Tanzania’s waters are breathtaking, no matter which way you slice it. The startlingly blue waters off the coast of Pemba are so vibrant that it seems almost impossible, but indeed, it is truly that spectacular.One of the most popular sites on the island is the Swiss Reef, named for the incredible underwater mountain range that graces the region. Drift diving here is sublime, but is recommended for more experienced divers.Newer divers will enjoy the Shimba Hills and House Reef, where oodles of creatures can be discovered, hanging around the impressive, healthy coral heads.There are several dive shops on the island, a couple of which are tied in with an island resort. Be sure to check around for the best deals.
Pemba Island Sea Life
Bright, colorful fish like triggerfish, lionfish, and fusiliers are common sights on a reef dives. Turtles are also common, resting and feeding in the shallow waters. Look closely, you can often find spectacularly colored nudibranchs slithering along the coral.During a wall or drift dive you may encounter a rays and even larger pelagics like dolphins or whales.
How To Get There
Fly to the island or take a ferry. It is highly recommended to avoid the night ferries for safety reasons. Once on the island take the “dala dalas” or minibuses, to get from place to place.
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