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Dive Review of in
Africa/Pemba Island

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Van Kampen, WI, USA
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Report Number 4081
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean, Australia,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Great Divemaster,passive but keeping an eye on everything.His name is
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
We had only one photographer on board and he was given all the help he
wanted, but the boat really was not set up special for photographers. It
there had been two or three on board,it would have been awkward.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
We heard a lot about currents and with well planned dives they were
insignificant. We were at the end of the season, rains coming in April, so
we were the only dive boat around. Jambo is a sailing vessel and
occomodations were fine when the AC worked, which was not often, most slept
on deck which was delightful. Jambo's owner, a retired German who looks
like Sean Connery, lives on the boat which is more awkward than being on a
managed liveaboard. But our group chartered the entire boat and we got
along just fine. The reefs are not protected in any way and they are
overfished. Not many big fish. But it was truly delightful to be the only
boat in the waters with a great crew, beautiful weather an ample food. It
was not 5 star diving but neither are places in the Great Barier Reef.
Locals sold us fresh fish and we did some walking on small islands. This is
not great diving but waking up on deck with a gentle breeze and surrounded
by beautiful water and islands without another boat in sight is tough to
complain about. I'd go again in a minute. We combined our trip with a
safari to Serengetti and Ngorogoro crater as well as a side trip to
Zanzibar. Booked with and Dorobo safari at Absolutly a fantastic trip,well planned
and executed by our tour operators,and I can't say enough about the
Tanzanians - a wonderful gentle people. Tanzania is a the must visit place
in Africa.
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