Snorkel and Scuba Dive Reef Sites Tour
Zanzibar is one of those magical destinations that perfectly combines equal doses of exhilarating sea adventures with peaceful, feet-up relaxation. If you’re in the mood to get more than your feet wet, you can dive down to encounter the diverse, colorful marine life that glides over the coral reefs they call home.
Zanzibar pretty much has all the great diving and snorkeling spots so if your dream holiday includes ocean exploration and adventure then lets start planning right away.
Zanzibar is, quite simply, a diver’s paradise. With an average water temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and visibility between 20 and 60 meters, it is a great diving destination throughout the year.
Leven Bank is only for advanced divers as drops can descend as deep as 55 meters and strong currents call for serious endurance. Once you reach the underwater landscape of rocky, coral-laden outcrops that teem with a variety of fish species, you’ll realize the hard work was completely worth it. Possible sightings at Leven Bank include whitetip reef sharks, dolphins, rays, honeycomb moray eels, barracudas, tunas, bluefin trevallies, guitarfish, triggerfish, and groupers.
Nankivell and Hunga Reef are both great for beginner divers as their deepest drops range between 12 and 16 meters. Although not very deep, these dive sites still make for spectacular visits into the world of interesting coral formations that are the playgrounds of diverse marine life. There are opportunities to see reef sharks, dolphins, barracudas, snappers, silver sweetlips, Napoleon wrasse, groupers, parrotfish, surgeonfish, and lobsters.
Also check out: Boribu Reef, Kendwa Reef, Renco Bommi, Shane’s Reef, Chakatuni, Coral Garden, Mbwangawa, Turtle Gap, Haji, Kichafi, Misoli, and Leon’s Wall.
As with diving, Zanzibar and its surroundings have an impressive list of snorkeling spots. Conditions and visibility in these areas are top-notch almost year-round, making Zanzibar a haven for snorkelers.
Mnemba Atoll is a well-known conservation area in Zanzibar and at the top of most people’s ‘must snorkel list. Average visibility is good year-round and ranges between 10 and 30 meters. Snorkeling along the coast of Mnemba Island will get you up close to beautiful coral reefs, assorted fish species, and other marine life like dolphins, green turtles, and sea stars.