Freediving Pemba Island

Emerging: A Freediving Exploration

See what it's like to freedive off the coast of remote Pemba Island, in this creative and exciting underwater film. Renee illustrates her incredible exploration, freediving along Njou Gap's Trigger Wall, cro...
Giant Triggerfish

Attack Triggerfish

An unfriendly giant triggerfish during a scuba dive off the coast of Pemba Island. Photo was taken by Renee Blundon, seconds after the massive fish attacked a fellow diver, biting the diver's fin during asc...
Tanzania Free-Diving

Free-Diving at Njao Gap

Renee Blundon free-dives down to the Njao Gap reef of Pemba Island. The warm, crystal clear water is paradise for any diver. Photo by Alan Sutton....
Free-Diving Pemba

Free-Diving at Njao Gap

Renee Blundon free-dives through a shoal of bait fish at Pemba Island's Njao Gap. Njao Gap, located in the north of Pemba Island, is a truly beautiful example of what the ocean should be like without the ef...
Cleaner Shrimp

A “Deep” Cleaning

A video of dive instructor, Brad Crawford, getting a "deep" cleaning by cleaner shrimp in Njao Gap of Pemba Island. Brad approaches a cleaning station on a wall of reef approximately 20 meters deep, full of ...

Spotted Hawkfish Inside A Sponge

A spotted hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys aprinus) inside a barrel sponge off the coast of Pemba Island. As its name suggests, the spotted hawkfish is a predatory fish that  gets its name from its habit of sitting...

A Curious Boxfish

A curious boxfish (Ostracion meleagris) peers out from his coral enclave in Njao Gap, Pemba Island. Learn more at White Spotted Boxfish. ...
Mantis Shrimp

The Eyes of a Mantis Shrimp

The eyes of a mantis shrimp have a mid band area which can be clearly seen as a stripe across the middle of the eye, and as the eye twists and moves around, the angle of the midband area changes. Black dots can...
Stonefish

Some Stonefish!

This sure is some stonefish! Spotted off the coast of Pemba Island, 20 meters below in Fundu Gap, the brightly colored and intricately patterned fish (Synanceia verrucosa) was perched quietly on a ledge of ...

A “Deep” Cleaning

Dive instructor, Brad Crawford, from Swahili Divers, getting his teeth cleaned, 20 meters below by a cleaner shrimp. Photo taken at DF Milan Wall in the Fundu Gap of Pemba Island....
Roboastra luteolineata

Roboastra Luteolineata Nudibranch

Roboastra luteolineata is a sea slug known as a polycerid nudibranch, marine gastropod mollusc's in the family Polyceridae. The family Polyceridae is distinguished from other nudibranchs by having by having...
Scuba-Diving Pemba Island

Trigger Wall Cave

Renee Blundon scubadives through a cave full of fish at Ngou Gap's Trigger Wall of Pemba Island. Big thanks to Brad Crawford at Swahili Divers for helping with the footage....
Roboastra luteolineata

Pemba Nudibranch

A Roboastra luteolineata nudibranch, photographed on the Colonel Edgar's Ascent reef wall in Njao Gap, Pemba Island. Learn more about Roboastra luteolineata nudibranches here....

A Colorful Shrimp

A beautifully colored mantis shrimp, photographed in Njao Gap of Pemba Island. Note the shrimp's compound eyes, which are made up of tens of thousands of ommatidia. Learn more about the eyes of a mantis shr...
Pemba Island Airport

Arriving on Pemba

Landing on Pemba Island feels as though we’ve been catapulted backward in time. Apart from the occasional new model vehicle, it could easily be the 1960's. Retro architecture juxtaposes the Arabic mosques a...
Free-Diving Pemba

Free-Diving at Njao Gap

Renee Blundon free-dives to a 17 meter (55 feet) deep coral wall drop-off at Njao Gap, Pemba Island....