Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind.
Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consist of many small islands and two large ones: Ungula (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Ungula. Its historic centre is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site..
Dar es Salaam offer accessibility to local snorkeling spots. Mbudya Island is located a couple of miles from Kunduchi Beach and is completely uninhabited. There are three main decent snorkeling sites around the island that are now a part of the Mbudya Marine Reserve that encompasses Fungu Yasini Islands, Pangavini and Bongoyo. You can explore the Octopus Gardens at Mbudya east, the Coral Gardens on the west of Mbudya and the reefs to the north of the island. The use of flippers is discouraged when snorkeling here since they can suffocate the coral polyps with the sand that is unavoidably disturbed by snorkelers.
With just a 10 minute boat ride from Dar es Salaam, Mbudya and Bongoyo islands offer a beautiful sites for snorkeling. The water is a beautiful azure, and the way the water hits the island at different points is almost poetic.The sand is soft white and in many parts, has seashell debris.