Powoni – Zanzibar, Tanzania

A juvenile Adorned wrasse ( Halichoeres cosmetus) at Powoni near Paje in Zanzibar

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON

Zanzibar has great diving and is world famous for its pristine clear waters. There are numerous dive sites on the island and one of the lesser known gems of Zanzibar is Paje. Paje is situated in the south east of Zanzibar and it has a fringing reef that runs along the coast, which with the lagoon to the south makes for a large body of protected water and the area has become a mecca for kite boarding with its cross shore winds. There are dive sites within the reef and outside the reef.

A skunk clown Amphiprion Akallopisos in a magnificent anemone Heteractis magnificae at Powoni near Paje in Zanzibar

POWONI

Powoni dive site is a short boat trip from Paje out through the gap in the fringing reef, the boat is a well designed, dedicated diving boat and is easy to exit and enter and the staff are extremely competent and know what they are doing. Once in the water, the reef drops off to 24 meters and the corals, both hard and soft are in excellent condition and there are large varieties of both types.

There are anemones of many different species along with associated clownfish and the small fish life is very good. There are numerous species of wrasse, damsels, butteflyfish, hawkfish,lizzard fish  as well as colorful shoals of curious fusiliers and the odd rock cod around. Green turtles are sited regularly in this area.

A magnificent anemone heteractis magnificae at Powoni near Paje in Zanzibar

The large fish life is there but the area is obviously fished quite heavily as there are few of the larger species and those that are there are either juveniles or small. Never the less Powoni is a very worthwhile dive site and the sheer variety of life in many different forms makes this a dive spot to go back to. From a photographic point of view it is great.

A leathery anemone Heteractis crispa at Powoni near Paje in Zanzibar

LOCATION

PHOTOS OF POWONI
MARINE LIFE AT POWONI
DIVE INFO

Access: By Boat
Dive Operator(s): Buccaneer Diving
Difficulty: Advanced divers only
Average Depth: 18 meters
Max Depth: 24 meters
Currents: Strong ( > 2 knots)
Visibility: Okay ( 10-15)

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

Powoni - Zanzibar, Tanzania
An exciting dive riding the currents into Chole Bay, lots of large fish and great coral life make this an experience not to be missed
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Unspoiled by Man
Positives
  • Very safe dive
  • Abundant with corals and marine life
  • Macro life is good
Negatives
  • Winds can cause swells and low visibility
  • Full spring tides create greater water flow which drops visibility
  • Due to distance bumpy boat ride is possible if swell is up
3.6Overall Score
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