Scuba Diving Tanzania
Mafia Island, Tanzania: Whale Sharks
What better way to end your safari to Kenya or Tanzania, than fly to a gorgeous remote island called Mafia and snorkel with Whalesharks!
Pole Pole Resort is located on a small beach in the southeast of Mafia Island. The name means slowly, slowly in Swahili which should give you an idea of the pace of life here.
Pole Pole offers superb diving and snorkeling in Chole Bay, where regular dhow trips are included in the price. There’s also a purpose-built massage chalet overlooking the sea as well as delicious food from the Italian owners. With helpful staff and more than a hint of luxury, Pole Pole is one of Mafia's finest lodges
Mafia Island, Tanzania, lies off the mouth of the Rufiji River in Southern Tanzania.
From the period between October and March the chances are extremely high to see whale sharks and the hotel gets in touch early in the morning with local guides that spot them and signal their position. Swimming with whale sharks, the largest fish on the planet, requires no special skills but even looking at these beautiful creatures from the boat is an unforgettable experience.
Pemba Island, Tanzania
Pemba is a wonderful destination in its own right, with numerous smaller islands spread all the way along its coast. With excellent diving and fishing, and less tourism than Zanzibar itself, Pemba lies approximately 80 km northeast of Zanzibar Island - about the same distance of the Tanzanian mainland. Pemba is hilly, fertile and heavily vegetated, and is known for its voodoo and traditional healers.
Fundu Lagoon is a perfect counter piece to the country’s best safari lodges and camps. Set on the west coast of Pemba Island, it occupies a perfectly secluded spot. All rooms overlook the ocean – the whole place is tastefully designed, and the food and service are impeccable.
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Zanzibar's best diving can be enjoyed at the northern tip of the island at Nungwi.
Wall dives, night dives, deep dives, drift dives...
Overwhelming numbers of amazing tropical fish proliferate on the coral gardens that form a lagoon around Ras Nungwi. The majestic whale shark migrates past us twice a year and humpback whales grace us with their presence, sometimes breaching right outside the hotel. Dolphins are permanent residents, playfully accompanying us on boat trips, jumping and diving with their young. Typical dive sites include Kichwani, an incredible wall dive off the Mnemba Atoll with amazing marine life and suitable for all levels of diver, and Leven Banks, a massive reef pinnacle 7 miles.
On the northernmost peninsula of Zanzibar Island, Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel overlooks a sparkling expanse of iridescent Indian Ocean. The lush gardens drop down onto one of the finest and most unspoilt beaches on the island, which in turn is fringed by a wide and thriving coral reef. Infused with the laid-back, exotic yet ultimately natural spirit of Zanzibar, this is the place to relax and enjoy all that this extraordinary part of the world has to offer.
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