Diving and Snorkelling

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The Indian Ocean, off Africa’s east coast, offers wonderful diving and snorkelling due to it’s rich and diverse marine life. Divers and snokellers have the opportunity to see whales sharks, manta rays, turtles and hundreds of different species of fish amongst the finest hard and soft coral reefs.

Safari and Beach has a team of keen divers who have visited the different regions and can help you to choose between the different locations, lodges and dive operators.

Diving in Zanzibar

The beautiful island of Zanzibar is surrounded by incredible fringing reefs, walls and coral gardens. The most popular area of the island to dive is the north east of the island in the Mnemba Atol which offers diving conditions to suit all levels of divers with shallow easy diving inside the reef and more advanced wall dives available on the outer wall.

S&B preferred lodges for this area of Zanzibar are:

  • Mnemba Island – private island right on the reef
  • Matemwe Bungalows – small, luxury beach lodge
  • Matemwe Beach – stylish guesthouse

Other areas of the island that guarantee uncrowded diving and incredible marine life with big walls and beautiful coral gardens are based in the south. We would recommend staying at:

  • Unguja Lodge – small quiet luxury hideaway with excellent dive operation
  • Fumba Beach – great diving in the Menai Bay Conservation Area

Diving in Pemba Island

The rarely dived waters around Pemba island are some of the richest and most exciting within the Indian Ocean. Walls of pristine coral stretching for mile upon mile are home to a vast range of marine life with some of the most exhilirating drift diving in East Africa. Whilst the area is better suited to experienced divers there are areas of calm water which are perfect for beginners.

S&B preferred lodge for diving in Pemba:

  • Fundu Lagoon – relaxed “bare foot luxury” and superb diving

Diving in Mafia island

Mafia Island and its surrounding bays offers some incredible dive locations. The area around Chole Bay is superb and because most of the dive sites are inside the protected area the visibility and marine life is outstanding with a mix of visiting pelagic fish, manta rays and turtles. This is also the place to visit if you want to dive and see whale sharks.

Chole Mjini – unique and magical lodge. managers are excellent divers with fantastic knowledge of the marine life

Diving in Mozambique

Mozambique is the perfect destination for divers who want to encounter big pelagics such as Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Turtles, Sharks and Dolphins as well as over 1000 different species of tropical fish. Humpback whales can be seen and heard in the mating season, June till September.

Both Bazaruto and Quirimba Archipelago have wonderful beach lodges that offer diving and snorkelling on the many pristine reefs:

Vamizi Island – the most stunning island with amazing diving and snorkeling close to shore

Benguerra Lodge – lovely atmosphere and style. stunning beach

Diving in Seychelles

Seychelles does offer some excellent diving amongst its alluring tropical islands although much of the coral has sadly been bleached. Almost all of the hotels and resorts offer diving and snorkelling.
North Island – ultimate all-inclusive luxury island

Diving in Malawi

For something completely different the freshwater at Lake Malawi can offer a range of diving and snorkeling as good as any freshwater option in the world. We really enjoyed the chance to snorkel on the lake during a recent visit to Cape Maclear.

Pumulani Lodge – stylish and beautiful location overlooking Lake Malawi

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Diving and Snorkelling

Zuri Zanzibar

Zuri is a welcome new style of property in Zanzibar. For those looking for the ultimate stylish, hip and cool beach break – Zuri is ...

S&B Rating:
$165 Per person, per night  
Zuri Zanzibar

Zuri Zanzibar


favourite Diving and Snorkelling places to stay

Chole Mjini Lodge

A truly unique and extraordinary island lodge, Chole Mjini can be found on the small and commerically untouched Chole Island which lies...

S&B Rating:
$150 Per person, per night  
Chole Mjini Lodge

Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island lies off the coast of northern Mozambique in the Quirimbas Archipelago. It is currently closed....

S&B Rating:
$450 Per person, per night  
Vamizi Island

Fundu Lagoon

Fundu Lagoon is a beautifully remote luxury lodge on the wonderful island of Pemba. It's a truly amazing place....

S&B Rating:
$350 Per person, per night  
Fundu Lagoon


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