10 Best Diving Spots In Tanzania You Must Explore

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A trip to Tanzania can be life changing and unforgettable, as tourists can embark on various adventures, and experience many exciting activities. Known for its safari parks and game drives, the country has a rich history and culture and is a perfect vacation spot. Tourists can visit the pristine beaches and lakes and engage in enjoyable water sports and activities, such as diving. Here are the 10 best spots in Tanzania where visitors can enjoy diving! 

1. Pemba Island

The pristine Pemba island is a perfect diving spot. The heavenly beach is untouched and remote, and tourists can enjoy the sweet smelling air, and scenic views. Guests can spot nesting turtles on the beach, or dive among the coral reefs. Divers can see whale sharks, seahorses, and fish such as anemone and sea goldie.

Pemba Island

Pemba Island Beach, Image Source: parusciom from Pixabay

2. Mafia Island

Mafia island is an unspoiled, remote island 120 km south of Zanzibar, a mere 35 minute flight from Dar es Salaam. Also called Chole Shamba it is the only marine park within Tanzania.  The island is home to diverse flora and fauna as visitors can spot over 460 species of fish, and 5 species of turtles! One can spot whale sharks, humpback whales, marine turtles, and fish such as snapper, marlin, barracuda, kingfish, cod, and tuna!

3. Mnemba Atoll

Mnemba Atoll is a spectacular drift diving spot as it offers a visibility of 10 to 30m, and allows tourists to enjoy the magical view of the stunning coral reef. There is a high likelihood of encountering dolphins, so tourists can swim with the gorgeous creatures and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Dolphins Underwater

Dolphins Underwater, Image Source: Free-Photos from Pixabay

4. Tanga

In Tanga, tourists can relax and unwind at pristine beaches away from the crowds. They can enjoy the views of crystal clear water, spectacular sunsets, mangrove forests, and coconut trees! Tanga Bay is an ideal spot for diving and other activities like snorkelling!

5. Kilwa

Home to a fishing village, a lively town, the Gereza Fort, built by Portuguese in 1505, and an 11th century mosque, Kilwa is a great spot for diving. The beaches are beautiful and do not face too many tourists. Visitors can spot dolphins and whales and enjoy the lush vegetation in the surroundings. Guests can also enjoy fresh seafood, with lobster, octopus, calamari, crab, and prawns! 

6. Lake Tanganyika

The second largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Tanganyika is a great diving destination because it is home to spectacular aquatic life such as over 250 species of the beautiful rainbow cichlid fish. Tourists can also spot 81 species of aquatic plants! It is important to consult a guide, as the lake is home to water cobras and crocodiles, so locals and experts can ensure visitor safety.

Perch Cichlid Discus

Perch Cichlid Discus, Image Source: WikiImages from Pixabay

7. Nungwi Beach

The glorious Nungwi Beach is a must see for nature lovers who wish to enjoy scenic views of crystalline waters and lush green vegetation, and relax at a pristine location. Here, visitors can go on diving trips where they can find dolphins, humpback whales, green turtles, sea slugs, octopuses, shrimps, eels, and corals!

8. Lake Victoria

One of Africa’s greatest lakes, Lake Victoria is an excellent spot for diving. Covering 59000 sq km, the freshwater lake is home to more than 200 species of beautiful fish, including Nile perch, tilapia, marbled lungfish, catfish, and cichlid, and turtles! Tourists should hire a guide, as diving may be dangerous for beginners.

Lake Victoria Shores

Lake Victoria Shores, Image Source: Reinout Dujardin from Pixabay

9. Lake Malawi

Tourists can enjoy diving at the freshwater lake called Lake Malawi, which has no currents, so diving is a fun experience. It is home to over 2000 species of freshwater fish, including many colorful species of cichlids. The clear, calm, and shark-free waters make the lake one of the top diving spots in Tanzania.

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi, Image Source: AlexandraMamaeva from Pixabay

10. Refuge Coral Reef

Scientists from the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) recently discovered an unspoiled coral reef in a cross boundary marine protected area between Tanzania and Kenya, which can be accessed from the north of Tanzania. The vibrant area of marine biodiversity is small, but magical. This spot is perfect for diving as long as visitors remain mindful of the need for protecting coral sanctuaries, and ensuring that they are not harmed in any way.

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