Scuba diving (PADI or NAUI)
We have recently taken delivery of equipment and compressors to begin our diving experience, with our ‘new’ and un-dived waters, just begging for exploration! We will be operational by April and very much look forward to this new venture. Please email us for any information needed.
In conjunction with Pili Pipa diving of Diani and Shimoni, Kenya we are honoured to join hands with their operation. We look forward to long and healthy relationship with these vastly experienced dive operators.
FREE EQUIPMENT HIRE: Please let us know sizes required when booking. Qualified divers should bring certification and log book
Two dives will be done in the morning, giving you a chance to enjoy a sumptuous late lunch.
INTRODUCTORY DIVES are offered for those who have never tried diving before. You will have the chance to do a dive with an instructor to a maximum depth of 8 metres after receiving a detailed briefing. This will give you the opportunity to see just how easy, safe and enjoyable diving can be for everyone!
Spectacular diving is offered for all levels of divers. Beginners will enjoy the supervision of an experienced PADI dive instructor and will be astonished by the wealth and diversity of marine life.
Our water temperatures vary from 24-26 degrees Celsius July- Sept and 26-30 degrees Celsius Oct-Apr.
What makes our area so interesting is the sheer variety of marine life, each diving site having its specialities. There are deeper dives are for larger predatory fish and shallower ones for an abundance of hard and soft corals and large, diverse selection of fish species. Other dives are special for macro photography, well camouflaged creatures and the weird and wonderful!
Camps International have decided to use Fish Eagle Point as their “Dive location” in Tanzania to send their students, GAP folk and families to for their beach site and diving courses. We have around 200 people booked in for PADI courses during these two months. The first 27 divers have qualified and the next groups are about to begin.
Exploratory dives 2013/14
Although not yet set up for scuba – we have (August 2013 and again in April 2014), conducted several exploratory dives within a couple of kilometres of FEP and found some wonderful reefs mostly within the 10-20m range. These dives were in close proximity of FEP, though we fully intend to go out further to the outer reefs (7-10km offshore) and explore them, where no doubt the diving will be even better and in clearer water, right up against the continental shelf and the Pemba channel, where we hope to find some spectacular dives.
Report extracts as follows:
(Closest to FEP about 300m) This reef has sandy slopes with coral and fish at around 10-12m… Visibility was around 5-10m underwater and the current flowed across the reef… Makes it a very easy dive for novice divers… Lovely gorgonian fans, lots of reef fishes wide variety of corals, large tiger cowries, nudibranchs, flatworms, huge cucumber slugs etc.
Coral reef at 12-15m with sandy slopes below bottoming out around 18m. Many varieties of coral and reef fishes… great 2nd dive where the divers want to relax and just drift along the reef with the easy current.
High tide dive, as only several metres off shore. The top of the reef (5-12m) is alive with fish/corals etc… Again a drift dive with little current, and virtually no surge affect, ending your dive on 5m coral reef – spectacular with tubular, large plate corals and then stag horn at around 5-8 metres. Fish life on this section of the reef was unbelievable; saw painted spiny lobster, lots of lion-fish, surgeons, tangs, parrot fish and general reef fishes. Anemones and dominoes/clownfish and other little fish living within the anemones. This is an easy dive to do on the high tide and can imagine it to be spectacular on the low tide especially for snorkelers… Nice coral heads, small overhangs and crevices to see smaller fish. Very colourful dive and fish are not darting away when approached. Easy a dive for underwater photographers and novices.
Barrel sponge reef
(A shoal 1,5 km due E of FEP, with water surrounding at 40-50m coming up to approx 10m below the surface) This reef, definitely the most exciting… gradual slope down to 30m and beyond, for a deeper dive… swim along the gentle slope to the top and end of the dive around the 10m area amongst the tubular sponges and whip corals. Visibility excellent. It looked like a garden that was tended with some barrel sponges easily 1.5m in height and larger than 50 cm at their openings. Whip corals over 2m swaying in the current. Soft corals covered the bottom… Prolific amount of anemones, clown fish and also general reef fishes, flatworms, nudibranchs and starfishes to be found on this reef. This reef structure is obviously stretched out along the coast, am sure there will be many more gorgeous sites.
Whip coral reef
An extension of ‘Barrel sponge reef’ (approx 300m away)… another spectacular, very easy reef to dive… visibility on this reef I would assume to be good at all times, whether low or high tide, further off shore and not as affected by the tide. Visibility on our dive -top to bottom, anything between 15-20m. Whip corals – a variety of colours, with fan corals in between and sponges (not as much as on barrel sponge reef), but more fish life on this part of the reef. Large clam shells, good corals and also not too much damage on the reef. Open dive, one can see and an easy dive to anchor the boat and get divers to go down, explore and return to the anchor to return up the anchor rope to the boat. Current not bad and easy to explore the top of the reef. Lots of small things to investigate and another photographers dream dive.