Adventure dives in Paje, Zanzibar

Adventure dives in Paje, Zanzibar

Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level: Beginner
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Fitness level: Beginner
  • Duration: from full day to 4-7 days
  • Cancellation policy: 
    moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Buccaneer Diving: Arabian Nights Hotel, Paje, Zanzibar
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Buccaneer Diving Zanzibar is located on Zanzibar’s South East Coast. Along the 12 km long stunning white beach of Paje village. You'll find their main base situated at the Arabian Nights Annex Hotel Complex. The diving around Paje is pristine, with some of the finest corals to be found on the east coast.

Buccaneer Diving offers a selection of 20+ local dive sites for all experiences, levels and tastes. These vary from inner-lagoon dives, sloping outer-reef dives, and wall dives. Although all the sites are fascinating, there are some that are better in certain seasons. Some of these are further afield and some require diving experience of an advanced level. All of the dives are drift dives with a boat following the dive group for support.

They also run day trips to the Mnemba Atoll, a private marine reserve, which is located two hours north of the centre. Trips to Kizimkazi, the southern-most point of the island, can also be organized through the Buccaneer Diving centre. For the more experienced divers, they offer exploration dives that will introduce you to the logistics of exploring new sites (GPS and particular safety procedures).

Weather conditions 
East Africa is very much subject to the trade winds that blow along the coast. This does mean that the team can predict, with some degree of accuracy, the diving conditions that you can expect throughout the year. Generally, the best times for diving are October through to December and February through to late March / April with visibility up to 30 metres. The diving in August and September can be good in Zanzibar and if the weather conditions do get rough there are a number of very good lagoon dives on offer.

Zanzibar is on the equator so you can expect tropical water temperatures, these vary between a minimum of 23 degrees Celsius to around 28 degrees Celsius depending on depth and season. The average water temperature is 26 degrees Celsius.

Common marine life
The coral gardens around Zanzibar offer a huge variety of both soft and hard corals, anemones and sea cucumbers. Some other marine life you can expect to see at all of the dive sites are varieties of wrasses, angelfish, pipefish, scorpion fish, nudibranchs, leaf fish, stingrays, snake eels, trumpet fish, ribbon eels, groupers, trevallies, crocodile fish and many more. On the outside reefs you can also see larger fish such as kingfish, yellow fin and dog tooth tuna, barracudas, turtles, napoleon wrasse, eagle rays and from time to time, dolphins and humpback whales when in-season. 

The base and equipment
Buccaneer Diving runs three boats that go for daily double dives. All three are fibreglass speed boats and are equipped with twin outboard motors and all safety requirements such as oxygen, cell phones, first aid kits and a GPS. All of the guides are PADI professionals (Divemaster or above) and are trained in first aid, and all dives are led by a guide with a permanent surface marker buoy.

They use Mares and Scubapro equipment which is serviced regularly by their certified technicians. They also use steel 7,12 & 15 litre tanks for DIN or Yoke fittings. The Buccaneer Diving centre offers a top training facility with a training pool, restaurant and an air conditioned classroom.

Offers

1

Buccaneer Diving runs daily tide-dependent double tank dives, where the surface interval is spent on the boat, as well as night dives according to the tidal conditions.

The dives are scheduled for optimum site conditions according to the tides. However, nature can be unpredictable and conditions can alter rapidly especially during the May/ June rainy season. They always aim to dive at our scheduled site, but safety is always the primary concern and if conditions necessitate rescheduling at short notice they will do so.

Special terms

Please note the meeting time may change as this depends upon the tide and weather conditions.

Please note you are not allowed to fly for up to 24 hours after your last dive.

Do not forget to bring
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Change of clothing
  • Bottled water and snacks
  • Sunscreen
Sport level:Beginner
Duration:full day
Minimum Age:minimum 10 y/o
Meeting point:
Buccaneer Diving: Arabian Nights Hotel, Paje, Zanzibar
Included:
  • All necessary scuba diving gear
  • Expert instructor
2

Buccaneer Diving runs daily tide-dependent double tank dives, where the surface interval is spent on the boat, as well as night dives according to the tidal conditions.

The dives are scheduled for optimum site conditions according to the tides. However, nature can be unpredictable and conditions can alter rapidly especially during the May/ June rainy season. They always aim to dive at our scheduled site, but safety is always the primary concern and if conditions necessitate rescheduling at short notice they will do so.

Special terms

Please note the meeting time may change as this depends upon the tide and weather conditions.

Please note you are not allowed to fly for up to 24 hours after your last dive.

Do not forget to bring
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Change of clothing
  • Bottled water and snacks
  • Sunscreen
Sport level:Beginner
Duration:2-3 days
Minimum Age:minimum 10 y/o
Meeting point:
Buccaneer Diving: Arabian Nights Hotel, Paje, Zanzibar
Included:
  • All necessary scuba diving gear
  • Expert instructor
3
10 dives

Buccaneer Diving runs daily tide-dependent double tank dives, where the surface interval is spent on the boat, as well as night dives according to the tidal conditions.

The dives are scheduled for optimum site conditions according to the tides. However, nature can be unpredictable and conditions can alter rapidly especially during the May/ June rainy season. They always aim to dive at our scheduled site, but safety is always the primary concern and if conditions necessitate rescheduling at short notice they will do so.

Special terms

Please note the meeting time may change as this depends upon the tide and weather conditions.

Please note you are not allowed to fly for up to 24 hours after your last dive.

Do not forget to bring
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Change of clothing
  • Bottled water and snacks
  • Sunscreen
Sport level:Beginner
Duration:4-7 days
Minimum Age:minimum 10 y/o
Meeting point:
Buccaneer Diving: Arabian Nights Hotel, Paje, Zanzibar
Included:
  • All necessary scuba diving gear
  • Expert instructor

Meeting point

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