Dar es Salaam is the largest city and the economic capital of Tanzania. Located in a quiet bay off the Indian Ocean coast, the city has grown in economic importance to become a prosperous centre of the entire East African region.
Seven kilometers north of the city, to Bongoyo Island Marine Reserve offers good snorkeling and diving sites for those who want to explore the water. The reserve boasts beautiful beaches, secluded islands, and many varieties of marine species. Although the variety and population of coral and fish species are not as numerous as other sites on Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia Island, the Bongoyo Island Marine Reserve is well worth a visit and is a great way to spend a day out and see the coast. Other beach grounds in Dar es Salaam are Coco beach, Jangwani beach, Kunduchi beach, South beach, and Msasani peninsula.