The coral reefs of Zanzibar are some of the most abundant in the world with over 500 species of marine species. Zanzibar is a dive location where there is something for everyone: snorkelers, the macro lovers and the deep divers.
With over 30 dive sites that include, reef, wall and wreck diving, Zanzibar is more than just a beach island to relax. The strong currents of Levan Bank are a haven for big game fish such as kingfish, trevally and tuna.
Don’t forget the Zanzibar is also one of the world’s premier locations for sighting the ocean's biggest fish, the whale shark. Mnemba Atoll is a 7km reef that is a conservation success story, where turtles, dolphins and the whale sharks can be seen in the months from September to December.
You can dive in Zanzibar all year. The warm Indian Ocean water creates water temperatures consistently around 80°F (27°C) and visibility that often exceeds 30m). Turtles, dolphins and the whale sharks can be seen in the months from September to December.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Certain airlines (Ethiopian, Kenya, Oman and Qatar airlines) fly direct to Zanzibar, however most large international airlines fly to Dar es Salaam, which is only a short ferry trip away from the islands.
Once on the islands it is easy to find transport, with the cheapest options being the dala-dala (mini-bus taxi share) to get from Stone City to the north, east and south coasts. If you prefer more freedom, rent a car. Taxis and transfers are also widely available.