Insider Tip: Ultimate Time for Scuba Diving in Zanzibar North
March. April. May. The best diving season around Zanzibar Island’s north coast starts in March. It is the rainy season and lasts until the end of May. The visibility is great at this time and you will see more and bigger fish on most dives than the rest of the year. Fun Divers Zanzibar will show you peak diving conditions and the best sites to explore.
Best Diving Season in Zanzibar | Local Weather
During the best diving season in Zanzibar spectacular cloud formations and sunsets are common. You can watch the natural splendour and sunsets from Nungwi Beach.
Rain And Sun
While the daytime temperatures drop to a comfortable level, the weather can be unpredictable. You may experience frequent changes from short heavy showers, sunny spells and tropical rainfalls lasting 1 or 2 hours, to whole rainy and beautiful sunny days.
Although international weather reports indicate the occurence of rain all day long from March to May, this does not correspond to the actual weather on the ground in Zanzibar North.
Best Diving Season in Zanzibar | Diving Conditions
Zanzibar North is known for great underwater visibility between 20 to 60 metres. Why does this peak in particular in the rainy season? From March to May the strong winds subside and the Indian Ocean around Zanzibar Island’s north coast becomes very calm. The calmer seas make excellent visibility for divers.
The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are also pleasant from March to May. With average water temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius, Zanzibar is a great diving destination throughout the year.
There is a wide range of hard and soft corals and more than 500 marine species. It is usual to encounter pods of dolphins, sea turtles, tropical reef fish, a large variety of macro marine life, extraordinary sea creatures and, on occasion, white tip reef sharks.
March to May, as it rains often, the water temperatures in the sea slightly decrease and you can see more fish on the reefs.
With the cooler water temperatures, small fish species such as sardines and pilchards appear at our dive sites. These attract the larger predators such as the barracudas, groupers, kingfish and cobias. March to May is the season in Zanzibar when you can encounter bigger fish on almost every dive.
This is the time of year that you could have the boat all to yourself. Enjoy the reef with your personal dive guide and very few other divers to spoil the view.
Best Diving Season in Zanzibar | Sites to Explore
Best Dive Sites
Mnemba, Tumbatu, Nungwi, Leven Bank. The marine reserves of Zanzibar Island offer a huge choice of sites to explore and the best dive sites can be reached in 5 to 45 minutes from Fun Divers Zanzibar.
Variety of Dives
Whether you prefer colourful coral walls, sloping reefs, plate corals, bommies or terraced coral gardens, the variety of wall and reef dives suit every level of diver qualification.
Take a look at our diving map and be inspired by our presentation of the most popular reefs (level, depth, type, reef, sea life) at www.fundiverszanzibar.com/zanzibar-dive-sites
Best Diving Season in Zanzibar | Scuba Deals
Local PADI Dive Resort Fun Divers Zanzibar is offering divers a choice of scuba deals during the best diving season in Zanzibar.
Fun Divers Zanzibar is the only locally owned dive operation in Zanzibar. Our team of friendly Zanzibaris grew up in the fishing village of Nungwi and experienced the reefs around northern Zanzibar as local fishermen for many years before.
Diving is offered only in small groups to allow an exclusive and personalised underwater experience.
Learn more about the local PADI Dive Resort Fun Divers Zanzibar at www.fundiverszanzibar.com