the clear blue Indian Ocean waters, large napoleon wrasse swim
side by side with pelagics such as tuna, jacks, wahoo and schools
of barracuda. Manta and eagle rays cruise the edge of the reefs
along with many species of shark and giant groupers. Hawksbill
and green turtles roam the top of the reefs for food, rest and
shelter, while many smaller reef fish are playing in the shallower
depths. Between crustaceans, brightly colored starfish can be
found in a setting of vibrant colors from the surrounding beautiful
coral and sponges.
The best diving is found around the islands of Pemba, Zanzibar
and Mafia. Both landbased and liveaboard operators ply much of
Pemba Island is remote, relatively unknown and on many experts
list of top dive spots in the world. It is surrounded by numerous
small islands, fringed by beautiful coral reefs and plunging drop-offs
which gives a deep blue color to the ocean that gradually turns
into the turquoise waters of the shallows.
Mostly the western coast has been explored for diving as this
side is sheltered and closest to the main land. The shallows around
the islands offer stunning snorkelling and excellent conditions
to experience lush coral gardens which stretches as far a the
eye can see.
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