There are three dive sites within the reef just 15 minutes boat ride from our base in Paje and Jambiani. Because the lagoon is within the barrier reef it is protected from the outside elements, creating calmer conditions for both marine life and divers! The depth ranges from 6m to 22m.
- Lagoon Mounding offers a beautiful inner reef with varied marine life and a stunning coral landscape. Common sightings include nudibranches, leaf fish, snake eels, pipefish, and batfish, scorpion fish, puffers and trumpet fish.
- Stingray City offers us diving which we tend to conduct around the main channel of the lagoon where the chances are high to see dozens of Blue Spotted Stingrays, the dive continues to the Eastern reef to dive amongst the large coral formations.
- Jambiani Lagoon is home to our seahorses, typically found over the sandy and sea grass areas, the dive continues to the far side of the Eastern reef where we often spot frog fish, leaf fish and even harlequin shrimp.
Our Outer Reef
Dive boats in the South East region of Zanzibar access the outside reef sites through gaps in the barrier reef called ‘Mlango’ (Swahili for door). The mlango we usually use to get outside the reef is located by the lagoon, about 15 minutes boat ride from our Paje dive base.
The sites as listed below are between 5 – 20 minutes from the mlango and are all ran as drift dives. Fish life outside the reef includes napoleon fish, groupers, morays, turtles, lobsters, octopus, ribbon eels, stingrays and much more. We sometimes have dolphins, kingfish, and barracuda too. The current outside will take us north or south so usually you can enjoy a leisurely dive over the gardens and alongside the walls.
- Cement Wall (12 – 35m) is named after a ship that in the 1930’s lost its cargo of cement, here we still find 3 enormous anchors during the dives, one of which is set in front of a small cave, in addition to spectacular colors and rich marine life among which ribbon eels. Either we dive across the garden or alongside the wall, making it suitable for all levels of divers.
- Sau Inn Garden (6 – 20m) is a stunningly beautiful garden of assorted corals with amazing colors and a plentitude of micro life and fish. Keep your eye out for leaf fish and ribbon eel.
- The Big Cave (12 – 25m) is actually a very tiny cave at around 25m. In addition to the previous mentioned species you’re also likely to find large moray eels, groupers and large lobsters. The site has beautiful coral with plenty of fish.
- Barracuda Point (10-20m) offers a vast coral garden with mounds and overhangs that shelter a variety of shellfish and some of our shyer reef fish. The dive starts with a drop onto a bed and follows a slope to around 20m.
- Powoni North, Powoni Hill and Powoni South (12-30m) are three dive sites within 20 minutes of our base with particularly magnificent table corals, normal crowded, among other species, by sweet lips and unicorn fish, keep an eye out on the blue for the occasional pelagic.
- Powoni Cave (15-30m) is a gentle slope full of corals with a stunning overhang, among other species a lot of moray eels can be found here.
- Napoleon Wall (12-35m) has a spectacular drop off and has its name from the resident napoleon wrasse that lives here. In addition to stunning soft and hard corals you will find a wide number of species among which various moray eels.
- Giant Grouper Wall (12-28m) is a fantastic wall dive during which we can see a lot of groupers, in particular, potato groupers and with some luck we’ll spot some pelagics out in the blue too.