Dreaming about a Zanzibar diving holiday? This African island destination lies off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. Home to some of the most breathtaking dive spots in the world, which are teeming with corals, colourful fish and many fascinating wonders, Zanzibar also offers beautiful beaches, excellent snorkelling and a diverse range of beach resorts.
Top Reasons to Plan a Zanzibar Diving Holiday
Whether you are planning a honeymoon, getaway or family trip, here’s what you can expect from a Zanzibar diving holiday.
Some of the top reasons to consider a Zanzibar diving holiday include the following:
Incredible marine life
A staggering diversity of marine life can be seen on any given dive. Just a few of the things you may see include angelfish, butterfly fish, moorish idols, lionfish, surgeon fish, trigger fish, clown fish, damsel fish, cuttle fish, crayfish, puffer fish, box fish, parrot fish, nudibranches, shrimps, crabs, wrasses, snappers, eels, sting rays, dolphins, barracudas, frogfish, ghost pipefish, seahorses, sweet lips, groupers, turtles, octopus, humpback whales, whale sharks, hard and soft corals, and, if you are very lucky, giant manta rays.
Excellent dive sites
Some of the island’s top dive sites include Hunga Reef, Nankivell Reef, Shamzi Reef, Tumbatu Island, Three Turtles, Ras Mskitini, Mwana wa Mwana, Pengeleni Reef, The Big Wall, Leven Bank, Kendwa Reef and Gardens, Renco Bomi, Kichafi and Haji Reefs, Mbwangawa, Coral Gardens, Chakatuni Reef, Pemba Island, Emerald Wall, Panza Wreck, Misoli Island, Fundu Gap, Tumbatu West and Mussa’s Reef.
Beaches & snorkelling sites
You do not need to gear up in scuba gear to enjoy the beauty of Zanzibar. Those wanting to explore the shallow waters can try snorkelling sites such as Kendwa Reef and Kendwa Gardens, as well as Tumbatu Island and Mnemba Island. If you’re in the mood to relax on the beach after exploring the underwater wonders below the waves, try Nungwi, Kendwa, Matemwe, Kiwengwa, Pongwe, Kizimkazi, Bwejuu and Dongwe.
Wondering where to stay during your underwater adventures? Some of the best resorts and hotels on the island include the incredible 5-star Dream Of Zanzibar in Kiwengwa, 4-star Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa in Pingwe, 5-star Sea Cliff Resort & Spa in Mangapwani, 4-star DoubleTree By Hilton Resort Zanzibar in Nungwi and 5-star Gold Zanzibar Beach House And Spa in Kendwa.
All in all, if you’re looking for a slice of heaven just a few hours from South Africa, a Zanzibar scuba holiday is sure to tick all of your boxes.