The reefs near Stone Town
You do not have to go far to find beautiful dive sites. Just off the coast of Stone Town, the lively historical heart of Zanzibar Town, are several magnificent locations. The reefs of the islands of Murogo, Pange and Nyange are as packed as the city streets. The labyrinthine coral formations are home to large schools of colourful creatures, including stingrays, moray eels and pufferfish. The dive spots near Murogo are simply called Aquarium 1 and Aquarium 2, which says it all.
Turtles and a beautiful wreck
Bawe Island also boasts a beautiful reef. Its shallow location with a maximum depth of 18 metres makes it suitable for both advanced and novice divers. The wall of coral on the north side is a favourite hiding place for octopuses and with a little luck you may even encounter some sea turtles. Those who wish to make deeper dives can visit The Royal Navy Lighter, an imposing shipwreck inhabited by large groupers and moray eels.
An encounter with a whale shark
Caves and giants in Mnemba
Near Mnemba Island, off Zanzibar’s rougher east coast, lies the so-called 'big wall'. This popular dive site for advanced divers towers 60 metres above the ocean floor and has a number of caves that are great to explore. From October to December a large population of whale sharks can be found in the waters around the island. An excellent opportunity for a close encounter with these huge fish that can grow up to 12 metres in length. Fortunately they are harmless.