The island of Unguja is commonly referred to as Zanzibar
Island, and in addition to being the largest island in the
Zanzibar Archipelago, it's also known to be the birthplace of
Freddie Mercury. The old capital of Stone Town is a UNESCO World
Heritage Site and offers a window into the island's historic past
as a centre for the spice and slave trades. While there can be the
occasional strong current, the excellent diving around Zanzibar
Island is suitable for both the experienced diver and the beginner.
Diving in Tanzania is
spectacular throughout the year, but the big boys pass through
during the autumn and summer months. September and October see
migrating humpback and sperm whales pass by the northern tip of the
island, while December through to April is the best time for mantas
and whale sharks.
A short way to the north of Zanzibar Island is the island of
which is home to the country's most impressive corals, with more
than 320 species reported from the Pemba Channel. The diving in
Pemba is suitable for all levels, with a few sites being better
suited to the more experienced diver. An average water temperature
of 26 degrees and visibility reaching up to 40 metres ensure Pemba
makes the list of Africa's top dive destinations, and the island's
lush interior and stunning beaches make it a great place to enjoy a
post-dive sundowner on the terrace. With regular sightings of
turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, eagle rays, Napoleon wrasses and
giant frogfish in such idyllic conditions, you can be sure Pemba
will deliver some of the best beginner diving in Tanzania.
The third of the Spice Islands is located south of Zanzibar
Island and Dar Es Salaam. Mafia
Island also offers the chance to enjoy the best of the beginner
diving in Tanzania, with most dive sites being shallower than 30
metres. Between November and April each year, you have a high
chance of seeing passing whale sharks. Mafia Island Marine Park
ensures the health of the local reefs, and the dive sites can be
enjoyed by divers of all levels.
Our team of dive travel specialists love exploring the
underwater world surrounding the Spice Islands and have noted some
excellent hotels to ensure your stay is everything you wished for.
The presence of megafauna on land as well as below the waves makes
Tanzania a naturalist's dream, and an itinerary that combines the
Selous Game Reserve with the best of the beginner diving in
Tanzania will allow you to see some of the world's biggest and most
beautiful creatures in their natural habitats...