Diving Overview for Tanzania & Zanzibar
Tanzania has a huge amount to offer both under water and above - visitors can climb Africa's highest mountain Mt. Kilimanjaro, look out for Africa's Big-5 on a land safari and explore the wonders of the Indian Ocean.
There are many dive sites on the mainline coast of Tanzania offering beautiful turquoise waters, colourful reefs and tropical fish. Just off the coast is Zanzibar, the 'spice island' which hosts some fabulous corals and wall diving, beautiful marine life and seasonally humpback wales and whale sharks. To the south you will find Mafia Island which has protected marine park status to preserve the corals and over 400 species of fish that live there.
Pemba's secluded location has kept it unspoilt from mass tourism. There is a small reef to the south where you can see giant barracuda, groups of hammerhead sharks, unicorn fish and turtles to name but a few are common in these waters. There are several manta cleaning stations around Pemba although these are becoming more rare however the best time to see manta rays is between December and February. There is some amazing drift diving to east of the island however be aware that currents in this area can be very strong and fast.
Diving can be done year-round, but visibility is limited during rainy seasons so the best times to visit Tanzania are July through October and December through March.
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