Dive Sites of Pemba


Visibility: 15m to 50m (45ft to 150ft)
Depths: 10m to 45m (30ft to 100 ft)
Water temperature: min 24°C - max 30°C (75-84°F)

Best time to visit: Diving conditions are all year round good, though through the month of May
will be a lot of rain, even though diving is possible. 


Reefs & Corals



Big Fish



Wrecks & Caves



Pemba dive sites are world renowned and this is for a reason. Pemba a big island and it has a lot of coral reefs. Afro Divers is situated on the North West of Pemba and we mainly run trips to the North East up to the South West

​The diving in Pemba is exciting thanks to its deep and crystal clear waters, like the Pemba Channel.

The tidal difference is more than four meters this is creating a lot of currents, especially between the small islands surrounding Pemba, that create small channels. These channels we call gaps. 


The many mangrove forests on Pemba contribute to a biodiverse and healthy ecosystem the reefs depend on.


Most of our dive sites are walls that drop off from an average of twelve meters down to fifty meters average and some of them going much deeper.

Drifting along the spacious dive sites should be a good reason to come to Pemba, especially when you have abundance of reef fish and the unpredictable oversized fish passing by.


We regularly find green turtles, big napoleon wrasses, eagle rays, tuna and king fish.


Many people know Pemba from it's deep walls dives, strong and sometimes vertical currents. This is certainly true. Some dive sites must be done with experience and some discipline. Though there is always option to find dive sites with more shelter, beautiful coral gardens, that are also not to miss dive sites!

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Many dive sites have big barrel sponges sticking out of the wall, huge fan corals and on the top you can find table corals as big as  two meter.

Reef sharks and whale sharks can be spotted on occasion but not regularly. Shark dives are often remote and deep, so the conditions and the skill level of the divers must be taken in consideration.


Many dive sites have cleaning stations, which are characterized by a high biodiversity of shrimps, moral eels and many other critters.  

On the surface there is a big chance of spotting schools of dolphins

From August to October you can spot the migrating Humpback Whales.

From October to February, you can spot whales sharks.

Seeing a humpback or a whale shark breaching out of the surface is a truly unforgettable experience. 

During surface intervals there is time to go on one of the many isolated beaches to charge up for the next dive!


Special thanks to the photographers that make this website alive!

Marion Haarsma

Underwater photographer


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Adam Sokolski

Underwater photographer


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Carlotta Galante

Nature and street photography on Pemba


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Erik Willis Garstka

Nature and drone photography on Pemba


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