Diving Holidays in Zanzibar

Buccaneer Diving Zanzibar is located in Paje on the wonderful South East coast of Zanzibar Island. Away from the overcrowded beaches of Kiwengwa, Nungwi, and Kendwa, Paje is renown for its stunning beaches, unspoilt village life, small sized guesthouses and lodges. The stretch reaching from kizimkazi (south point of island, famous for dolphin spotting) through jambiani, paje, bwejuu, dongweto michamvi (which is situated on the eastern tip of chwaka bay), is often refered to as the secret coast of zanzibar, where the real identity of the island is still preserved and untouched from mass tourism.

Nonetheless Paje and the neighbouring area offers a variety of bars, evening hangouts, restaurants and regular nightlife.

The diving around Paje is pristine with some of the finest corals to be found in East Africa. The protected natural lagoon which is only ten minutes boat ride from the Buccaneer Diving base at the Arabian Nights hotel is a great choice for all levels of divers and accompagning snorkellers and it also means that we can offer a number of good safe and protected dives in the rougher monsoon and in general for beginners. The lagoon also is an ideal spot for nightdives.

In addition we have a number of sites on the outer reef within a 25-minute fast boat ride of our base offering a wide variety of topography ranging from walls, gentle slopes to caves and exciting marine life, some also suitable for beginners and some of which accessible only to more expert divers ...and we are always looking for more!

We also offer dives and snorkeling from our sister operation at the Swahili Beach Hotel in Kizimkazi in the South of the island. Kizimkazi is renowned for its dolphins and idyllic sand banks and a days diving followed by a seafood lunch is a must.

In addition to our special kizimkazi trip, we also organise a day trip to the atoll of mnemba, located in a marine park that is a great location both diving and snorkelling. Watch out for other seasonal special trips.

Some Common Marine Life

Some of the fish you can expect to see at all sites are varieties of wrasse, angelfish, lionfish, scorpion fish, nudibranches, leaf fish, stingrays, sea cucumbers, snake eels, trumpet fish, moray eels, groupers, jackfish and more.

In our gardens and walls outside the reef we also find bigger fish like king fish, yellow fin tuna, baracudas, reef sharks, turtles, napoleon fish, from time to time dolphins and in season humpback whales.


We run two boats that go for daily double dives that we run tide dependant, and additional single and night dives are organised when the conditions allow.

Both boats (one fiberglass speedboat and one wooden dhow) are equipped with 2 motors and all security requirements such as oxygen, radio, first aid kit, gps etc are on board.

Top Training Facility

Our newly built centre offers a top training facility with training pool, wifi internet, air conditioned classroom and multimedia classroom.

Our instructors teach in 6 languages, and buccaneer being the padi distributor and only 5 star idc centre running regular instructor exams in east africa, we are always on the edge of present training standards and methodology.


All are guides are professionals (dm or above) and first aid trained, and all dives are accompanied by a guide with surface marker buoy.


We use mares, oceanic and scubapro equipment which is regularly serviced by our certified technicians. Our 2 bauer compressors get regularly serviced and filters are exchanged every 10 hours. We have 50 steel and aluminium 8 – 12 l tanks with various fittings.