Snorkeling sites in Mafia

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MANGE REEF

In the shallows surrounding the Mange atoll are some of the most beautiful stands of branching staghorn corals, best appreciated by snorkelling. Large expanses of shallow coral and sand patches with brilliant illumination for superb snorkelling and photography. On the western side the reef falls away to a fabulous sloping wall dive.

KITUTIA

Snorkelling just off the main sand cay and in the channel facing Jibondo Island. A wonderful day trip for all with a picnic on the sand islands at low tide.

JIBONDO PASS

A shallow reef in the channel north of Jibondo Island with many scattered bommies in sand. There can be strong tidal movements but this is an ideal site to see many colourful parrotfish of all sizes.

CHOLE CHANNEL AND REEF

Just in front of Chole Island, facing Kinasi, is a shallow reef with many soft corals and seagrass, sloping to a maximum depth of 15 m. A fine site also for drift dive training. This area has a high diversity of bottom-living filter feeders due to the regular tidal movements. Soft corals, seapens, anemones and sponges carpet the seafloor in a diverse array of colours and forms. Interspersed are numerous small coral “bommies” with their own individual communities.

NORTH SIDE OF KINASI PASS

On the north-eastern side of the Pass, not far from Miewe and Jina Islands, there is a field of seagrass with scattered “bommies” and shelves or coral.