Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Tanzania

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Tanzania

Scuba diving information in Tanzania

The diving in Tanzania is generally fairly easy, except for Pemba Island, and accessible to all levels. Here you will find marine diversity, with healthy reefs, good visibility, and many exciting dive sites. If you want good diving without the crowds then try southern Tanzania. The reefs are healthy and genuinely little-dived. Large pelagic fish, turtles and giant groupers are common, with more than 400 fish species and 250 types of coral. The best diving in Tanzania is, however, from the offshore islands, rather than any mainland locations. The exotic islands of Mafia, Pemba and Zanzibar offer contrasting dive sites. Zanzibar's fringing coral atolls ensure an abundance of marine life and further out in the channel there are several deeper and more challenging dives, with particularly good options around Mnemba atoll. Its east coast offers the chance of encounters with big pelagic species, especially whales. The best time to visit Zanzibar is from July to March. Pemba Island offers an incredible mix of thrilling drift dives, deep water drop offs, dramatic marine walls and deep adventures in the Pemba Channel which is frequented by large pelagics like barracudas, sharks, dolphins and turtles, making it one of East Africa's premier diving locations. The shallower waters of the inshore dive sites are home to smaller tropical fish. Manta rays and whale sharks are more likely to be encountered from October to April, when they come into the channel to feed. The currents are severe in some places. Liveaboards are a must for serious divers although day diving is an option. The best diving is from October to March. Mafia Island was declared a marine park in the 90s, so the island’s reefs are intact and deadly lionfish abound. The Park has some memorable drift dives. The prime time to visit Mafia Island is during the Whale Shark migration, from November to January. World class diving and snorkeling is possible about the islands of Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba, as well as various locations off the coast of Tanzania itself, such as Oyster Bay and Kunduchi. Try to avoid the coastal region during the long rains of March to April, when a number of lodges close. The average visibility is 10 to 30 meters, majorly depending on the place and weather conditions.

Geography and climate

The United Republic of Tanzania is a country in East Africa bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. The country's eastern borders lie on the Indian Ocean. It is home to many species of wild animals, planes, volcanoes and mountains, of which the highest is the great Kilimanjaro Mountain. The climate is tropical and coastal areas are hot and humid. The hottest period extends between November and February, from 25 to 31 °C, while the coldest period occurs between May and August, from 15 to 20 °C. Tanzania has an intense rainy season from March to May. Tanzania can be visited year-round, although the best time for travelling is outside of the rainy season. Beach-side locations like Zanzibar can be fine to visit during the hotter months of December and January.

Entry requirements

To enter Tanzania, a passport valid for at least six months and a visa are required by all nationals. For more informations, please consult your travel agent or Tanzania's Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Health and safety

Vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis A, malaria, tetanus, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, hepatitis B and meningococcal meningitis before traveling to Tanzania. Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes and is endemic to Tanzania. Always sleep under a treated net; wear trousers and closed footwear, and use an effective repellent. Always consult your doctor before traveling abroad.

Time zone

UTC +3


There are many public phones in post offices and main towns. Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is limited to main urban areas. E-mail can be accessed in Internet cafes in main urban areas.

Power and Electricity

230V/50Hz (UK plug)

Other Informations

Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is increasing in Tanzania, including on Zanzibar and the Pemba Islands. Since May of 2009 there is extreme risk to your security in the border regions with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda due to armed banditry and we advise against all travel to these areas.

Scuba Diving locations in Tanzania

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Tanzania? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Tanzania, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.


Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Tanzania

Which locations in Tanzania have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Tanzania and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Tanzania

Which marine species can I observe in Tanzania? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Tanzania

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Tanzania? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Tanzania.

Scuba Diving centers in Tanzania

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Tanzania? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Tanzania. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

Liveaboards in Tanzania

Which liveaboard can I dive with in Tanzania? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Tanzania. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in Tanzania

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Tanzania? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Tanzania. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

There are no accommodation available