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Pemba Scuba Diving

Dive Site: Kokota

Location: Kokota, Pemba, Tanzania

Description: Reef / night dive

Depth: 15 metres (50 feet)

Visibility: 10 metres (30 feet)

Rating: ***

Kokota Reef is an ideal spot for an out and back night dive, swimming away from the boat and back to it. It is a gently sloping shallow reef with a sandy floor covered with coral outcrops. The reef at night was very different to Pemba's reefs during the day with most of the fish hiding away in the coral, being replaced by active sea urchins crawling along the sand, hermit crabs and shrimps out feeding and a lot of feather stars on display. Looking in amongst the coral we could see parrotfish asleep and a pufferfish was surprised by our presence and dozily swam away. Something that stood out about this night dive compared to those I have done in the Red Sea was the absolute dark except for the moon and our torches - diving in Pemba you really are the only divers on the reef and there are not the many liveaboards illuminating the ocean floor.

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