Swimming with Turtles in Zanzibar: An Adventure of a Lifetime!

Are you in Zanzibar or planning a trip to Zanzibar and looking for a place where you can swim with sea turtles? You are in the right place! 

Swimming with turtles in Zanzibar is one among unforgettable experiences that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Zanzibar is a home to a diverse range of marine life, including several species of sea turtles such as Hawksbill and Green turtles. 

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Here's all what you need to know about swimming with turtles in Zanzibar.

Where to Find Turtles in Zanzibar?

There are several locations in Zanzibar where you can spot the turtles, but when it comes to swimming with them, there is only one place called Baraka Natural Aquarium in Nungwi beach. One of the most popular spots for the turtles in Zanzibar. Here, visitors can feed and swim with the turtles in their sanctuary.

Other Turtles Locations

Another popular location is Mnarani Turtles Conservation Pond, which is close to Baraka aquarium. This is a non-profit organization which was established as a response to the declining numbers of the sea turtles.

Here you won’t swim with the turtles, instead you will feed them and have a short tour to learn about the biology and behavior of sea turtles, as well as the conservation efforts being made to protect them.

Other places you can rarely spot turtles while snorkeling are at Mnemba Island reefs, Chumbe Island reefs, Nungwi Beach, Kendwa and many other marine areas of Zanzibar Island.

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Swimming with Turtles in Zanzibar

Swimming with turtles in Zanzibar is a magical experience that allows you to get up close and personal with these gentle creatures. Turtles are known for their curious and playful nature, and they often approach swimmers to say hello.

If you are looking to book a tour today, please contact us and we will organize the tour including pick up from/ back to your Hotel.

You can check out our full day tour Mnemba Snorkeling, Nungwi & Kendwa Beach.

FAQ about swimming with turtles in Zanzibar

Where can I swim with turtles in Zanzibar?

You can swim with the turtles at Baraka Natural Aquarium in Nungwi beach, one of the best beach of Zanzibar Island.

What kind of turtles can I see in Zanzibar?

Two common species of sea turtles found in Zanzibar are the Hawksbill turtle and the Green turtles. If you are interested to see the Giant tortoises, then check out our Prison Island Tour.

Is it safe to swim with turtles?

Yes, it is safe to swim with turtles in Zanzibar as long as you follow the guidelines which you will be given at the Aquarium.

Is swimming with turtles in Zanzibar ethical?

As long as you follow the guidelines, yes it is ethical! Make sure to follow all guidelines provided.

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