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. Lauras Garden is the north section of this reef which sits at a depth of 8-10 meters.
Unfortunately, many of the reefs in Dar es Salaam have been badly damaged due to dynamite fishing, however, Lauras Garden is not as badly damaged as most others nearby.
Although there are very few resident fish over the size of 30 cm, due not just to dynamite fishing, but also just general over-fishing in the area, the coral and smaller fish life is remarkably good. Nudibranchs, crustaceans, starfish and colorful reef fish are fairly abundant. There are also numerous moray eels, the occasional ribbon eel and sometimes visiting green turtles.
Because of the sometimes benign conditions on the reef and the abundance of small marine life, this can be a very good spot for macro photography. It is also great for night dives (when weather conditions are suitable) and due to the shallow depth you can have a nice, long relaxing dive.