Zanzibar offers divers abundant marine life, including whale sharks migrating through the surrounding waters from Aug-Sep and Feb-Mar. August sees the migration of humpback, and sperm whales.
The island is a flat, palm-clad coral atoll surrounded by a coral reef structure. Shallow coral reefs, sloping banks and vertical drop-offs with hard and soft corals and over 350 species of Indo-Pacific marine fauna await you and offer an ideal opportunity to learn to dive or to upgrade your diving qualification.
Leven Banks, off the north coast, is popular with advanced divers. Here, in strong currents you will find big schools of tuna, trevally, king fish, barracuda, wrasses, big Moray Eels and large schools of reef fish. The east coast is where untouched reefs face open ocean, offering a huge variety of marine life and the possibility of encounters with big oceanic fish.
Topside, historic Zanzibar’s rich cultural heritage is much in evidence. It’s cultural heart is the old city, Stone Town, characterised by a labyrinth of narrow streets, bazaars and grand Arab houses. Elsewhere are ruined palaces, the famous Persian baths and caves where slaves were once imprisoned.
Zanzibar is a 20 minute flight from Dar es Salaam and several international carriers fly directly to the island.
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