Snorkeling in Zanzibar

The experience ofsnorkeling in Zanzibar is regarded among the best in the world. Our sites will thrill you and give you an unforgettable experience. More than 350 different fish species are recorded here alone.

Snorkeling Sites

Mnemba Island

A single small island located about 3km off the Northeast coast. It is surrounded by an oval reef seven by four kilometres in extent. These reefs have been declared a Marine Conservation area. Mnemba Island and its reef are sometimes called Mnemba Atoll which is incorrect because an atoll is an island that encircles a lagoon, which is not the case for Mnemba Island. Mnemba has pproximately 600 species of coral reef fish.

Mnemba Island

Tumbatu Island

The island is located off the North-West coast of Zanzibar. The wedge-shaped island is surrounded by a reef, making it somewhat isolated from the rest of Zanzibar, even though its southern shore is only 2km from the main Island.

Common Marine Animals

Some of the most common species you should expect to see while snorkeling in Zanzibar are butterflyfish, parrotfish, clownfish, boxfish, lionfish, angelfish, stingrays and many more.

Others include turtles, dolphins, lobsters, squids, crabs, nudibranches, starfish cucumbers, sponges, shrimps, sea urchin and the list goes on.

A Chance of Whale Spotting

The deep water around Zanzibar attracts some of the real giants of the Indian Ocean and sometimes we see the amazing Humpback Whale very close to the beaches. Roaming from the Mafia Island betweeen July and November.

We do get frequent visits from the friendly whale shark that sometimes allows snorkelers to come very close. Despite its name and size it is harmless. Refer to our scuba diving packages for a deeper look.

Prices for Snorkeling in Zanzibar

Category Mnemba Island Tumbatu Island
Adult $40 $40
Child (5-10) $25 $25
Baby Free Free
Group from 5 $35 $35
Single supplement $5 $5
Price inclusion
Life jacket, mask and flippers
Boat charter and skipper
Fruits snacks
Conservation fees

Transport is not included in the above costs. It is charged separately depending on your pickup and drop off locations.

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