True dive enthusiasts are geography experts at heart. That’s because the world’s best scuba diving locations sometimes read like a who’s who of exotic global locations. Tanzania is one of those places; the imagination takes over when destinations like Zanzibar and Dar-es-Salaam are mentioned. As one of the longest continually inhabited places on Earth, Tanzania is a land of extremes, from the Serengeti to the sea. It boasts the highest (Mt. Kilimanjaro) and lowest (Lake Tanganyika) points on the African continent, but, more importantly for scuba divers, it’s bounded on all sides by water: the Indian Ocean to the east, and the great rift valley lakes of Africa– Lakes Victoria, Tanganyika and Malawi – to the northwest, west and southwest. With shore diving, boat diving, liveaboard opportunities and lake diving, there’s a great deal here to keep adventurous divers happy. Note: visitors are advised to consult their doctor regarding anti-malarial drugs and other recommended vaccinations.
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Tanzania Sea Life
Myriad Indian Ocean reef fish, ribbon eels, fire dartfish, chevron barracuda, yellow fin tuna and giant groupers off Pemba Island. Cichlids thrive in Lake Tanganyika.
Around Mafia, you can expect to see whale sharks from November to January. The docile dugong (manatee or sea cow) is thought to find refuge cruising the seagrass between Mafia and the Rufiji River Delta. The small islands around the archipelago remain a popular breeding ground for leatherback and green turtles.
How to Get There
Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) is in Dar-es-Salaam. There are also Kilimanjaro International Airport and Zanzibar International Airport.
Best Scuba Diving in Tanzania