Indian Ocean Tanzania, Coast and islands of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam
Beach Excursion Highlight
When planning an Indian Ocean beach trip in Africa, you probably look forward to spending long, laze hours in the warm tropical sun, napping in hammocks under lush palm trees or wandering on the sands watching the waves slip in and out with the tides. Or you might picture yourself swimming with your romantic half or playing with your kids in the sand. Scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts could look forward to viewing marine life while anglers might dream of snagging the biggest fish of their lives.
Those seeking to bridge cultural gaps within our interwoven world will be enlightened while touring the coastal towns and islands of Tanzania. Work out your trip plan with AfricanMecca Safaris, and you will be delighted in finding out about all that Tanzania has to offer so you can have the most enjoyable and unforgettable holiday ever.
Diving And Snorkeling In Tanzania
The tepid waters of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania and its isles conceal a wondrous underwater biome with an unbelievable diversity of coral inhabited by an equally stunning variety of reef fish and other denizens. The temperature of the water remains appropriately variable at 75-94 F (24-29 C) with a visibility extending from up to 40 meters, making the locales superb for scuba diving and snorkeling trips in eastern Tanzania with AfricanMecca. There are distinctly designated sites along the coast and should you begin your marine explorations around Zanzibar Island, you will discover that a unique ecosystem has developed around the sunken ships that now have coral growing on them along with a new crew of rays, eels, barracudas, green and hawksbill turtles, mollusks, crabs, octopus, seahorses, sea anemones, and more than 400 species of fish.
While traveling to the islands of Africa, you must visit the first gazetted marine park of Tanzania in Mafia Island by Chole Bay. The other dive and snorkel destinations are Pemba, Mnemba, Chumbe, Chapwani, Lazy Lagoon Island, Fanjove, Bagamoyo, Kilwa, Maziwe Island at Pangani and many more, each have their own distinct sites housing many fascinating creatures like sweetlips, black triggerfish, parrotfish, pufferfish, scorpionfish, lionfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, batfish and countless others. There are also playful dolphin sightings around Tanzania, and during migration season, you might spot humpback whales and also plankton eating whale sharks.
Deep Sea Fishing In Tanzania
The deep seas of the Indian Ocean support varied pelagic fishes that teems the waters along the coast of Tanzania. Bill fishes especially are the angler’s delight, and you could spend thrilling hours on your aquatic vacation in Tanzania aboard a custom-built equipped boat either learning or further honing your skills. There are many designated deep sea locations like the world-renowned Pemba Channel where you could try your luck, and if you are looking to pit your wits against a specific kind of fish, you could check with our expert tour consultant at AfricanMecca Safaris for the seasons when they are to known to be present.
Your skipper works according to tag and release rules and regulations so that leisure big game fishing is sustainable in Tanzania. Wahoo, giant trevally, barracudas, kingfish and dorado are some of the fish that are available all through the year but there are others like dog-toothed tuna bonitos, sailfish, swordfish, black marlins, spearfish, almaco jacks, stripped marlins, ruby snappers, blue marlins, yellowfin tuna and many others that can be caught best during specific months. But, your ocean expedition of Eastern Africa will be made truly memorable by the excitement and experience of reeling in the fish once you have a got a bite. You will also be treated to possible sightings and catches of mako, thresher, hammerhead and tiger sharks, which are also consumed by seaside locals.
Historic Old Town Tours Of The Tanzanian Coast And Islands
The coast and islands of Tanzania have a very rich heritage that is a heterogeneous combination of the many callers from all over the world over many centuries that arrived on her doorstep, each of which brought with them their own cultures, vestiges of which you can view in the edifices that still stand today. Visit Zanzibar during your historical and cultural holiday in Tanzania with AfricanMecca, and you will be enchanted by the old merchant mansions crafted out of coral limestone. Explore the narrow maze streets of the bazaars of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and also view the other specimens of fine architecture like the Bait-al-Ajaib or House of Wonders, the Sultan’s Palace, Anglican Church, wide-ranging mosques, Hindu temple, the Old Fort and many more.
Dar es Salaam is yet another buzzing coastal city that enriches you with the sights of the relics in the museums and tours of Kivukoni Fish Market, Ithnasheri Mosque, White Father’s Mission House, Askari Monument, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, National Museum and House of Culture to name a few. Many of these buildings are remnants of the colonial advent in Tanzania. Bagamoyo is another fine seashore town with a recorded history that goes back to the 13th century. There are many edifices here that will talk to you about the time of the Arabs, Asian Indians, Chinese and more recently Continental colonizers who traded in slaves, ivory, textiles, spices, ornaments, porcelain wares and much more. Tour and view with fascination the Old Fort, Liku House, Customs House, Caravan Serai and the heart-wrenching Hanging Place, among others. Kilwa was also a yesteryear port town that was famous for the trade of gold and ivory against silver, carnelians, incenses, beads, pottery and many other goods. Explore this ancient settlement on your travels in southern Tanzania by following in the footsteps of the 16th-century adventurer, Ibn Batuta.
Ruins, Festivals, In-Land Habitats And Coastal Attractions In Tanzania
When touring East Africa, you will discover that the shores of Tanzania have seen the rise and fall of many civilizations, and the ruins that you can see on them are enchanting remains that whisper to you about bygone eras. Some of them are at Kunduchi located north of Dar es Salaam, Kaole at Bagamoyo, Mikindani, Kisiwani and Songo Mnara at Kilwa. Visit the Village Museum in Dar es Salaam for a cultural experience of dance and music, and shop for curios, Tinga Tinga paintings, handwoven baskets and Makonde artifacts at the Nyumba ya Sanaa.
You could also shop for handcrafted artifacts at small dukas (shops) of Stone Town in western Zanzibar. Sample the seafood delicacies, fresh fruits and spices at the Forodhani Gardens. Join in the festival celebrations of Maulid in varied coastal settlements around Tanzania. Go on a guided Zanzibar day tour with AfricanMecca to Jozani Forest Reserve, its Spice Farms, and the many ancient mosques and burial grounds that have many tales and mysteries to reveal to the vacationing visitants.