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).
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.