Located in southern Tanzania, on the Mozambique border, is home to important populations of whales, dolphins, four species of turtle and numerous birds. The park is a multi-purpose marine protected area with globally significant marine biodiversity values and it covers a total land and sea area of 650 sqkm with 20,000 inhabitants.
The area is recognised as being internationally important for its biodiversity, with mangroves, sea grass beds and coral reefs. There are 12 villages in the area and it is hoped that visitors to the marine park will help the local economy of this area, one of the poorest and least developed in Tanzania.
The large area of the Marine Park ensures that the ten villages and five sub-villages that have traditionally depended on the marine resources of the Park are comfortably included within the Park.
Some of the best diving in Tanzania is found within the Marine Park and includes spectacular outer reef drop offs, extensive spur and groove formations, channel and patch reefs. Over 400 species of fish have been identified and more species of coral (over 258) than anywhere else on the East African Coast. The inter-tidal reef flats filled with life and the pristine white sands of Ruvula Beach complete this tropical paradise.
Dive safaris are available on a single day’s dive or camping trips on Ruvula Beach’s beautiful beach. With sufficient notice, tailor made Safaris can be arranged to meet individual requirements.
Visitors can also enjoy guided tours offered by numerous tour companies, whose boats are fitted with state of the art equipment to ensure a memorable and fulfilling experience. Companies operating in the marine park also offer diving lessons both within the park and at the nearby Mikindani Bay.