Dive in Pemba’s Clear Waters From This Perfect Island Hideaway!
Why we love it
Diving in Pemba island is fantastic: healthy hard corals, dramatic walls, and stunning coral gardens, all with incredible visibility! Conservation programs have been running since 2006, and the island hosts some of East Africa’s best diving and snorkeling spots. Pemba is still pretty much underdeveloped, which adds to the charm! We love the island's virgin beaches and lush hills too. The eco-resort offers superb accommodation, a super chilled beach bar to watch the sunset, and even an underwater room!
The eco-resort has created the Kwanini Foundation to support marine and land conservation initiatives, involving the local community. One of their achievements has been the creation of a no-take zone called the Kwanini Marine Protected Area (KMPA).
Who is it for?
For divers who want to escape the crowds. A good destination for snorkellers too with shallow coral reefs, and incredible visibility. Photographers will love this destination.
5 nights in a garden room (double occupancy basis)
Breakfast: Pastry & Fruit platter, followed by English Breakfast
Lunch: Choice of 2 options for starter and main course
Dinner: 3 course dinner, 2 options for starter and main course
Beverages: Soft drinks, Juices, Mineral Water, Coffee/Tea, Cocktails, Wines, Beers and all alcoholic beverages
Spa Treatments: one treatment per person, per day at the Kipepeo Spa
6 dives in near reefs
Kayaks from the beach
WiFi internet in main lounge area
What's not included?
Airport transfers are $45 (about ... EUR) per adult per way
Environmental impact Levy of $30 (about ... EUR) per person per night
Pemba hosts various tropical marine habitats, including coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and mangroves. The reefs surrounding the island have been identified as a priority area for conservation by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The Pemba channel rises towards the island’s west coast in near-vertical walls along many of the reefs. Coral gardens are in spectacular shape, with plenty of colorful fish and some beautiful macro life.
In the remote sites of Njao Gap, you'll dive on steep walls with huge overhangs and gorgonian sea fans. Some of the species you can see are Titan triggerfish, some Napoleon wrasse, some giant trevally, and sometimes some white tip reef sharks too!
Season: from July to March, conditions are generally excellent for divers, with little rainfall. In April and May, the resort is closed because of the heavy rains.
Currents: few to moderate in some sites
Visibility:30 to 40 m (98 to 131 ft)
Water Temperature:24° to 29°C (75° to 84°F)
Depth: mostly shallow dives
14 dive sites are close to the resort:
the Swiss reef: 3 dive sites
Shimba Hills: 2 dive sites
the Edge: 5 dive sites
Pole Pole Mountain
and the House Reef
There are 10 more dive sites located further out:
in Njao Gap: the Coral Garden, the North Wall, the South Wall, the Slip stream, and the Jahazi Reef
in Fundo Gap: the Mandela Wall, Pinnacle, Coral Garden, the Crack and the South Wall
Operation created in 2013
Number of boats: 2
PADI 5 stars dive center with 18 years of experience
Courses up to rescue diver - ask us
Language spoken: English and Swahili
Equipment Recommended: a 3mm wetsuit
Insurance: both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN Europe that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote
Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: Zanzibar
Visas, flights, and more!
How to get there
The best way to get to Pemba island is to take a flight from Zanzibar airport (ZNZ) or Dar Es Salaam (DAR) to Pemba Airport (PMA) with Auric Air or Coastal Aviation.
Your eco-resort will pick you up at the airport and you'll be up for a 2 hours ride on Pemba dirt roads. They call it the "Pemba massage"!
Verify the airlines schedules before you book your international ticket, and always plan for delays
Tanzania is subject to malaria, dengue and chikungunya. Take necessary precautions to avoid it (cover yourself, have mosquito repellent and take malarone tablets)
Bring reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, a rash guard, a sweater or a light-weight jacket, some walking shoes, mask and snorkel