanzania's safari plains with some time relaxing on the beach and diving off the coast, get in touch to start planning your perfect Tanzania holiday.

Top picks for Tanzania

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Mafia Island


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

Where to go

Picture of Boat in the sea Pemba Island

Pemba Island


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

Where to go

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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

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

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

Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island Lodge


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

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