Best Dive Sites Of Zanzibar

FUN DIVERS ZANZIBAR

Map and brief description of the best dive sites of Zanzibar Island

Green sea turtle | Best dive sites of Zanzibar
The dive sites around the northern shore of Unguja (Zanzibar Island) are among the most famous around the Zanzibar archipelago.

Departing from our base at Nungwi Beach, divers have a choice of visiting at least 22 of the best spots, including those in the Mnemba Island Marine Conservation Area, around Tumbatu Island, Nungwi Reef and Leven Bank.

Zanzibar dive site map

Top-notch dive site map of Zanzibar with the best scuba diving spots around the northern shore of Unguja (Zanzibar Island), including the famous Mnemba Island Marine Conservation Area (dive sites Kichwani Wall, Wattabomie, Big Wall, Small Wall, Aquarium), Tumbatu Island (dive sites Mwana Wa Mwana, Ras Misikitini, Three Turtles), Nungwi Reef (dive sites Shane´s Reef, Kichafi, Mbwangawa, Hunga Reef, Nankivell Rock, Leven Bank)

We offer daily excursions to the best dive sites of Zanzibar Island, around Mnemba Island Marine Conservation Area (Kichwani, Wattabomie), Tumbatu Island and Nungwi reef.

Our trips start around 8:00 a.m. and return around 1:30 p.m.

We offer night dives at Shane´s reef after sunset.

Dive site Zanzibar North | Top spot Tumbatu Island

Tumbatu Island

The Tumbatu Island marine reserve is home to the most beautiful coral gardens of Zanzibar.

Situated to the northwest of Zanzibar, Tumbatu is well known for sightings of seahorses, turtles and a variety of macro marine life. Most of all, the diversity of healthy soft and hard coral species make the dive sites around Tumbatu Island a truly vibrant experience.

Dive site Zanzibar North | Top spot Mwana Wa Mwana

Frogfish |Dive site Mwana Wa Mwana at Tumbatu Island in Zanzibar

Mwana Wa Mwana

Depth 3 – 12 m, 12 – 18 m
Type Coral garden

Mwana Wa Mwana is a brilliant dive site for snorkelers, beginner and qualified divers, situated to the northwest of Tumbatu Island in Zanzibar.

The reef is a terraced coral garden starting shallow at a depth of 3 meters. It gradually decents to a depth of 12 meters. Followed by a sandy bottom which slopes down to a depth of 18 meters.

Sea creatures you are likely to see at the dive site Mwana Wa Mwana: frogfish, leaf scorpionfish, mantis shripms, nudibranchs, sea turtles, octopuses, cuttlefish, stingrays, seahorses, schools of colorful reef fish and many more.

Dive site Zanzibar North | Top spot Ras Misikitini

Crocodile fish | Dive site Ras Misikitini at Tumbatu Island in Zanzibar

Ras Misikitini

Depth 5 – 12 m, 12 – 20 m
Type Small wall

Ras Misikitini is an impressive dive site for snorkelers, beginner and qualified divers, situated to the northwest of Tumbatu Island in Zanzibar.

The reef is a small coral wall which drops down from 5 to 12 meters. Its bottom holding some coral bommies gently slopes down to a depth of 20 meters.

Sea creatures you are likely to see at the dive site Ras Misikitini: mantis shripms, leaf scorpionfish, nudibranchs, frogfish, sea turtles, stingrays, scorpionfish, spottwing flying gunnards, schools of colorful reef fish and many more.

Dive site Zanzibar North | Top spot Three Turtles

Bluespotted ribbontail ray | Dive site Three Turtles at Tumbatu Island in Zanzibar

Three Turtles

Depth 3 – 16 m
Type Small wall

Three Turtles is a vibrant dive site for snorkelers, beginner and qualified divers, situated to the west of Tumbatu Island in Zanzibar.

The reef is a small coral wall which drops down from 3 to 12 meters, followed by a little slope decending to 16 meters. Most of all the eyecatching colors of the corals at a depth of around 5 meters make a vibrant experience for both the snorkelers and divers.

Sea creatures you are likely to see at the dive site Three Turtles: octopuses, stingrays, sea turtles, scorpionfish, schools of colorful reef fish and many more.

Dive site Zanzibar North | Top spot Shane´s Reef

Weedy scorpionfish | Dive site Shane´s reef at Nungwi reef in Zanzibar

Shane´s Reef

Depth 10 – 20 m
Type Coral reef

Shane´s Reef is a unique dive site for beginner and qualified divers, situated to the northwest of Zanzibar.

The reef is composed of coral and sandy bottom patches. It starts at a depth of 10 meters and gently descends to 14 meters, followed by a gradual slope down to a depth of 20 meters. Shane´s reef is home to a large variety of macro marine life and extraordinary sea creatures.

Sea creatures you are likely to see at the dive site Shane´s Reef: crocodile fish, weedy scorpionfish, frog fish, seahorses, mantis shripms, black-blotched porcupinefish, leaf scorpionfish, spottwing flying gunnards and many more.

Dive site Zanzibar North | Top spot Kichafi

Reef fish | Dive site Kichafi at Nungwi reef in Zanzibar

Kichafi

Depth 10 – 16 m
Type Coral reef

Kichafi is an amazing dive site for both the experienced and inexperienced divers, situated to the northeast of Zanzibar.

The reef consist of hard and soft corals and is fringed by incredible, colorful cabbage or plate coral formations. During early morning or late afternoon dives you may spot the occasional cobias, mackerels or big stingrays.

Sea creatures you are likely to see at the dive site Kichafi: spadefish, parrotfish, groupers, stonefish, napoleon wrasses, schools of colorful reef fish and many more.

Dive site Zanzibar North | Top spot Mbwangawa

Green sea turtle | Dive site Mbwangawa at Nungwi reef in Zanzibar

Mbwangawa

Depth 7 – 18 m
Type Coral reef

Mbwangawa is a relaxing dive site for both the experienced and inexperienced divers, situated to the northeast of Zanzibar.

The extensive reef combines hard and soft corals with two areas of plate coral formation. Starting at a depth of 7 meters, it gently slopes down to 18 meters. Mbwangawa is home to beautiful species of colorful reef fish. With a mild current you can enjoy a drift dive along this spot.

Sea creatures you are likely to see at the dive site Mbwangawa: groupers, stingrays, scorpionfish, guitarfish, stonefish, sea turtles and many more.

Dive site Zanzibar North | Top spot Hunga Reef

Reef fish | Dive site Hunga reef at Nungwi reef in Zanzibar

Hunga Reef

Depth 10 – 17 m
Type Coral bommies

Hunga Reef is a stunning dive site for qualified divers, situated to the northwest of Zanzibar.

The circular reef is located in the open sea at a depth range of 10 to 17 meters. Special about Hunga are its great visibility and huge bommies covered with a variety of vibrant corals. Overhead many species of shoaling reef fish make a colorful mid-water experience.

Sea creatures you are likely to see at the dive site Hunga Reef: groupers, napoleon wrasses, snappers, crocodile fish, tuna, batfish, unicornfish, redtooth triggerfish, nudibranchs and many more. On rare occasion you may spot eagle rays.

Dive site Zanzibar North | Top spot Nankivell Rock

Titan triggerfish | Dive site Nankivell Rock at Nungwi reef in Zanzibar

Nankivell Rock

Depth 10 – 15 m
Type Coral bommies

Nankivell Rock is a sparkling dive site for qualified divers, situated to the northwest of Zanzibar.

The reef is located in the open sea at a depth range of 10 to 15 meters. It consists of a huge bommie surrounded by small ones, all covered with a variety of beautiful corals. Nankivell Rock is well known for its great visibility and many species of colorful reef fish shoaling. On occasion you may spot a huge grouper.

Sea creatures you are likely to see at the dive site Nankivell Rock: groupers, napoleon wrasses, snappers, crocodile fish, tuna, batfish, unicornfish, redtooth triggerfish, nudibranchs and many more.

Dive site Zanzibar North | Top spot Leven Bank

Leven Bank

Depth 14 – 30+ m
Type Undersea mountain

Leven Bank is an exhilarating dive site for experienced advanced divers, situated to the north of Zanzibar.

The extensive reef is an undersea mountain located in the open sea and one of Zanzibar´s best spots for a deep dive. Starting at a depth of 14 meters it gently slopes down to 30+ meters. Due to the current and depth this dive site is suitable for very skilled divers only. There is a variety of brightly glowing hard and soft corals on the reef. Overhead many species of shoaling tropical reef fish attract predators. Most of all the striking colors of both the corals and the reef fish together create a vibrant mid-water experience. This particular effect is enhanced by a great visibility.

Sea creatures you are likely to see at the dive site Leven Bank: nudibranchs, octopuses, honeycomb moray eels, rainbow runners, barracudas, trevallys, tuna, kingfish and many more.