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Dive Review of Ras Nungwi Beach Resort in
Africa/Africa, Zanzibar

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Stanley Zuk, NY, USA
Report Number 2486 has 1 Helpful vote
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Mexico, Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Curacao, Virigin Islands, Fiji, Cook
Islands, Maldives, Micronesia, French Polynesia, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Tuamotu
Islands, Fakarava, Rangiroa, Seychelles, PNG, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
safety stop  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
Due to overfishing Zanzibar is not a good dive destination as it was in the
past. The only good dive on the island is around the marine reserve Menemba
atoll, where you can see rich fishlife, a few frog fish, some nice
trevally, batfish, and snapper schools and a few trutles, coral seems
healthy and nice particularily around Nungwi dives, but there's no large
pelagics and no large fish. You will be lucky to see some small blue
spotted stingrays, a few young moray eels, and some mantis shrimp. If it
wasn't for Menemba atoll, one big Napoleon, a few trutles, and Bommy reef
with countless lionfish, there would be nothing to see there. Locals killed
all the small fish around beaches and even snorkeling is only good around
Menemba atoll. Ras Nungwi is a very nice resort, but the food is repugnant,
even with all inclusive expensive package you'd rather go to Nungwi village
for a better food. Thank God I had my rental car, otherwise it's hard to
see the rest of the island, monkeys in Jozani forest and swimming with
dolphins in Kizimkazi, and most of all eat better than a bad food in Ras
Nungwi and Matemwe Beach hotels.One more thing, expect to get a dive test
from revolting dive operation in Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel, even if you dove
all over the world, and have more experience than their own dive guides, if
you haven't been diving for more than two months. If you are an experienced
diver, don't go to Zanzibar, and don't stay in Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel.  
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