Have you ever dived with giant turtles? Nungwi beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania is a breading ground for turtles. Marine turtles occur in tropical and sub-tropical seas throughout the world. 7 species exist on earth, and 5 of them can be found in the Western Indian Ocean. The five species that occur in Zanzibar’s waters are the Green Turtle, Olive Ridley and Loggerhead, all of which are endangered species, and Hawksbill and Leatherback, which are both critically endangered from extinction.
Imagine diving in crystal clear waters drifting by some beautiful reefs and then a variety of giant turtles swim past you. It truly is incredible and you can experience this in Zanzibar. Zanzibar has something for everyone including a turbulent and fascinating history, exotic spices, stunning beaches, unique wildlife, turquoise waters and spectacular coral reefs. In the words of David Livingstone (1866), “This is the finest place I have known in all of Africa… an illusive place where nothing is as it seems. I am mesmerized.”
Scuba diving around the Zanzibar Archipelago caters to divers of all experience levels, from shallow coral gardens, to deep walls and even a couple wrecks for the advanced divers. Most of the diving is from boats, and with up to 5m of tidal water movement, a majority of the diving is drift diving. Some dive sites are susceptible to strong currents.
The Indian Ocean surrounding Zanzibar is just that – truly mesmerizing! Fringing coral reefs and several patch reefs provide a rich habitat for an amazing diversity of marine life. Divers are enchanted with more than 450 species of fish and other marine life including brightly coloured reef fish, octopus, stingrays, mantis shrimps, moray eels, ribbon eels and many, many more!
Whatever your budget and required comforts – Zanzibar is an idyllic diving destination. For more information Click here.