Snorkelling in Coral Reefs – Snorkelling Adventure on East Coast of Zanzibar

Don’t leave Zanzibar without snorkelling – the turquoise blue waters invite any aqua-fanatics for some lovely exploration of tropical fishes and reefs! Mingle with tropical fish, there is abundance of tropical colorful little fish: parrot fish,Lion fish, Zebra fish, Triggerfish,Goat fish,Cornet fish, Eel, Squirrel fish,Surgeon fish, Blue seachub, Yellow Boxfish, Butterfly fish and many more.



snorkelling zanzibar with dhow lion fish

There are two different snorkelling trips that I can offer you while you are on the South East Coast, the local snorkelling or Blue Lagoon. The local snorkelling takes you with a local fisher boat out towards the reef just off the South East coast beaches of Zanzibar – sailing across the out-of-this-world-blue waters until you reach the reef where you can enjoy as much snorkelling as you want to, enjoying the sight of tropical fish, reef and star fish.

This area is pretty much as good as the famous spots of Mnemba and Chumbe Island, just without the premium price tag.

Snorkelling With Local Dhow on Zanzibar

snorkeling trip blue lagoon zanzibar

If you are on Zanzibar, choose Dhow to take you snorkelling, its fun. Although  you can choose a boat over dhow for Blue Lagoon snorkelling trip, I recommend you to be adventurous and experience authentic way of sailing while on Zanzibar.

This snorkelling trip is tide dependent, so always necessary to check for high and low tide (which can be up to 4m difference on the South East coast of Zanzibar). Not huge amounts of fish, but starfish and corals can be seen. Fisher boats can also be organised for a sunset cruise along the coast line.

Blue Lagoon Snorkelling With Motorboat

Dhow trip can take up to 5 people while motorboat up to 15 people. Snorkelling tour includes:

  • pick up in your hotel on East Coast (Jambiani, Paje, Bwejju). If you need to arrive from other parts of Zanzibar I can arrange a transport for you for friendly price, usually less than tourist standard rate that is charged by taxi drivers.
  • dhow rental
  • snorkelling equipment
  • water
  • fresh fruits


This snorkeling trip in Blue Lagoon is tide dependent, low tide is usually better for sight and with calm water which makes it better underwater visibility of corals and fish as well as for swimming itself. Trip can be combined with lunch or dinner at the famous  The Rock Restaurant.

Dont forget to pack for this tour:

  • your own towel,
  • swimming suit,
  • sun protection (cream and something to cover your head),
  • cameras and good mood!

Price includes pick up from anywhere on the South East coast, snorkelling equipment and fresh tropical fruits for lunch! 


Other Zanzibar Tours


    Meet Tamim  – Your Local Zanzibar Guide


I am Tamim a true Zanzibari, born and raised on Zanzibar. My home town is little vilalge Bwejju in the East Coast of the island. I will be happy to take you snoreklling in Blue Lagoon where I spent a lot of my time. I am also licensed driver so if you need a transport around Zanzibar or see more of the island, feel free to contact me.
I love showing travelers the island of Zanzibar, particularly the South East coast where there are many things to do and see, like snorkeling with a local fisher boat, sunsets in Michamwi, BBQ on the beach, sandbank picnic with dolphins, village tour with Swahili cooking… Come and meet me!