|Diving & Game fishing
The warm clear waters along the Tanzanian coast offer
superb and varied diving; with, some of the most spectacular
diving sites between Zanzibar and Pemba. Here the rough
waters and strong currents are home to manta rays, white
sharks, hammerheads and an abundance of pelagic life.
Pemba has some of the most spectacular diving in the world.
The Pemba channel itself, separates Shimoni in Kenya from
Pemba Island. The channel runs deep until it approaches
the Pemba coastline and then begins a dramatic rise creating
a sheer wall off the coast. Diving is conducted on the
western side and is characterised by crystal clear, blue
water drop-offs along with pristine shallow reefs. Hard
and soft coral gardens abound with schools of coral fish,
pelagic marine life, mantas and turtles.
Misali Marine Park
Misali is surrounded by coral reef that descend steeply
with hard corals up to 64 meters deep, making an island
a preferred spot for diving. About 66% of the coral genera
known in Tanzania are found at Misali Island together
with over 350 fish species from 43 families. Highly threatened
Green and Hawksbill sea turtles nests at Mpapaini and
Mbuyuni beaches, with a minimum of 20 nests annually.
The island supports a variety of indigenous and migratory
sea bird species. Misali is an island southwest of Pemba
Island. It is the perfect destination for nature lovers
because it is a sanctuary for sea birds and turtles. The
nesting turtles and breeding sea birds are found on the
western side of Misali Island. Mbuyuni Beach with its
fine white sand is on the northeast side of Misali Island.
Bendera Cave, just south of the beach, is believed to
have spirits of ancestors present.
Ngezi Rain Forest
The Ngezi Peninsula is the northernmost point on Pemba.
Much of the area is taken up by the Ngezi Forest, which
is the last remains of a huge tract of indigenous forest
which used to cover most of Pemba. Ngezi is home to the
Pemba Flying Fox, a bat endemic to the island. The forest
itself is a protected area and there is an information
centre, a nature trail and a small entrance fee. On the
east side of the Ngezi peninsula is Vumawimbi Beach, an
immaculate beach with miles of white sand flanked by a
pristine forest. On the western side is Verani Beach with
the 'Pango ya Watoro' or 'the cave of the fugitives' at
the northern end.