Snorkelling in Zanzibar is an experience of a lifetime. Unlike many other popular snorkelling destinations around the world it is still possible to find places that have never been explored along the coast. The many varieties of coral provide a home to thousands of colourful and exotic creatures, including blue ribbon tail rays, fire fish and for the “Finding Nemo” fans, clown fish.

 

Our guests often head out into the stretch of ocean outside the hotel and come back with stories of seeing a huge variety of sealife including puffer fish, damsel fish, stone fish and dolphins.

Snorkelling in Zanzibar is an experience of a lifetime. Unlike many other popular snorkelling destinations around the world it is still possible to find places that have never been explored along the coast. The many varieties of coral provide a home to thousands of colourful and exotic creatures, including blue ribbon tail rays, fire fish and for the “Finding Nemo” fans, clown fish.

 

Our guests often head out into the stretch of ocean outside the hotel and come back with stories of seeing a huge variety of sealife including puffer fish, damsel fish, stone fish and dolphins.


Snorkelling by Mnemba Island

The Island of Zanzibar is considered the best scuba diving and snorkelling location in East Africa with Mnemba Island (1 hour boat ride away) providing the best spot. Many of the sites surrounding the island are colourful and thriving, making for fun snorkelling at any time of year. Expect to see lion fish, moray eels, stingrays and turtles swimming around in the shallows as well as humpback dolphins while you are sailing to the island.

You will be provided with masks and fins but you are able to use your own equipement. You will stay out for 5 – 6 hours, starting at 9am. After snorkelling at Mnemba we provide a barbecue at a nearby beach before we head back home under the power of the Dhow sail (winds permitting!).

Snorkelling at Milele

There is no charge to go snorkellling from Milele but you will need to bring your own equipment. Talk to one of our managers about the best times and places to see fish and to ask about anything you should be aware of, such as tides, currents and general weather conditions.

You can also look at the conditions yourself by going to our Zanzibar tide and weather forecast page. Please be aware that although there are a number of different things to see in the reef outside Milele, it does not have the same variety and density of life as Mnemba Island.

Safety

Ask us for the best times to go snorkelling in the Indian Ocean – depending on your experience level there are a number of different activities you can do.

Some handy tips and points when considering snorkelling:

 

  • Don’t go snorkelling by yourself
  • Check all your equipment is working before heading out
  • Know your equipment
  • If you’re having any doubts about your ability, don’t go without talking to one of our managers first
  • Always let someone know that you’re going snorkelling, and give an estimated time that you’ll be back
  • Be honest with yourself about your fitness level
  • Always plan ahead for coming back to shore – remember that you have to swim back the same distance you’ve gone out and you may have to battle against winds and tides
  • Use suncream. Ideally you should wear a rash vest as well if you’re going out for longer than an hour – the water reflects and magnifies the sun so you will be getting twice the dose!
  • Hydrate yourself before heading out – the sea is warm and you will be sweating without noticing

 

Please be aware that all snorkelling is at your own risk.

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