Our Organization

Our History

After so many years we came back to Africa, from Kenya to this wonderful island called Zanzibar, a very beautiful place, rich in history, full of glamour, a still uncontaminated nature and surrounded by one of the most beautiful coralline barriers in the world.
Here You will find Walter and Antonella, in a fishing village in south-eastern area of the island, a wonderful place far from mass-tourism, a little paradise where people is always friendly and smiling.
Walter and Antonella wait for You straight at the wonderful Jambiani beach with their Diving center, the Nakupenda Diving Center, and with them You can carry out organized tours on the coralline barrier in order to find out the wonderful sounding-depth.

From “Africa’s sickness” You don’t recover!

Nakupenda Diving Center’s staff


staff-nakupenda-diving-zanzibar-walterI am a diving since 1976 and my passion is underwater photography. By means of my loyal Nikonos 3 I enjoyed with dipping in various seas of the world.
Since 1987, when I became a PADI instructor, I created and managed Rome’s Moana Diving Club, and I carried out either didactics or pleasant activity in many sport centers. I found also two more Diving centers: one in Toscana (Argentario) and another in Kenya (Malindi).
I am a PADI instructor, Master Scuba Diver, deep specialty, enriched air, underwater navigator, night, wreck, underwater photographer, search & recovery, and IDEA instructor with Divemedic specialty.
Gas Blender PTA certificated and “First aid and maintenance” Coltri compressors.
During last year I approached technical diving and carried out also “trimix” diving activity.
Today I am in Zanzibar in order to live this new and fascinating adventure.


Foto di Antonella StaffSee is my life and it is there, on a beach of Rome’s coast, that I met Walter. With him I experienced diving for the first time and discovered this wonderful world that mother nature gave to us. In 1989 began my adventure… and I like to call it “the journey”.
My first diving patent was O.W.D. travelling round the world in order to discover new see sounding-depths: Thailand, Red See, Kenya, Croatia, Costa Rica, Spain and so on. I pursued my education as Dive Master, up to the patent of Assistant Instructor. Together with Walter we built up our beloved diving center, our “button-hole flower”, Moana Diving Club. Here, moreover than as assistant instructor, I played also a role of responsible in tourist affairs regarding groups’ organization in Italy and abroad. Under the spell of Africa we opened a Diving Center in Malindi and, among elephants and barracuda, started here with this new wonderful life experience, rich of impressive sounding-depths. Few years later we opened another Diving Center in Porto Ercole (Toscana) and now, very happy and heartedly, we come back to Africa with a new Diving Center in Zanzibar, the Nakupenda Diving Center.

Captain Hassan

Hassan Captain My name is Hassan. I was born here in Jambiani and since I was a little child I began loving sea. My father, an experienced fisher, always took me with him even beyond the coralline barrier. Thanks to him I learned sailing. During many years in my experience by working in hotel trade I took the tourists to know this wonderful sea, up to date… Hassan Captain from Nakupenda Diving Center.

Divemaster Yuma

Divemaster YumaMy name is Juma and I live for sea. I was born in Jambiani and I know the sounding-depths of all over the island. Since I was I little child I loved and respected the sea so much as this passion became a professional duty. I began my diving career studying and working by many Diving Centers in Zanzibar and today I am here, helping Walter and Antonella in Nakupenda Diving Center.


AliMy name is Ali and I love sea so much that for me boats have no secrets. My favorite activity is woodwork and I carry out little boat models. Now I am one of the crew members of Nakupenda Diving Center.