Kankadya Patches – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Longfin Bannerfish at Kankadya patches

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON

Kankadya Patches

Kankadya Patches is named after Ras Kankadya the headland that forms the southern part of Msasani bay and lies 4.2 kilometers to the east of the northern tip of the headland on a heading of 82 degrees.

Kankadya patches is an upwelling on the sea floor and is approximately 1 kilometer from top to bottom (north to south) and 1.4 kilometers in width (west to east). The north eastern side of the patches has a small drop off. The outer section of the patch is around 20 meters and in the center it comes up to 9 meters.

Red Barred Rock Cod at Kankadya patches

Kankadya patches is composed of a large number of small coral bommies mostly no more than a meter in height and interspersed with coral rubble and sand and a large number of barrel sponges. The growth is more dense towards the north east drop off side. There are a large variety of smaller reef fishes and both hard and soft corals. In the rubble areas mushroom corals are found and various species of anemone are scattered around the reef.

View of Kankadya patches

Kankadya patches being slightly further off shore than most Dar es Salaam dive sites sometimes has reasonable visibility when the other closer in sites have low visibility. It is also good for night dives as the macro life is good and one can see a large variety of night life such as sponge crabs, coral shrimp, eels and other small fishes. The reef is sometimes visited by pelagic fish and if one is lucky these can be seen hanging off the edges.

Moray eel at Kankadya patches Dar es Salaam Diving Tanzania

LOCATION

PHOTOS OF KANKADYA PATCHES
MARINE LIFE AT KANKADYA PATCHES
DIVE INFO

Access: By Boat
Dive Operator(s): Seabreeze Marine
Difficulty: All Divers
Average Depth: 18 meters
Max Depth: 20 meters
Currents: Generally weak

Visibility: Mainly low ( 5-8)

EQUIPMENT USED

Canon 7D

Ikelite 7D Housing

Twin Ikelite DS 161 Strobes

Flat Ikelite Lens Port

Ikelite Dual Synch Cord 

Ikelite 5.1 inch Port body

DIVE REVIEW

Kankadya Patches - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
An easy dive because of the generally safe conditions and being further out the visibility is often better than closer in.
Reef Abundance
Reef Diversity
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Unspoiled by Man
Positives
  • Very safe dive
  • Small marine life is good
  • Macro life is good
Negatives
  • The area is over fished
  • Quite far out if conditions are rough
  • Due to distance bumpy boat ride is possible if swell is up
2.1Overall Score
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