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Dar Es Salaam Dive Sites

Dar es Salaam Most of the dive sites in Dar es Salaam are located to the north of the city with a concentration of sites off Bahari Beach. The reefs are in good condition and there are several wrecks to visit.


When to go
Whilst the protected West side offers good diving year round the best months are October and November.

Experience
There are sites to suit all levels of experience on Zanzibar. PADI and NAUI courses can be arranged through dive operators on the island. For the experienced diver there are many wrecks, and pristine areas waiting to be discovered.

Big – T Reef

The reef is far out to sea and the swells can be large so this site is more suited to experienced divers. The coral is in excellent condition and descends to a depth of 50 m and at the greater depths reef sharks, tuna, barracuda and dolphins can be seen. It is an interesting site to dive and provides good photographic opportunities.
Access: 45 min boat trip from Bahari Beach Hotel.

The Schlammerstadt Wreck

The top of the wreck lies at only 3m and is about 30 m in length. An old German steamer, it now lies upright on the reef and the best feature of the site is the population of large moray eels which are up to 2 m in length. The hull is now a myriad of colour being covered in hard and soft coral.
Access: located near the entrance to the harbour in Oysterbay, the best contacts for the site of the wreck are found at Msasani Slipway.

Recompression Chamber
The closest facilities are at the Kenyan naval base at Mombasa. The closest hospital is the Aga Khan Hospital.

Summary
Dar es Salaam provides a good base for the novice diver and those with little time. For the experienced diver Big - T reef is the most interesting.

Dive Sites

Diving is not always possible here due to strong currents but when conditions are favourable this is an excellent site for the experienced diver. The main draw is the large fish including giant guitarfish, large stingrays, moray eels and grouper.
Access: 30 min boat trip from Ras Nungwi.

Last Updated on Monday 7th December 2009

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