Sebastian from The Little Mermaid had a point, especially if you’re talking about the undersea world around a paradise island like Zanzibar.
Zanzibar’s beaches are a picturesque sight to behold; however the true beauty of the island lies under the ocean surface. Named as the ‘world’s leading dive destination’ in the 2015 World Travel Awards, it’s definitely worth taking the plunge and exploring the wild beneath Zanzibar’s waves.
The island receives the majority of its tourism through watersport inspired holidays. While scuba-diving may seem a little adventurous for some travelers, we’re here to tell you that it’s not nearly as difficult as most people imagine. Anybody who knows how to swim can complete an open-water diving course in just 3 days…and then you’re ready to explore the ocean’s wonders!
Situated just off the northeast coast near Matwmwe, Mneba Atoll Marine Reserve is one Zanzibar’s most popular diving sites. Declared a Marine Conservation Area, itis home to an abundance of sea life and is a breeding ground for green turtles, which can often be seen swimming in the shallows.
Other than turtles, Mneba is famous for the dolphins that like to join you as you snorkel or dive. During the migrating season, one might even spot whale sharks or humpback whales in the distance. This dive is not one to be missed if you are planning a dive trip to Zanzibar.
While it may be tempting to spend your time lazing in sun on Zanzibar’s white sand beaches, an ‘under the sea safari’ is well worth getting your feet wet for and is guaranteed to make your trip an unforgettable one.
In addition to having some of the most spectacular diving and snorkeling opportunities, Zanzibar also has some of the most stunning accommodation options, ranging from rustic beach lodges, to upscale resorts and spas. Take a look at our Zanzibar lodge index for more information and inspiration: https://www.tanzaniaodyssey.com/tanzania/zanzibar