Snorkeling in Zanzibar (Half/Full Day)

Itinerary Summary

Item Detail
Minimum price $20 per person... more prices
Schedule (half day) 07:30 to 10:30 (fixed time)
Schedule (full day) 07:30 to 15:30 (fixed time)
Starting point Matemwe, North East
Termination point Matemwe, North East
Key activities Sightseeing, snorkeling
Main attractions Mnemba Island (private island), corals, marine lives
Memo Bring your swimwear and towels.
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The experience of snorkeling in Zanzibar is regarded among the best in the world. Our sites will thrill you and give you an unforgettable experience.

Why Mnemba Island?

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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.

Common Marine Animals Found in Zanzibar Waters

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Some of the most common species you should expect to see while snorkeling in Zanzibar are butterflyfish, parrotfish, clownfish, boxfish, lionfish, angelfish, stingrays, turtles, dolphins, lobsters, squids, crabs, nudibranches, starfish cucumbers, sponges, shrimps, sea urchin and the list goes on.

A Chance of Whale Spotting

The Humpback Whale

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.

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The Whale Shark

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.

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Average Sea Temperatures in Zanzibar

Scale Celsius Fahrenheit
Level Min Max Min Max
January 27.5 29.8 82.4 84.7
February 27.7 29.6 82.4 84.5
March 28.4 30.2 83.8 85.6
April 27.6 30.8 83.0 86.2
May 27.5 29.2 82.1 83.8
June 25.8 28.1 79.3 81.6
July 25.3 26.8 78.1 79.6
August 24.7 26.5 77.2 79.0
September 25.0 26.8 77.7 79.5
October 25.2 28.1 78.5 81.4
November 26.4 29.5 80.7 83.8
December 27.1 30.2 82.0 85.1

Prices for Snorkeling in Zanzibar

Site Mnemba Island
Package Half day Full day
Adult $25 $65
Child (5-10) $20 $60
Baby - -
Group from 5 $20 $60
Single supplement $5 $5
Wetsuit with reef shoes $18 $25
Price Inclusions
Entry: Menay Bay conservation
Life jacket, mask, flippers
Boat, skipper, crew
Fresh fruits snacks
Lunch -

Pick-up and drop off would be calculated for you separately depending on your location.

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