Scuba Diving in Paradise
Scuba-divers are attracted to Tanzania as it is bounded on all sides by water, with 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. Whether you’re out shore diving, boat diving or lake diving there is much to choose from. Diving in the crystal clear freshwaters of Lake Tanganyika is similar to diving in an aquarium, surrounded by hundreds of coloured Cichlid. Pemba Island is well-loved for its rich diversity including its sharks, reef fish, ribbon eels, fire dart fish, chevron barracuda, yellow fin tuna and giant groupers.
Zanzibar offers abundant coral reefs and over 30 dive sites that include reef, wall and wreck diving. Mafia Island is known for its spectacular sightings of whale sharks. And look out for the untouched and pristine Mesali Island Coral Garden – with hundreds of species of coral, colourful reef fish and different species of turtles, rays and eels. Tanzania’s conditions are ideal for diving and throughout its Indian Ocean sites, visibility can reach up to 30 metres / 100 feet, with the peak times being from October to March. Over and above that, water temperatures remain almost constantly at 25 degrees Celsius throughout the year.
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