Diving Zanzibar ~ Tanzania

The biggest reason to risk my life driving in Zanzibar was to get to the dive sites.  I went two days, on two dives each day, with two different companies.  Since the island has a definite bay side vs Indian Ocean side, I suspected they might be different.  (They were.) While there is not much coral left anywhere, the bay side had much more.  I also saw different fish and creatures on each side! The water was nice and warm (but not too warm) and visibility was pretty good.

Finding the dive companies was no easy task, especially in the first day in the dark while trying to pour some of my tea on the windshield since the wipers didn’t work and the salty air left quite a slime! I had a map, I stopped for directions a few times when I could find a resort that provided a chance of an English-speaking person, and in the end I was saved by my cell phone.  No sim card, but luckily Stephanie had shown us the day before that if you have loaded a map, the GPS will still work. I finally tried it… and finally found the resort in Kendwa!

The second day was easier, covering some familiar ground and also knowing to just use the GPS. And carry some water for the windshield!

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View from the Scuba Do Dive Center in Kendwa

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West coast of Zanzibar at Kendwa

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West Coast of Zanzibar near the northern tip at Nungwi

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Sailing Dhow

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Tiny little sharp teeth!

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Octopus ~ well camouflaged!

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Nudibranch

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kinda creepy eel

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One Ocean Dive Center on the East coast of Zanzibar

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Hotel and dive training pool

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Sign on the beach

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Nudibranch egg case

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I think a crab to be an odd thing to find in an anenome…

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This guy is who belongs in an anenome!

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Trumpetfish

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A pair of nudibranches…  there were several other pairs nearby, too…

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Snack break on the boat between dives

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Giant clam

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Starfish

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Camouflaged flounder

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Parrotfish

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Frogfish

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Another type of frogfish

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Anenomefish are one of my favorites

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Blue starfish, same type that we see in American Samoa

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Fancy nudibranch backside

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Did I mention my affinity for anenomefish?

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Mnembe Atoll with local boats

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