Maziwe Island is located in the Indian Ocean at a distance of about 15 seafaring miles East of Pangani town. This Island was declared as Marine Reserves in 1975 and it was formally the place for ritual performance. Currently it is managed in collaboration between Pangani District Council and the Resident community. This reserve is also part of the Fisheries Management Plan agreement with Communities that was implemented under the Tanga Coastal Conservation and Management Programme.
Maziwe Island is located in the Indian Ocean, about 10km (15 miles) east of Pangani town. This submerged island was at one time vast forests
Maziwe Island Reserve can be reached by using local boats from Pangani town. or by fast moving boats operated by beach hotel operators those are found at Mkoma area and Ushongo Village.
- Species of fish
In Maziwe Marine reserve you will find over 200 species of fish and 35 kinds of coral riffs which are found in the particular area.
Many types of birds of different species are also found in and around the Island Reserve.
- Vegetation cover
The main island vegetation species that were found by then were huge trees like Casuarina cunninghamiana (Mivinje Bahari), Cocos nucifera (coconut plantations) fruit trees and other shrubs.
- Under water adventures
The area is also ideal for underwater adventures and is among the best diving destinations along the Eastern African Coast with a wide variety of underwater marine life.
- Swimming and snorkeling
Maziwe Island remains an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling and diving in the deep sea.
Sunbathing and watching dazzling tropical fish is more impressive at this marine park.
Maziwe Island serves as a fishing camp to a number of fishermen from different areas.
The coastal has tropical climate and it contain about two main rain seasons but heavy rains occurs between mid March to May.
The temperatures average between 25°C to 30°C
Best time to visit
The Maziwe Island reserve is open and can be visited all round the year.
Tourist hotels that are found at Mkoma area include;
- Argovia tented lodge,
- Tingatinga and
At Ushongo, there are beach resorts like;
- Coco beach,
- Emayani and
- The tides resorts