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Zanzibar, Africa

Scuba diving holidays to Zanzibar and Mnemba, Tanzanzia offers dive holiday for all levels of divers wanting a stunning beach hotel location. Located 25 miles off the East Coast of Tanzania. the archipelago is made up of Zanzibar and Mnemba atolls, and several islets. Zanzibar is approx 60 miles long by 20 miles wide and is best characterised by the beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs that run for miles on its rugged coastline. Zanzibar offers truly world class diving including the renowned Mnemba Atoll and Levan Banks with numerous reef, wall and wreck dives around the island.

The diving around Paje is pristine with some of the finest corals to be found in East Africa. The protected natural lagoon which is only ten minutes boat ride and a great choice for all levels of divers and accompagning snorkellers a number of good safe and protected dives. The lagoon also is an ideal spot for night dives. In addition there are a number of sites on the outer reef within a 25-minute fast boat ride offering a wide variety of topography ranging from walls, gentle slopes to caves and exciting marine life. There are also dives available from the south of the island at Kizimkazi . Renowned for its dolphins and idyllic sand banks plus day trips to the atoll of Mnemba or more commonly known as the Pemba channel, located in a marine park that is a great location both diving and snorkelling. More >

Culture and Activities
A visit to the old city, Stone Town just 45 mintues drive away is a must. It has a mystical aura with grand Moorish architecture that has changed little over 200 years and has UNESCO world heritage status. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and peruse the bustling bazaars and spice stalls. It's alluring mixture of Arabic and African cultures will intoxicate the senses. Locally Paje beach is a surfy vibe with choice of bars and restaurants.  Also enjoy SUP, surfing and diving with options to entend with a stay in World Heritage Stone Town, safari in Tanzania or climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Individual itineraries can be arranged to fit around your beach based holiday. Please contact us for further details. 

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Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Wreck Diving Tech Diving






Best Time: July - March

Average Air temps: 27°C

Average Water temps: 24°C

Visibility: 10-30m

Top Dive Sites: Mmenba Marine Park and Atoll, 'Pemba' channel, Mafia Island and Pange Reef (for beginners), Mnemba Atoll Leven Banks pinnacle, .HMS Pegasus (19th Century battle cruiser).
Inside the reef - The Lagoon, Lagoon Mounding & Stingray City with shallow depths 6-18m, colourful coral & varied marine life with gentle conditions for courses and novice divers. More >

Dive Centre: Courses and Dive Packages  More >

Great Reasons to Dive in Zanzibar, Tanzania

  • Ideal for Learn to dive
  • Mantas, sharks, groupers & large pelagics
  • Caves and Caverns
  • Beautiful walls & corals (multiple nudibranchs)
  • Whale Sharks (Oct-Mar)
  • Humpback Whales (Sept)
  • Fast drifts
  • Spectacular sand beaches, historic stone town to visit.


Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.

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