Tanzaniaâ€˜s Best Marine Parks
With the large number of safari destinations, Tanzania has also been the best place for diving and snorkeling Its endless coral reefs in the crystalline waters of the Indian ocean offer some of the best water sport which every individual would like to enjoy during his / her tour to Marine park destinations.
If you planned to explore the deep at the Indian Ocean, Jumia Travel shares the best Marine parks in Tanzania that would make your tour complete.
Chumbe Island Marine Sanctuary
It is only found in Zanzibar. The coral reef is a protected sanctuary which is famous for its coral diversity, holding 90% of the coral diversity found in East Africa. The reef is shallow enough to see everything very clearly by snorkeling or in a water mask. Chumbe has more than 200 species of hard corals which act like trees in the forest, they provide home, shelter and food to more than 440 identified fish species. You can only enjoy the park by getting a tour guide who can explain in details about all other treasures found around the areas.
Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve
This includes (Mbudya Island, Bongoyo and Pangavini Island).
Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve has the potential biodiversity and richness, diving sports, snorkeling sites and Dolphin reserves. Most of the tourists enjoy these places during the weekend; a tourists can either take a small motor boat ride to Mbudya (only 20 Minutes from the mainland) or to Bongoyo which also takes 30 minutes from the mainland.
Mnazi Bay Marine Park
The Mnazi Bay – Located in Ruvuma, Southern Tanzania on the Mozambique Border is a home of Whales, Dolphins, Turtles and different species of Birds. The area is rocky with sandy shores and is also recognized as being internationally important due to its biodiversity with mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs.
Mafia Marine Park
Mafia Island is located 120 km South of Dar es Salaam. Mafiaâ€™s best diving is at the depth, less than 30m where you can see most kinds of tropical marine habitats. It is also surrounded by some of the richest reefs in the world, with over 50 types of corals and 400 species of fish.