Lying off the coast of Tanzania, 80 km north of Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar is one of the undiscovered jewels on the African coast. White, powdery beaches lined with giant coconut palms swaying in the breeze.
Scuba Do Zanzibar PADI Dive Centre is on of the best diving centres in Zanzibar
Scuba Do Zanzibar Dive Sites
Tumbatu Island is surrounded by a coral shelf, which supports a diverse selection of colourful corals and small reef fish.
Gentle currents and calm waters offer a relaxing dive either along a shallow coral wall 8 - 12m deep at Three Turtles or a gradual bank at Coral Beach.
On the tip of Tumbatu is a lovely dive site known as Mwana wa Mwana with a gradual sloping wall from 5 to 12 metres.
Mnemba Atoll is a favourite with many divers and visibility here is often in excess of 20m. You will find a variety of dive sites with depths between 10 and 30m, suitable for both beginners and advanced divers.
Visit Kichwani Wall, a steep coral bank with a number of small crevices hiding lion fish and porcupine fish, if you look up to the top of the wall you may be lucky and see the occasional pod of dolphins swimming by, or look out into the blue to see schools of kingfish and grouper.
Further round the atoll, Watta Bommy and the Aquarium are the favourite locations for turtles. Both Hawksbill and green turtles come here to rest on top of the plate corals and are very patient with divers as well as those with cameras!
Near the famous Mnemba Atoll, The Great Wall is an advanced deep dive with a depth ranging from 30 to 50 metres. This site boasts dominant brain coral.
Napoleon, snappers and tuna are often seen and turtles can also be found here.
Leven Bank is an undersea mountain approximately 6km long.
The surrounding deep water and strong currents bring schools of large pelagic fish to the area. Either you drift with the current along the top of the bank at 18 -25m or drop on the side of the bank at 30m and make your way to the top. Expect to see moray eels and octopus and be surrounded by schools of tuna, barracuda and kingfish.
An exhilarating dive recommended for advanced divers.
Kendwa Reef offers several dive sites which are ideal for beginners or qualified divers interested in a long shallow dive. The coral reef runs parallel to shore and has a maximum depth of 8-10m you will see many small reef fish and beautiful anemones hiding in the coral garden.
Kendwa Gardens is a specific drop on this reef offering a shallow dive with many nudi branches, Spanish dancers, pipefish and occasionally marbled electric rays.
Mbele ya Mwizi is just along the beach from Scuba Do Dive Centre. It consists of a coral reef 5 - 15m deep. Rare stag-horn coral grows in this area and frequent visitors include squid, cuttlefish and a variety of rays.
Around the northern tip of Zanzibar Island, a stunning wall of lattice or maze coral fringes the island.
With depths ranging from 10 to 20 metres, you dive Kichafi and Haji reefs and often both reefs within the same dive.
Scuba Do Zanzibar PADI Scuba Diving Courses
Discover Snorkelling: an introduction for the first-time snorkeler to the underwater world!
Discover Scuba Diving: either a half or full day introduction to scuba diving with a qualified instructor.
Scuba Diver: in 2-3 days, have a diving qualification which allows you to dive with a PADI professional down to 12 metres... or carry on for an additional two days to be a fully qualified open water scuba diver.
Open Water Diver: in 4-5 days, you will be a fully-fledged scuba diver with your ticket to dive down to 18 metres anywhere in the world!
Adventure Diver: opportunity for qualified divers to improve their knowledge and experience by collecting adventure dives in areas such as night diving, computer diving, deep diving, underwater navigation, drift diving, peak performance buoyancy, fish identification, underwater naturalist, underwater photography, boat diving, etc.
Advanced Open Water Diver: once an open water diver has collected 5 adventure dives (see above) he or she can register as an advanced open water diver... or sign up for this course for five adventure dives! (Deep Dive and Underwater Navigation are required for this qualification.)
Specialty Courses: - to familiarise divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards for various special-interest areas in diving.
Emergency First Response: open to divers and non-divers alike, this courses teaches primary and secondary emergency care.
As a pre-requisite to the rescue diver course, you will learn and practice CPR and rescue breathing techniques in addition to other first-aid procedures.
Rescue Diver: learn to look beyond yourself to consider the safety and well-being of other divers. Rescue diver training prepares you to help prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies using a variety of techniques.
Dive Master: - expands the problem solving skills developed by the PADI Rescue Diver program, and extends it from accident management and prevention scenarios to supervisory situations with student divers and certified divers.
Assistant Instructor (AI) Course: introduces teaching techniques for skill and knowledge development with emphasis on programs which PADI assistant instructors may conduct.
Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) Course: introduces the entire PADI system and focuses on further developing abilities as a professional dive educator.
PADI Instructor Examination (IE): an objective evaluation of you skills and knowledge to assess your ability to be a diving instructor by PADI head office staff. (2 day examination)