Our diving base on Nungwi beach is the starting point for your excursion to the best dive sites in Zanzibar. The beautiful coral gardens of Tumbatu Island, the unique marine life of Nungwi’s reefs and the stunning colorful wall dives of Mnemba Island.
On most days, we offer two different boat trips:
- Daily tour to the famous Mnemba Atoll marine park. We visit two dive sites, usually Small Wall, Wattabomi or Aquarium. The trip most days departs at 08:30, returning around 14:30.
- Daily tour to North Zanzibar’s best dive sites. Each day we visit two different dive spots. The locations and times are decided 1-2 day earlier. Our most visited sites are: Hunga, Magic Reef, Tumbatu Island, Leven Bank, and Mbwangawa
- As well, we offer night dives off the beach on our home reef on most nights.
Undoubtedly, Tumbatu Island offers the nicest coral gardens in North Zanzibar. All three dive sites, Shetani, Popobawa & Mwana have spectacular, flourishing corals reefs, with a large variety of both soft and hard corals.
Shetani & Popobawa
Allow yourself to descend on top of a marvelous reef, that starts at 3 meters deep and vertically drops to 12. Currents here are rare, so you can take your time to explore every cave and crevice, looking for moray eels and octopuses...[Read More]
As you continue the dive, look carefully on the sandy area where you can find nudibranchs and cuttlefish. Surrounded by snappers and batfish, some bommies are home to colorful leaf fish. Disguised scorpionfish are around, so make sure not to touch anything!
At the end of the dive, enjoy a long safety stop along the colorful coral gardens.
Mwana wa Mwana
Do you think you have seen big seahorses before?
Wait until you see the ones that live close to this stunning reef! After sloping gently from 4 to 10 meters, you will follow our eagle-eyed guides to a deeper sandy area, where these gentle animals live. Look here also for flying gurnards and cuttlefish.
Then, going back to the reef, you can enjoy finding very cool nudibranchs, ribbon eels and the elusive mantis shrimp.
Magic Reef is a heaven for photographers. A diver cannot swim for more than a few meters on this reef, without stopping to have a closer look at some unique creature.
Are you wondering why is it called Magic Reef?
Let us give you a hint. Imagine a place where you can find all the masters of camouflage on a single dive...[Read More]
Divided in three small reefs, from 10 to 16m, it is full of surprises! Swim very slowly with the current, looking into every hole to find octopuses, and mantis shrimps. Even if they look like a coral, leaf fish and scorpion fish are very common here.
For the adventurous divers, a sandy slope reaching 22 meters is waiting for you. Look carefully at the sponges to find our favorite, the frogfish! You might also find spiny seahorses here, or even a turtle having a quick nap next to a barrel sponge.
Back at the reef, cuttlefish, crocodile fish, as well as the odd weedy scorpionfish, are all waiting to be found.
Hunga / Nankiville
Two of the best dives in Nungwi, usually having great visibility. Both dive sites lie in the middle of the ocean. They consist of big coral bommies, scattered into a flat sandy bottom, covered in great, colorful variety of corals.
Jump from the boat in Hunga reef and be ready for a quick descend to 15 meters.
At the bottom, enjoy the scenery of a huge mix of hard and soft coral, surrounded by thousands of tropical fish. Schooling snappers and dusky sweepers are awaiting you at the North tip...[Read More]
While cruising the reef, do not forget to look carefully into the sand for colorful nudibranchs and crocodile fish. Also, keep an eye for marbled groupers and lobsters, as they like to hide into crevices.
Reaching the South tip, you will find a crack with a leaf fish hiding amongst a cloud of glass fish.
Spectacular! One of Zanzibar’s best dives. Leven Bank is a sea mountain in open ocean which slops from 12 to 55 meters. Due to often strong currents, we recommend this site to experienced divers only.
As currents here can be strong, be ready to descend quickly into the infinite blue, reaching the reef at 30 meters...[Read More]
Down in the deep, you will find a beautiful slope with millions of fish. Schooling unicorn fish, snappers and banner fish will welcome you to a fantastic scenery. Look out for big Honeycomb moray eels, lobsters, or marbled rays, but do not forget to keep an eye into the blue, as pelagic fish like barracuda, wahoo, tuna, and rainbow runners might be passing by. If you are lucky, you may spot some of the “big guys” of the reef, including napoleon wrasse and groupers.
Ascending from the deep, you will drift slowly into the shallow area of the slope, surrounded by a highway of fusiliers and pretty corals. Look out here for big and unique nudibranchs! Are you ready for the “Fishtival”?
In August-September, humpback Whales can be spotted off the boat quite frequently.
Unfortunately, there are only several days a month when sea conditions and tides fit well for diving in Leven Bank.
Kichafi, Mbwangawa, Turtle House
As part of Zanzibar’s barrier reef, these easy dive sites will give you the opportunity to see some of its most unique hard coral formation.
Follow the gentle 8-to-20-meter slope and enjoy the large plate coral areas. Look for moray eels and scorpion fish in the reef or check the sand bottom for blue spotted stingrays, garden eels, and the odd guitar fish. Cross all the anemones with fierce clownfish protecting them and watch for the beautiful egg cowrie...[Read More]
At the end of the reef, we will take you to a special place, called “Turtle House”. You will be entertained by friendly puffer fishes on the way to a sandy area with barrel sponges. Here, if lucky, you will find turtles hanging out (we once counted 12 of them in one dive!). If not, that means that they are not home, so look carefully on the reef!
on Nungwi Reef
Night dives on Nungwi Reef are a great adventure. In fact, many of our guests say that night dive was their best dive experience in Zanzibar.
Our dive center offer night dives on most nights. There is a minimum of two people for booking the dive. We do not take more than 4 people in a group for the night dive.
The dive take place in Nungwi Reef, right off the beach in front of our dive center. Meeting at 18:15 for a briefing and beginning the dive at dusk.
There is a large variety of nocturnal creatures right on our home reef. Swimming spanish dancers, hunting cuttlefish, curious octopus, lurking guitar rays, feeding frogfish and Squids are all common to see. There is something here for everyone to enjoy.
Night dives are limited for advanced divers and students on their advanced open water course.