Mnemba Island is one of the ultimate coral island paradises. This tiny island, located in the lagoon off the East Coast of Zanzibar provides “barefoot luxury” to the highest standards and is widely considered to be one of the finest and most exclusive beach locations in the world.
Mnemba has a circular reef, with aquarium conditions on the inside and good wall diving on the outside. Diving here is a year-round event, with good conditions to be found on the atoll under almost all weather conditions and visibility of 20 to 40 meters is the norm. Diving is a mix of shore and boat entry with reefs from 5 to 55 meters depth – a good variety for the newly qualified to the expert!
There are a large variety of corals supporting a wealth of reef fish along with white ribbon eels, shoals of blue striped snapper and yellow fin fusiliers, barracuda, sharks, wrasse, large groupers and lion fish. Turtles and dolphins are regularly see here and if you are lucky enough you may see the elusive whale shark and pilot whales. Humpbacks are also seen here during their migration.
Snorkellers are welcome out on the dive boat and everyone is encouraged to get out to the edges of the reef at some time or other. The snorkeling can be quite superb, even straight off the beach.
The island has a number of windsurfers and kayaks and an instructor is available. The waters off the beach are a perfect place to learn.