Scuba Diving

For the rich, there is therapy. For the rest of us, there is scuba diving!

Tube Anemone

Tube Anemone – Facts and Photographs

Tube Anemone's are not anemones per se and are somewhere in-between anemones and corals. They are in the sub class Ceriantharia and live inside long tubes which go into the substrate.  In Tanzanian waters t...

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A Two-Spot Wrasse Oxycheilinus bimaculatus also known as the Little Maori wrasse and Two-spot Maori wrasse. Taken on a  dive on Big T reef off Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at 12 meters. I saw the male in the ...

Fire Urchin

Astropyga radiata, the red urchin, fire urchin or false fire urchin spawning into the water. Taken on a night dive on Octopus top reef off Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at 14 meters. As the light hit the urchin i...
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Underwater City off Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY HANNAH JANE AND ALAN SUTTON While on a helicopter flight off the usual flight path to Mafia Island off the coast of Tanzania, the tide was low and I spotted an unusually shaped formation in t...
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Bongoyo Patches – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON  Bongoyo Patches Bongoyo patches is to the east of Bongoyo Island north of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The reef extends out in patches. It is relatively flat dropping off on t...
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Nudi City – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Nudi city is a scuba dive site in the channel between Mafia Island and Chole Island.  The name nudi city is a reference to the unusually large number of nudibranchs in the area...
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Powoni – Zanzibar, Tanzania

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. P...
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Moto Shipwreck – Bongoyo Island

Dar es Salaam has some has some fun snorkeling and free-diving day trips, one of the most popular is Bongoyo Island, to see the Moto Shipwreck. The island and wreck is easily accessed...
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Kankadya Patches – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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 t...

Diving on Mafia Island, Tanzania

Whale shark off Mafia Island  PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Mafia Island is situated  25 km from mainland Tanzania and is approximately 130 kilometers south east of Dar es Salaam. The island is 48 kilometer...
magnificent sea anemone, Heteractis magnifica

Magnificent Anemone – Facts and Photographs

The magnificent sea anemone, Heteractis magnifica is also known as the Ritteri anemone. Previously they were known as Radianthus ritteri but they have now been reclassified. APPEARANCE The magnificent sea...
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Kinasi Pass – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Kinasi Pass is an entrance channel into Chole Bay, just south of Jena Island. It is best dived on an incoming tide and the currents make for an interesting ride into Chole Bay....
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Mikadini Reef Middle – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Situated on the the south eastern side of Jena Island, Mikadini reef is best dived on an incoming tide which drifts one slowly over the reef. The reef is composed of a large nu...
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Mikadini Reef Outer – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Situated on the the south eastern side of Jena Island, Mikadini reef is best dived on an incoming tide which drifts one slowly over the reef. The reef is composed of a large nu...
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Dindini Caves – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON To the north of Dindini wall is an area of similar underwater topography , a shelf comes out from the coral cliffs at around eight meters and then drops off to a sandy bottom s...
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Laura’s Garden – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ERIC BEAUME To the southeast of Mbudya Island (located north of Dar es Salaam) lies Octopus Reef, which is approximately 1,000 meters in length and 250 meters in width. Laura's Ga...
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Dindini Wall – Mafia Island, Tanzania

Mafia Island has some spectacular diving, with the most popular dive sites at the southeast of the island in the protected Mafia Marine Park of Chole Bay. The park is famous for its pristine reefs...
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A Shoal of Glassies

A shoal of semi transparent glassies congregate around a coral outcrop, banding together for protection. Shoaling makes it difficult for predators to focus on a single fish, another one of natures tricks to...
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Fire Goby Poses for a Picture

A fire goby or fire dartfish, (Nemateleotris magnifica) displays its vibrant colors and fully erect dorsal fin for the photographer. Adult fire gobies are generally found on sandy patches alongside coral re...
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Camouflaged Crocodilefish

A crocodilefish (Papilloculiceps longiceps), also known as the tentacled flathead, lies across soft corals, waiting for prey to swim past. These fish are extremely well camouflaged...

Scuba Divers at the Blue Hole

Scuba divers dive along the abundant coral wall on the outskirts of the Dahab's Blue Hole in Egypt. Photo taken on breath-hold by Renee Blundon.  ...
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Scuba Divers at El Bells

Scuba divers dive the El Bells, in Dahab, Egypt. "The Bells" is a small crack in the reef-table that continues underwater like a chimney down to 28 meters. Diving inside...
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Giant Moray in Hiding

A giant moray eel, Gymnothorax javanicus, stares out from his cave in the coral reef off the coast of Dar es Salaam. These eels grow up to up to three meters, the head...

A Pair of Redband Lizardfish

A pair of redband lizardfish (Synodus variegatis) rest on the coral, ready to seize any passing morsel that will fit into their mouth....

Bomb at Bongoyo Patches

An unexploded home made bomb, photographed at the popular Dar es Salaam dive site, Bongoyo Patches, lays benign nestled among corals. Bombs such as these are made with a water bottle containing a mixture of...
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Hills of Dynamited Corals

Gigantic hills of lifeless, fragmented corals juxtapose patches of recovering reef off the remote coast of Sinda Island in Tanzania. Tanzania is home to an extensive network of coral reefs in which the biod...