Dive in with snorkelling excursions to Mnemba Island!
Explore Zanzibar’s stunning reef sanctuary on this snorkelling trip to Mnemba Island! A place where dolphins play in the wake of passing boats and curious green turtles break the surface to swim with divers, there’s no better place for wildlife encounters than at this small underwater Eden – just off the coast of Zanzibar Island.
Mnemba Island is a single small island located about 3 km off the northeast coast of Unguja, the largest island of the Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania. A private island and wildlife conservation area, Mnemba is famous for encounters with Green Turtles and Common Dolphins.
Meet your guide at the activity base in Nungwi for this snorkelling trip to Mnemba Island! The perfect retreat for groups of friends and families alike – thanks to its shallow coral gardens and crystal clear visibility, this activity is perfect for non-divers looking to explore the atoll without the need for a PADI qualification. Setting off from Nugwi (20 min), travel to the first of two dive sites – allowing you to jump straight from the boat into the stunning turquoise water. Don’t be surprised to see dolphins riding the wake on your arrival – these curious pods are renowned for their friendly nature! Whilst the island is private, the shallow coral reefs can be explored as far as a single breath will take you – discovering Moorish idols, blue tang and clownfish as you dive. On the seabed, look out for blue starfish, Red-knobbed starfish or the fearsome crown-of-thorns starfish, a poisonous, coral-eating species. After a traditional lunch on the boat, the afternoon is yours – sunbathing on the deck, practising your dives off the bow or snorkelling in search of the area’s green turtles – drawing up the anchor in the early afternoon to return to Zanzibar.
Running throughout out the year, visibility is between 10-30 ft and the depth of the reef ranges from 6-16ft. The reef is protected and fishing is forbidden, so the density of fish here is higher than in many other places in Zanzibar. Access to the island is restricted.