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Dive Review of Matembezi.co.tz/Jambo in
Africa/Pemba Island

Matembezi.co.tz/Jambo, Mar, 2008,

by Peter Van Kampen, WI, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 4080.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean, Australia,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Great Divemaster,passive but keeping an eye on everything.His name is Banda. officabanda@yahoo.com
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 www.matembezi.co.tz and Dorobo safari at www.marilynmason.com/dorobo.html Absolutly a fantastic trip,well planned and executed by our tour operators,and Tanzanians - a wonderful gentle people. Tanzania is a the must visit place in Africa.
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