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Published: October 6th 2018
The Spanish Dancers dive centre
From Zanzibar city we bus it to the very north of the island to Nungwi. This is a good beach area and has several dive schools - I have arranged for us to do a couple of days diving with Spanish Dancers dive centre and we have a room only a hundred metres away so it’s all very convenient and a good place to relax for a few days.
The diving is a little mixed. The first day we dive off the west coast near to Nungwi and though the fish life is good the visibility is only about 10m – so it’s a little disappointing. The 2nd
day we go to Mnemba Atoll, on the east coast and a 40min speedboat ride away and have a superb couple of dives, excellent vis and great diversity of fish. I didn’t risk my camera underwater, but this would be a good place for photography. The diving here isn’t ridiculously cheap and it sounds like we had good conditions so it’s not perhaps a place to come just for the diving but worthwhile to do when you’re here. Both days we saw pods of dolphins from the dive boat, but this time
Local fishing dhow
didn’t have the chance to snorkel with them.
Nungwi is a popular spot for a beach holiday and there are the usual selection of beach activities, boat trips and s good selection of beach restaurants where you can sit and watch the sunset. There’s a fair number of Italians here and quite a few Russians soaking up the sun. We chat to some locals who refer to them as “crocodile tourists” as all they do is eat and lie in the sun!
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