Diving in Tanzania

Diving is one of the most popular activities in Tanzania because of its beautiful underwater world and abundance of marine life. The country offers a number of world-class dive sites, including Zanzibar, Mafia Island and Pemba.

Zanzibar is one of the most famous dive sites in Tanzania and attracts divers from all over the world. The crystal clear waters offer visibility up to 30 meters and are rich in coral reefs and colorful fish. One of the most popular dive sites on Zanzibar is Mnemba Island, a small island known for its impressive coral formations and large numbers of reef sharks, turtles and dolphins. Other popular dive sites on Zanzibar include Kizimkazi, Nungwi and Tumbatu Island.

Mafia Island, located south of Zanzibar, is another popular diving destination in Tanzania. Surrounded by a protected marine reserve, the island offers divers the chance to explore some of the country’s most pristine coral reefs. The reefs around Mafia Island are home to a wide range of marine life, including sharks, rays, turtles, seahorses and numerous species of tropical fish. One of the most spectacular dive sites on Mafia Island is Chole Bay, a shallow, calm bay known for its large numbers of sea turtles. Mafia is best known for the whale sharks that migrate past here annually.

Pemba, located north of Zanzibar, is another diving paradise in Tanzania. The island is surrounded by some of the country’s most pristine coral reefs and offers divers the chance to see some of the largest and most diverse fish populations in the world. The reefs around Pemba are home to a wide range of marine life, including barracuda, tuna and turtles. One of the most popular dive sites on Pemba is Njao Gap, a narrow passage between two coral reefs known for its large numbers of reef sharks and barracudas.

Diving in Tanzania is possible year-round, but the best time to dive is during the dry months of June to October and December to February. The water is calmer then and visibility is generally better. The water temperature is between 25 and 29 degrees Celsius.

Tanzania is a great destination for a diving and safari experience, especially since it has some of the world’s most impressive and pristine wildlife parks and reserves, including the Serengeti. If you want to extend your diving trip with an exciting safari experience in Tanzania, there are several options to choose from.

The Serengeti National Park is probably the most famous destination for a safari in Tanzania. Located in northern Tanzania, the park offers one of the most spectacular wildlife migrations in the world. Every year, thousands of zebras, wildebeest and gazelles migrate through the plains of the Serengeti in search of fresh grasslands and water sources. This is an unforgettable experience to see.

In addition to the migration, you can see plenty of other wildlife during a safari in the Serengeti, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and more. Several types of safaris are available in the Serengeti, including game drives, walking safaris and balloon safaris. A balloon safari is a unique and unforgettable way to explore the Serengeti. On a balloon safari, you’ll soar high above the plains of the Serengeti while enjoying breathtaking views of the landscape and wildlife.

Another interesting safari option in Tanzania is a visit to Ngorongoro Crater. A huge, extinct volcano, Ngorongoro Crater offers one of the most unique safari experiences in the world. The crater is home to thousands of wild animals, including lions, rhinos, hippos and elephants. In addition, the crater offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Feel free to ask us about the possibilities. We work together in Tanzania with a Dutch partner who arranges everything down to the last detail.

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