North Pemba Island – Zanzibar – East Africa







Pemba Island is Known as “The Evergreen Island” because of its lush vegetation and rolling countryside. Pemba is also famous for its immense and dramatic blue water drop offs along with pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life of all shapes and sizes.

Pemba has the most spectacularly healthy reefs in East Africa, and has one of the top prolific reef systems in the world.

The walls and reef slopes are covered with coral.  The enormous, healthy bommies and sea fans are surrounded by reef fish. You will see schools of chevron barracuda, yellow fin tuna, jacks and snappers. Giant groupers sit territorially on the reefs and most sites have a resident Maori wrasse.

The dive sites are stunning.  Ribbon eels, fire dartfish and leaf-fish can be found on many of the reefs. The nudibranchs are a specialty; you will see them on every dive, and often the famous 30cm Spanish dancer!

Swahili Divers spares no expense in order to maintain safety, standards, and comfort.

The Kervan Saray Beach is an adventurers’ lodge. The latest concept in Indian Ocean Island hospitality and underwater exploration, born from the dive company Swahili Divers, the Kervan Saray draws upon over a decade of experience of diving, anthropology and hospitality.  While this hotel is the newest in Pemba, it houses the most experienced and long standing recognized dive centre in Pemba.  What an awesome place to relax and recharge your batteries.  Non- divers are most welcome too; kayak, cycle, bird watch, walk in the forest, visit coastal Swahili villages or do nothing, if you so choose.

The rooms are spacious, the facilities are very simple. Electricity is provided in the evenings and the water is bush solar heated. The costs of living and operation are high in Pemba, so a hotel of a similar price in Zanzibar would have more amenities.  There are only 12 rooms, so you will receive  personalized attention.

For those looking for spa type treatment, or doting care, Kervan Saray is not that place; this is more for adventurous type individuals looking for a small, more rustic taste of Africa.

You may like to finish your dive trip with a five day photo safari in the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater! 

Take care and happy diving!


About thescubalady

Leslie made her first ocean dive in the Cayman Islands,1982. She is passionate about sharing this beautiful underwater world with others!
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