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There is nothing quite like swimming with fish and sea turtles, drifting over expansive coral reefs, and exploring the depths of the ocean. Although diving is not quite as accessible as snorkeling, there are plenty of options for you if you are interested. PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) offers lessons for first-timers at or in close proximity to a number of properties we use. Our favorites are Mnemba Island Lodge, Fundo Lagoon, and Breezes in Zanzibar; the Watamu and Malindi marine parks in Kenya; and and Quirimbas Archipelago and in Mozambique.

For more experienced divers, we recommend the Inhambane region of Mozambique. This stretch of ocean runs between Barra and Tofo and is world-renowned for its diverse marine life. Inhambane is home to some of the world’s most elusive and rare marine life, including two different species of manta ray, whale sharks, humpback whales, bottlenose and humpback dolphins, smalleye stingrays, leopard sharks, white tip and grey-reef sharks, devil rays, and ribbon tails. This is of course all in addition to smaller fish, sea creatures and beautiful reefs. For this area, we like Blue Footprints, an eco lodge. They also offer plenty of water-based activities for less experienced divers, like intro courses, snorkeling, and boat rides.

The Seychelles is also a world renowned diving destination with incredible marine life. Almost all properties on both Mahe and Praslin offer diving either through a company or their own PADI center. This includes day trips to pristine areas off of the smaller islands in the archipelago.

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