Freediving in Zanzibar


Extreme Blue water Freediving is born by the cooperation of Freedive International and Extreme Blue Water Spearfishing, the leading spearfishing company specialized in ethical spearfishing charters, based in Zanzibar but operating also in Tanzania, Mozambique and Kenya. Freedive International teaches freediving since 2003 and certified thousands of freedivers and freediving instructors.


Together we run a freediving-spearfshing center which is located right on the beach and we have 2 boats available to reach all the freediving spots. We can reach 25 meters depth just 300 meters from shore, and at a 10-15 minutes drive we get up to 100 meters depth. Freediving in Zanzibar can be a very rewarding experience, especially if you are into marine life and recreational freediving: Zanzibar’s waters are full of dolphins, and we can see swimming pods almost every time we take out our boat. We arrange dolphin trips to the south of the island, where seeing dolphins is practically guaranteed any given day as they are more tamed and usually they don’t swim away when we jump in the water.

Our instructor is Nico. He grew up in South Africa, where his love for the ocean started. In 2011 he went to Koh Tao to do start his his scuba diving career, but soon after he was certified as a scuba instructor he found our freediving center, Blue Immersion, and decided to treat himself with a freediving course. This is when all his plans changed. He became a freediving instructor in 2012 and has been working with Freedive International since 2013. During this time he got extensive experience in teaching all freediving course levels and he also managed the school for some time and in 2015 he became a freediving instructor trainer. He is a patient and not a goal-oriented teacher, focusing mainly on the individual needs of each of his students more than the numbers achieved. He is now running our freediving center in Zanzibar and you can be sure you will be well taken care of!


Zanzibar is an island situated in the Indian Ocean and it’s adjacent to Tanzania, on the east coast of Africa. The island is about 85 kilometres long and 39 kilometres wide and it is separated from the Tanzanian mainland by a channel, which at its narrowest point is 36.5 km. Zanzibar is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, which are rich in marine biodiversity. The capital is Zanzibar City where the airport is, and its historic centre, Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site and a great day to spend a day sightseeing and buying handicrafts in the lovely bazaars scattered all over Stone Town. Zanzibar’s main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. In particular, the island produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, together with Tanzania’s Mafia Island, they are sometimes called the Spice Islands.