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

Ras Nungwi Beach Resort, Mar, 2006,

by Stanley Zuk, NY, USA . Report 2486 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Weather sunny,cloudy Seas calm,choppy
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments 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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