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Pemba's original & still the best

M/Y Kisiwani is a 67 ft steel expedition vessel. She is fully kitted out for exploratory dive trips.

The boat is owned and run by Pemba Diving, part of the exclusive Pemba Channel Lodge, which has been operating in the area for 30 years and can therefore offer the kind of logistical back up that can make or break a liveaboard trip in this part of the world. Her 3-strong local crew have been with the boat since her first Pemba trip, and their expertise is supplemented by that of an internationally experienced PADI Dive Master.

Accommodation, Food & Drink

The Kisiwani offers comfortable accommodation for 10 guests. 5 double cabins (one ensuite) all with real sprung mattresses.
2 other heads and showers.

There’s a large saloon with TV, DVD, video library, library, charging banks and camera table. and plenty of space for sunbathing and al fresco dining up on the top deck. Top-quality supplies come from the Kenyan mainland, with dishes such as soufflé, crème brulee, sushi, freshly baked bread and homemade granola emerging from the tiny galley day after day.

We must add a personal note here to say that the food is truly superb. What they manage to produce, with everything freshly cooked, in a relatively small galley is outstanding. The complimentary beers and wine are also well received. Relaxing in the hammock after dives and meal times ensures that this is one of the most laid back liveaboards we have ever encountered.


Pemba has quietly been preserving some of the best adventure diving in the Indo-Pacific region. To the island’s west is the crystal-clear, 600-metre-deep Pemba Channel, already a hot spot for big-game fishing. To the east is nothing but ocean, its currents bringing marine life straight in from the Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. This combination of deep water and nutrient-rich currents means the island is surrounded by spectacular drop-offs, densely populated with Indo-Pacific species.

Wall diving is the speciality here, and the coral supports an abundance of reef and coral fish. Out in the blue might be schooling tuna, barracuda, sailfish, marlin, giant trevally, hammerheads, tiger sharks or reef sharks. There’s no shortage of turtles and dolphins either, but Pemba is particularly well known for its manta rays. Whale sharks and whales – Southern right, minky and humpback – are not uncommon either. The night diving is also exceptional, with the phosphorescent Indian Ocean only adding to the magic.

Diving Equipment

2 x Bauer Capitano Compressor with cylinder filling manifold
Eleven 10 litre and eleven 12 litre aluminium cylinders with standard A-clamp or DIN fitting
Ten complete sets of US DIVERS Scuba Diving equipment

Technical Data

  • Length: 18 metres
  • Propulsion: Two Gardner 6LXB diesel engines producing 127 hp each. Range 2000 nautical miles
  • Electrical System: 220 Volts AC provided by one of two generators (Perkins 15kVA and Westerbeke 16kVA)
    Sea Recovery Desalinator producing 35 liters of desalinated water per hour, pressurized domestic water system.
  • Navigation & Communication: Lowrance LMS350A Depth Sounder and GPS, Kelvin Hughes Steering Compass
    Two VHF (Navico and Sailor) Marine Radios, Decca Radar8 metres, Celtrek Autopilot
  • Safety Equipment: Medical Oxygen Kit, Two x 8-man life rafts, EPIRB and flares, First Aid Kit, Sixteen lifejackets
    One 220VAC main bilge pump, Automatic fire extinguisher in engine room, Smoke Alarms in all passenger areas
  • Inflatable Dinghies:Avon 5.20m with Yamaha Enduro 40hp outboard engine & Avon 4.50m with Yamaha Enduro 25hp outboard engine

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