Best Dive Sites In Zanzibar

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Top 22 best sites for scuba diving in Zanzibar (Unguja Island) · Dive sites map of Zanzibar North

Unguja Island

Dive site Unguja in Zanzibar Archipelago

The dive sites around the northern shore of Zanzibar (Unguja Island) are among the most famous in the Zanzibar Archipelago.

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

Top 22 best dive sites in Zanzibar (Unguja Island)

Best dive sites in Zanzibar – Top-notch dive site map with 22 of the best spots for scuba diving in Zanzibar North, including the famous spots in Mnemba (Kichwani, Wattabomie, Big Wall, Small Wall, Aquarium), Tumbatu (Mwana Wa Mwana, Ras Misikitini, Three Turtles), Nungwi (Shane´s Reef, Kichafi, Mbwangawa, Hunga Reef, Nankivell Rock) and Leven Bank

Mnemba · Kichwani · Wattabomie

Tumbatu

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 Mwana Wa Mwana in Zanzibar

Mwana Wa Mwana

Level

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

Depth

3 – 12 m, 12 – 18 m

Type

Coral garden

Reef

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 Life

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 Ras Misikitini in Zanzibar

Ras Misikitini

Level

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

Depth

5 – 12 m, 12 – 20 m

Type

Small wall

Reef

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 Life

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 Three Turtles in Zanzibar

Three Turtles

Level

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

Depth

3 – 16 m

Type

Small wall

Reef

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 Life

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 Shane’s Reef in Zanzibar

Shane´s Reef

Level

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

Depth

10 – 20 m

Type

Coral reef

Reef

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 Life

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.

Kichafi

Level

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

Depth

10 – 16 m

Type

Coral reef

Reef

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 Life

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.

Mbwangawa

Level

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

Depth

7 – 18 m

Type

Coral reef

Reef

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 Life

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

Hunga Reef

Level

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

Depth

10 – 17 m

Type

Coral bommies

Reef

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 Life

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.

Nankivell Rock

Level

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

Depth

10 – 15 m

Type

Coral bommies

Reef

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 Life

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.

Leven Bank

Level

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

Depth

14 – 30+ m

Type

Undersea mountain

Reef

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 Life

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.

Mnemba Island

Mnemba Island

Introducing you to the famous diving of Mnemba Island