The Mediterranean Sea comes with all the surrounding fantasies: happy faces, crowded beach parties and calm evenings. Behind these fantasies lies an incontestable fact: the blues and hues of the Mediterranean are unique and unbeatable. 

Nature lovers and swimming amateurs can find their next indelible diving experience in the Tunisian coast. An unconventional way to explore the country yet a really jaw-dropping one for those whose adrenaline is unrelenting. 

Wildyness team guides you through this scuba diving guide to help you choose your next underwater experience. 

 

 

What Different Types of Dives are there in Tunisia? 

 

 

Maybe diving is one of those activities that not everyone is for. But, leisure activities can attract people who want to try and experiment. More than this, there are a lot of nature enthusiasts who want to explore life through a new lens. 

 

scuba diving Tunisia

 

Whether for exploration or adventure, diving is an art. By referring to it as an art, it implies that while doing it, marine biodiversity should be respected. The help of professionals is necessary to do it safely and enjoy it without environmental risks or personal disappointment. 

There are mainly two types of diving. You should have a grasp on each of them before deciding which adventure you want to embark on. 

 

Scuba Diving

 

Scuba diving is a leisure activity accessible to everyone, adults and children alike. This aquatic sport involves the complete immersion of the body for a given period of time and at varying depths.

It is practiced with scuba diving tanks, in PMT or apnea.

 

Free Diving

 

Freediving is far from a simple leisure activity. It is a form of diving based on the voluntary interruption of ventilation. Without a scuba tank, this sport requires a strong concentration and preparation in order to hold your breath underwater.

This implies: you need to be physically and mentally ready for it. 

Unlike scuba diving, freediving can be practiced in competition and can be combined with other practices such as underwater hiking, underwater photography and underwater fishing.

 

The best Scuba Diving Spots in Tunisia

 

Those who are into scuba diving know that finding an appropriate site is not an easy task.  Tunisia has succeeded in building a good reputation around diving in its sea. Many outdoors activities are available and diving is one of them. This makes the experience all the more safe and enjoyable. As the coastline stretches 713 miles long, you can tell what you can do there. It’s the place to be if you want to enjoy traveling while doing your favorite activity: scuba diving. 

While some spots are very touristy and famous for diving, others remain relatively unknown and are absolutely worth a visit. 

 

Pigeon Island in Monastir

 

Monastir

Photo Credit: Riadh Larbi

The island of Ghedamsi, also called Pigeon Island, is an ideal diving spot. Within these clear and turquoise waters, you will be able to observe all the wonders of the sea bed and this characteristic site with barely any strain. 

 

Cap Africa in Mahdia

 

cap africa spot

 

Diving enthusiasts rejoice! Cap Africa is one of the most exceptional diving sites in Tunisia. A must-see, exploring this underwater natural treasure will be one of the most unforgettable highlights of your trip. Enjoy the diversity of its marine fauna and create unforgettable memories. 

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Haouaria, Cap Bon

 

haouaria diving spot tunisia

 

El Haouaria is an ideal site for a perfect scuba diving session. Here, the water depth does not exceed 6 meters, which makes it the perfect spot for beginners. 

During this dreamy and peaceful dive, discover underwater caves and a rare mosaic of marine fauna. Its incredible diversity and variations in color will leave you in awe.  

 

The Grouper Rocks in Tabarka

 

tabarka scenery for scuba diving lovers

 

Tabarka is on the southern shore of the Mediterranean, which gives it a unique and special character. This place on the coast is famous for its groupers, huge 45 to 50 kg fish that congregate near its rocks. 

Do not miss the opportunity to feed these massive fish with sardines bought early in the morning in the Tabarka port.

 

The Underwater World of Djerba

 

djerba under water

 

When people mention the best spots to scuba dive in Tunisia, they inevitably mention Djerba. It's wonderful diversity in its sea bed will make for a unique and unforgettable experience. 

With a little luck, you will be able to see turtles as well as dolphins. A rare and impressive sight !

 

The Ideal Scuba Diving Season 

 

So you want to go scuba diving, but you don't know when? This is an inevitable question while preparing for any holiday, but especially for diving. 

Weather-wise, sunny weather and pleasant temperatures are always the most enjoyable. Especially for beginners, summer will always be your go-to season. (June - September)

However, you can absolutely go diving in winter. All you need is the right equipment and a wetsuit. Depending on your experience and expectations, you can truly practice scuba diving in any season. 

 

What Equipment Do You Need for a Safe Dive?

 

To discover the ocean’s beauty in the best conditions, it is essential to have quality equipment. 

 

scuba diving equipment

 

Basic Diving Equipment 

 

In order to have a pleasant experience, it is important to have good gear and up-to-date scuba diving equipment. Purchasing all the gear will cost you about 800 DT. However, you can also rent diving equipment in clubs and nautical schools. 

Here are the equipment essentials for scuba diving. 

 

Fins-Mask-Snorkel Kit 

 

The Fins-Mask-Snorkel kit contains three scuba diving essentials. The mask to see the aquatic fauna clearly, the snorkel to breathe and the fins to swim more efficiently.

 

Diving Suit/ Wetsuit

 

The wetsuit is an isotherm garment that allows you to protect yourself from the cold. Due to the heat exchange between seawater and skin, the type of wetsuit needed varies depending on the water temperature, the duration of the dive and its depth.

 

Stabilization Vest 

 

The stabilization vest allows you to maintain your buoyancy in the open water, adjusting the buoyancy of the diver and allowing you to support the oxygen tank attached to your back.

 

Diving Bottle

 

The scuba tank is an essential part of scuba diving. This equipment contains a mixture of compressed gases to ensure proper breathing underwater.

 

Equipments designed to improve your comfort

 

In addition to this basic equipment, there are a few pieces of equipment designed to make your dive more comfortable and enjoyable. All this gear is not particularly expensive, about 200 DT, but is extremely useful.

 

Diving Light 

 

A diving light is necessary for night and day diving. Yes, a simple flashlight can be useful. Keep in mind that beyond a depth of 9 meters, everything looks gray, even during the day !

 

Diving Compass

 

A good analog compass allows you to find your way around in the water. It enables you to note your position quickly and accurately and have a safe dive.

 

Surface Signalling Equipment

 

Surface signaling equipment, such as marker buoys and horns, are really useful in scuba diving. It will help you to be seen and heard if help is needed.

 

Where Can You Learn to Scuba Dive in Tunisia? 

 

Scuba diving is truly a way of life. Fortunately, there are lots of clubs and professional schools to learn this art from. While diving is a recreational sport, safety precautions must be taken for an enjoyable experience, and learning with professionals first is absolutely essential for a safe practice. 

scuba diving learning

Photo Credit: Ahed Photography

 

You will find below a short selection of nautical clubs all over Tunisia to guarantee you a safe adventure. 

We recommend the diving and leisure center in Monastir, the diving center Ras-Addar in Haouaria, the nautical club in Tabarka and the Blue Dolphin center in Djerba. The approximate price of 40 to 60 dt will guarantee you the best dive of your life. 

For our digital community, visit Cap Africa in Tabarka and the Diving center in Tabarka’s websites. They both offer safe and professional scuba diving.

 

Experience the Magic of Diving

 

For hunters, photographers, snorkelers, and divers, the Mediterranean, and particularly Tunisia, is a wonderful playground. For those who know to listen and observe, its beauty is everywhere and will transport you to a dreamland like no other.  

 

Scuba diving will open you to a whole new world, filled with underwater encounters, rich marine fauna and an amazing diversity. We hope that this scuba diving guide will prepare you for this next adventure and convince you that Tunisia is even more beautiful underwater. Immerse yourself in this wonderful and unforgettable experience !