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Dive Review of East Africa Dive Centre in
Africa/Zanzibar

East Africa Dive Centre, Jul, 2013,

by Johanna Knoch, VA, US ( 1 report). Report 7054.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Dove Mnemba Atoll with EADC in July 2013.

The company has at least two offices in Nungwi. The owners were friendly and congenial, I stopped by in the morning and was able to do the refresher that afternoon and dive the next day. The divemasters were professional and did a good job with going over the skills in a nearby hotel pool.

It was $100 for two tank dives (I think $60 for one and then discounted for the more dives you did) with an additional $20 or $30 for Mnemba Atoll fees. The refresher was $30 and they charged $20 for equipment rental. The equipment was fairly new and appeared to be in good shape, note that they seemed to only have full foot fins. They take credit cards, with a 5% surcharge, which was great since it is hard to have enough cash on hand for Zanzibar.

Show time for the dive was 9am. They have a dhow and a rhib, and I was on the rhib (not sure where the dhow went). We had five divers, three snorkelers, the captain, divemaster, and a snorkeler guide. The rhib is apparently much faster than the dhow and got to the Atoll in about 30 minutes. Note that there is no sunshade on the rhib. They had fruit and water on the boat for the divers and snorkelers between dives.

The dives were as a group and were dive master led. It was “full service.” When you got to the boat, the BCD was already set up with a tank, and when you got out of the water, they re-set it up for you. They even set up the weight belt for you, which seemed a bit much, but I don't know the experience level of the other divers. We never went below OW depth limits, and at least for this trip it seemed catered towards less experienced divers. We dove air, not sure if they have nitrox. Total time was about 5 hours, including to/from the Atoll, dives of about 50 minutes, and a surface interval of roughly an hour.

Mnemba Atoll itself was a bit of a disappointment. The coral was in parts bleached to non-existence and despite it being a conservation area, it is clearly overfished. There were no large fish, although good sized schools of smaller ones. There were tons of other boats, but I never saw a diver from another group in the water. I wouldn't go out of my way to dive Mnemba again, but I heard that some of the other local spots were better.
Websites East Africa Dive Centre   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 70-75°F / 21-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 15-20 Ft/ 5-6 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Buddies, depth limits, divemaster guided, group dive, time limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank at the dive center.
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