Al Jazeera Al
Khadra' (the green island, in Arabic)
Pemba Island is the perfect place to explore Indian ocean's
marine life. The Island offers magnificent deep sea diving
ground, which range from 30 to 50 meters. Experienced scuba
divers have an opportunity to explore pristine coral
structure with abundant marine life and the relatively
frigid unspoiled waters of the Indian Ocean. The surface is
encrusted in sponges, corals and weed.
Diving usually takes place in any of the narrow channels
between the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar. Due to its superb
visibility divers can exceed their diving depth. The reef in
Pemba is rich in tube sponges such as, miniature church
organs, huge acropora plate corals and mushroom-shaped.
Multi-tiered plate corals offer a plethora of hiding places
for nocturnal feeders, large sweet lips, groupers, as well
as, the flower-like polyps of xenia soft corals. Fish found
here are black feather stars, Anemones and associated fish.
Pemba diving sites
Located at the southernmost point of Pemba Island is one of
the best places for deep sea diving . This place is mostly
affected by the cold southerly currents. It has a different
mix of plants and corals. The reef here reaches 45 meters
deep. Species of fish seen in clear water above include;
black fin barracuda, horse-eye jacks, Rainbow runners,
Gap and Misali Gap:
(deep-water drop-offs) home to big eye jacks, barracuda,
giant sweet lips and groupers.
including Swiss Reef, Shimba Walls, Fundu Gap, Njao Gam
and Shimba Hills.
is between July and November, when cold clear water is
driven up from the south by the autumn winds. Types of Dive
includes dive from liveaboard and dive from the boat
are seeking out the less-crowded Pemba Island for diving
experience and relaxation