Pemba Island, Tanzania

Pemba Island, Tanzania - SubmergeOctober 15 & November 1

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Location: 5° 14′ 32″ S. 39° 48′ 7″ E. 

How to get there: There are many airlines arriving to Dar Salaam International Airport. From there you fly in a small carrier to Chake Chake, the island airport. This carrier usually stops in Zanzibar and then continues to Pemba. There are frequent flights between Nairobi and Mombasa to Zanzibar. ZanAir and Coastal Air are the two airlines that service local connections to Pemba. Download flight schedule (pdf).We can make the tickets reservation for you if need it

Immigration: Most part of the nationalities has to pay a US $50 visa on arrival. American citizens sometimes are charged up to US $100. Don’t get pissed, it won’t help. The visa is usually valid for three months. Check the last updates on visas. Expect some lines in the airport and don’t plan any time tight flight connection.

Arrival-departure: We will greet you at the Chake Chake airport to transport you the 50 minute ride to your hotel in the North tip of the island. You need to arrive at least one day in advance of the course start date. Transportation from the airport to your hotel is included.

Important safety rule: Departure should be at least 24 hours after your last dive to reduce the risk of decompression sickness.

What to bring: Remember to bring all the completed student forms and your dive certification (if you have any). Bring your notebook if you want to work on editing after class. Hot weather clothes, sunglasses, swim suit and flip flops will be your uniform for this week. Some toiletries and other items can be purchased in the area, but the island is quite remote, so write down a list with your personal items, and check as you pack. Find simple things as duck tape in this region of the world can be quite challenging.

Money:  There are no ATMs in Pemba Island, but the resort accepts credit cards. However, most business charge credit cards payments with 5 to 10% fee. You can get decent exchange rates at Dar Salaam International Airport.

Accommodation: There are not many choices. Prices are higher than other places in Africa just because the area is quite remote and logistics are difficult.

Mid range:

www.themantaresort.com

High End:

www.fundulagoon.com

Pricing Detail: An extra Euro $500 charge applies over the standard rates to this location, because of insurance cost and remote access issues. Check on Programs/Tuition

Itinerary: Please, download the next file to see our workshop itinerary

Workshop Itinerary

Dive Sites: Download the next file to see all the info regarding the sites.

Pemba Island Dive Sites Information

African Guide: It is possible for you to combine you workshop with great safaris in the most amazing wild game parks in the world. If you need help, we can recommend some travel specialists that can set up the plan for you, or give you advice if you are planning to travel on your own.