Diving, Snorkelling & Rafting – Water Activity Guide to Tanzania

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Water sports and activities are a great way to spend an evening. They are fun, adventurous, and exciting. With its many beautiful islands, breathtaking beaches, and the Indian Ocean, Tanzania offers many spectacular spots for you to dive, snorkel, or go rafting. Furthermore, the underwater coral reefs are some of the most mesmerizing globally. While many activities have perks, finding the most beautiful spots takes it to the next level. Choosing the perfect spots will also help make your day more exciting.


Tourists that want to dive for the first time will probably find Tanzania's waters the best place to start. However, more experienced divers will know the adventure and magical world awaits them. Tanzania has some of the most pleasant waters for water activities, with temperatures ranging from 26 to 28° Celsius all year. However, for the best diving experience, you want to visit during the dry season since visibility can be lower during the rainy seasons between April and September. Conditions are ideal from October to March.

The best place to start your diving expedition is to reach Zanzibar, one of the world's most beautiful and well-known islands. Zanzibar has an aura of its own, with a rich and colourful history. You will be lost in the many opportunities and adventures this island offers. For diving, Zanzibar has many scenic dive spots in the northern part of the island with an array of marine life and beautiful coral reefs.

Apart from Zanzibar, you can also visit Mnemba, a private island located to the northeast of Zanzibar, another sought-out destination for divers. In addition to Mnemba, you can also visit Pemba Island, a lesser developed island that is not as crowded. If you don't mind the terrible roads, you will love the diving experience here. Mafia Island is also another getaway paradise for divers. It has a marine park home to 400 different fish species and nearly 50 types of corals to explore.


The Indian Ocean provides the perfect conditions to go snorkelling as well. Once again, Zanzibar provides some of the best snorkeling spots. You will be amazed at the marine life diversity in the shallow waters (15 meters deep). You will come across different turtle species, manta rays, octopuses, barracudas, eels, and many other beautiful fishes.

In addition to the spots mentioned for diving, you can also visit Kendwa Gardens, the Kendwa Reef, Tumbatu Island, and the reefs of Bwejuu. Chole Bay in Mafia Island is also a must-visit, where you will find angelfish, fusiliers, crocodile fish, nudibranchs, seahorses, and many other species at a depth of only ten meters. 


Although Tanzania has many unique spots for diving and snorkeling, the best water rafting experiences are limited to the Rufiji river or the River Tana. River Tana offers Class 4-5 rapids, while the Rufiji river is the largest in Tanzania. They both offer a thrilling rafting ride and breathtaking scenery as you make your way down the river. If the tides don't have you occupied, you will also get to witness an array of wildlife throughout your journey.


Tanzania is an adventure-packed vacation that will change your life. It offers some of the best diving and snorkeling spots and has thrilling rivers for an adrenaline-rush rafting experience. Continue to Explore Tanzania with Flightlink to make the most out of your next vacation.

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