Pemba island is a little more untouched by tourism than its sister island Zanzibar. The roads are terrible; ox-carts are still widely used; clove plantations are spread out over the island; and the diving is spectacular. While Pemba diving has something to offer every level diver, most dive sites are wall and drift dives, and require some experience or advanced certification.
Mafia Island is part of a group of islands that make up the Mafia Archipelago. The waters surrounding these islands have been protected for over 15 years, as Tanzania’s first marine park, and it shows. With over 400 species of fish and 48 types of coral, Mafia Island diving is some of the best Tanzania has to offer in terms of marine biodiversity.
For experienced divers only, the thrilling dive site Leven Bank, situated in the Pemba channel, often has strong currents. Large pelagic species can be seen there, including Tuna, Barracuda, Trevally and Kingfish.
奔巴岛潜水提供激动人心的潜水地点之一1zplaythe healthiest coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. Visibility is amazing here, ranging between 20 and 40 meters. The west side of the island has more protected dive sites, whereas the east side of Pemba is deeper and subject to strong currents. The Njao islands, west of Pemba, offer vibrant marine life and incredible coral walls. The east and south side Pemba dives are for experienced divers only. Sites like Mtangani are often visited by pelagic fish and large marine life like hammerhead sharks, but are deep and can have ripping currents.
Mafia Island, Tanzania’s longest history of marine protection and dive sites teems with marine life. Most of the dive sites are situated in Chole Bay, like Kinasi Wall, and Milimani Reef. Outside of the bay, Jina Pass and Dindini Wall are great dives. Mafia island dive sites are full of marine life, including grouper, snappers, Southern stingrays, green turtles, tuna and more.
Getting to Zanzibar is easy by plane from Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi or Mombasa. Boats run frequently from Dar Es Salaam, and travelers can choose a regular boat or fast catamaran. With locations in Stone Town and several resorts around the island, One Ocean is a highly regarded dive center for all Zanzibar diving needs, and one of the few dive centers that offers dives around Stone Town. Zanzibar Dive Adventures, as part of Zanzibar water sports, is a 5 star PADI instructor development dive resort. They have centers in three hotels in the north of Zanzibar and offer excellent dive courses as well as fun dives at the best of Zanzibar dive sites.
It’s easy to get to Mafia Island by air from Dar Es Salaam of Zanzibar with Precision Air, Zanair, Coastal Aviation or Tropical Air. Again, there are boat options, but they are not recommended. Mafia island has more or less three options for stay: Kinasi, Mafia Island Lodge or Pole Pole. All are located at Chole Bay and within close reach of dive shops. Sea Point and Big Blu are two well-established dive centers that cater to all Mafia Island diving needs.
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