The Dive Sites of Pemba Island
There are many dive sites in Pemba, they range from the shallow marine park at Misali Island to the stunning walls of the northern reefs. Murrays Wall and Slobodan's Bunker are two favourites. We are lucky in that our own in house NAUI Instructor Trainer Raf Jah found many of the dive sites in Pemba. These images show the true beauty of Tanzania's underwater beauty.
Pemba's dive sites stretch from the far north of Ras Kigomasha, with the rolling underwater hills of "Lighthouse" and "Shimba Hills". The gaps of Njao and Fundo conceal some of the most impressive wall diving.
The steep sides drop down to 90metres (300ft) and the occasional shark swims by. At trigger corner, a school of resident barracuda hang around at 10m (30ft). Further south is Major Eggers Ascent, so named after Major (now Lt. Colonel rtd) Mike T Eggers, who first dived the site with Raf Jah and conducted an ascent at the end of the dive which was memorable. He did this on the three successive dives at the new location and so the site was named. The aquarium gives way to Major Egger is in Kabul (yes he came back and we found another site).
Further south are the secret sites of Slobodan Milosevic's Bunker, Christmas reef, Devils Wall and Chillis wall.
At Misali Island, the majesty of Murrays wall dominates the reef structure with passing manta and mobula rays and schools of big eyed jacks that are so thick they blot out the sun. This is an experience that does not happen on every dive, but if you can find the swirl, or the swirl finds you, it gets very dark below them. An unforgettable dive.
Coral garden and Coral Mountain are the main sites on Mislali Island itself. South of Misali are the dive sites of Tora Bora Caves, Serena's folly and Rarotonga. These sites are brilliant as they have massive fish swimming by, but they are best suited to experienced divers as the currents can be quite strong.
All of Pemba's dive sites have a plethora of macrolife and creatures. Dr Ewald Leiske Says that East African Indian Ocean has a minimum of 500 species of fish, maybe even 550. Compare this with 350 in the Red Sea.
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