A number of excellent PADI Diving Centres exist on Zanzibar, providing scuba diving instruction and opportunities for every level of diver, from absolute beginner up to real expert. Full equipment and tank-filling facilities are provided.
Diving trips usually involve two dives per day, from around three hours to six, depending on where you are going and what you are doing. There is diving to suit every taste, from really deep dives at Leven Banks and the Big Wall, to shallow, but very beautiful dives at Tumbatu and Wattabomi.
For those who don’t dive there is a wealth of snorkelling opportunities around Zanzibar, with a wide range of beautiful coral reefs to explore. With the exception of the rainy seasons, between March and May, and again in November, conditions in the Indian Ocean are usually ideal – high visibility in warm, crystal-clear water.
In addition to the previous two watersports it is also possible to indulge in kayaking, by means of one or two person modern sea kayaks, especially around the Northern Coast. This region is also eminently suitable for windsurfing, with modern such equipment readily available for hire. The wind blows onshore for a lot of the year and the tides mean you can start off in nice shallow water and move out into the deep when you feel ready. It is also possible to kite-surf.
You can also indulge in waterskiing here, using either conventional or mono skis, together with wake-boards, or even ringos. These are large inflatable rings which are pulled behind a boat two at a time at speeds of up to 30 mph, and bounce across the water while you try to hold on.
For the sailors out there we can arrange rental of a wide selection of boats including lasers and hobie cats. Sailing courses can also be booked.
Zanzibar South ($520 pppn)
Located on the beach named as one of the top 30 in the world by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, Baraza Beach resort will not disappoint.
Zanzibar East ($300 pppn)
An excellent large-resort type of hotel, set on Zanzibar's Eastern coast, with every sort of facility that you could wish for.
Zanzibar South ($235 pppn)
Largest (and cheapest) of the three hotels in the Breezes/Palms/Baraza chain, all situated on this most secluded of Zanzibar's beaches.
Chumbe Island ($270 pppn)
A genuine 'eco-lodge', situated on the magical Chumbe Island, a coral island located just six miles from Zanzibar, and reached by boat.
Zanzibar North ($0 pppn)
An inexpensive family-run beach hotel, situated only a short walk from most of Nungwi's activities.
Zanzibar West ($105 pppn)
Not far from Stonetown, Fumba offers a wide range of activities and a great beach.
Pemba Island ($400 pppn)
Set on Pemba Island, Fundu Lagoon is a medium-sized, medium-priced island retreat, very popular with honeymooners.