Here the Southern Equatorial Current meets the African coast bringing a wealth of marine life from across the Indian Ocean. This unique phenomenon means the area is now recognized as the center of biological diversity for the East African Coast and in June 2000 Mnazi Bay and the Ruvuma mangrove delta to the south was declared Tanzania’s newest national marine park.
With over 10 years of local knowledge, M15469 is managed by marine biologist Dr Martin Guard who has worked in and researched in the region since 1995 and is a PADI dive instructor with over 15 years dive experience. The center offers a full range of dive activities and has a reputation for quality training. It is equipped with a Yamaha W27F boat, with twin 75hp engines and has a full range of diving equipment for hire.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
M15469 has been operating for eight years and is the only dive centre in southern Tanzania. The dive centre grew out of the owners' desire to support local marine conservation efforts while also providing job opportunities to the local community.
2. What is your company's mission?
To provide eco-aware diving that introduces divers to the diversity of the region's seas and develops awareness of conservation needs and concerns.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Diving and dive training, including courses in marine life identification and awareness.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
M15469 is directed by marine biologist Dr Martin Guard who has carried out research in the region since 1995. Martin conducted PhD research on the artisanal octopus fisheries of Tanzania.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
A range of diving packages known as M15469 breaks that combine the region's diving with Mikindani's best hotels.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
M15469 gave us a truly personal service taking us to stunning unspoilt dive sites and introducing us to the amazing underwater wildlife of the region.