Zanzibar-East, Tanzania

Located to the south of the island, it offers beautiful dives starting from about one meter deep before a gradual descent to about 20m. First you will meet corals from the family favidae of the typical brain shape, corals to nest dápe, branched belonging to the family acropora cervicornis. Proceeding along the descent we meet a colorful tropical fish, cardinals hunting, but also frog fish, leaf fish, scorpion fish, puffer fish, lobsters, mantis shrimp, moray eels, octopuses, torpedoes, nudibranchs and occasionally also dolphins passing near the surface. Under 15 meters, if lucky, you may encounter napoleon fish, rays and reef sharks. Suitable for both beginners and experienced divers.

Located to the south of the island, it is characterized by a striking wall that descends vertically up to 45m. In the initial shallow part you can see Napoleon fish, hunting cardinals, triggerfish, blue spotted ray, large groupers of various species and occasionally reef sharks. The highest part of the wall is rich in tropical fish of all species, large shoals of squid-fish, riflemen, mullet, butterflyfish and sergeant majors. Frequent encounters with leaf fish, nudibranchs, lobsters, octopuses, mantis shrimps and porcelain crabs in carpet anemones.

Located southwest of the island, the site is characterized by a sandy bottom and a large variety of corals. Normally there are scorpion fish, stone fish, angelfish, surgeon fish, crossbow, leaf fish, moray eels, groupers and fusillades, but also turtles. Excellent site for the variety of micro sized life like nudibranchs, platelminti, and porcelain crabs. Occasionally there are guitar, crocodile and blue spotted ray salts.

Located southwest of the island. the site is characterized by a sandy bottom from which emerge several rocky outcrops around which is concentrated a large variety of marine life. Often surrounded by glassfish, under these outcrops you can see nudibranchs, platelminti, shrimp, catfish, lion fish octopus, whip corals, goby dresses and anemone carpet that hosted porcelana crabs and peridmenes Longicarpus. Possible to spot blue spotted ray, crocodile fish, titan triggerfish.

These sites cover the initial and central part of the coral garden that ends with Sandbank. This long and wide reef and an unbroken expanse of hard and soft corals, perfect for beginners who can enjoy the many reef fish, but also suitable for divers and experts and photographers view incredible amount of microlife. Exploring in a zigzag what is called the mnemba Versailles will keep you enchanted by the biodiversity that characterizes this area.

Dive site located north of the island, on the west part of the reef, and unique for its particular structure. On the sandy bottom stand large and isolated pinnacles of rock some of which are entirely covered with hard coral, around which  all the marine life is focused. Each single pinacle must be explored carefully to discover lobsters, stingrays, lionfish, moray eels, groupers, carpet anemones full of clown fish and porcelain crabs, but a careful eye should be dedicated to the micro life present: nudibranchs and juvaniles of each species, Periclimenes Longicarpus in the anemones, gobies on the whip corals, shrimp dancers and cleaner shrimps in the autochthonous ‘Stenopus Zanzibaricus’ species. Some of these pinnacle are entirely surrounded by numerous glass fish, creating a unique effect and occasionally enticing groups of hunting jackfish.

Located on the east side of the island is a plateau full of hard coral beautiful vertical wall that goes down to 55 meters. It is the perfect dive for those who love the great passage: during a breathtaking blue descent, they meet shoals of big carangidae, dorados, tuna, barracuda, palegics and occasionally reef sharks. The wall is fcovered with whirlpool corals, while on the plateaus there are huge barrel sponge, stingrays, lionfish, moray eels and large Napoleon fish. The currents make the waters of this area very clear, but they are generally very strong. It is an unforgettable dive, but carried out only on request and reserved for expert divers (minimum Deep Diver certification) and strictly linked to sea conditions.

located to the south, it is the final part of a long coral reef that extends uninterrupted by Coral Garden (we will start east of the reef) and that is divided into 4 different dive points. It is a large garden of hard corals that slopes slightly from 5-7 meters down to a maximum depth of 15-18 meters. It is a dive suitable for everyone during which you can let yourself be carried away by the gentle current, you can freely explore this very rich reef. Peering into every single hole formed by the coral you can discover crocodile fish, octopus, lobster, nudibranch and platelminti, stone fish and small groupers. Looking up there are numerous shoals of bate fish, reef fish, sweetlips, titan and redtooth triggerfish, jackfish and kingfish hunting. The final bank of Sandbank gradually turns into an increasingly vertical slope that joins with Small Wall. Precisely in this area are frequent meetings with sea turtles and with schools of palata, rabbitfish and squid.

Located to the west of the reef, at a fair distance from the barrier, drift along a sandy slope with the light current that pushes north. Like West Garden, also Banki Reef re-presents incredibly rich in microbial: nudibranchs, flatworms, gobies, Periclimenes, Longicarpus and porcelain shrimp in carpet anemones, boxer shrimp, even beautiful specimens of Mandarin and occasional seahorses wait to be discovered around the small rock pinnacles and the tufts of black corals that meet on the sandy bottom. There is no shortage of many breeds hovering outside their burrow, moray eels, lionfish, glass fish shoals. In this area there are many recorded passages of eagle rays in the blue of the channel that separates Mnemna from Zanzibar.

This site is located just north of Big Wall and has very similar characteristics, although the plateau in this area goes up to the depth of 10-12m, allowing to prolong the dive along the reef. During the descent into the blue and exploring the great vertical wall, you will be met by pelagic fish, including Jackfish, tuna, Napoleon fish, barracuda, palata and occasional reef sharks. Rising along the plateau there are frequent encounters with stingrays, lionfish and berrei sponge giants that offer shelter to a variety of marine life including large pufferfish and porcupine fish. During the summer season this area is populated by numerous large turtles. Dive reserved for divers experienced divers given the strong current.