- Scuba diving (all year)
- Snorkeling (all year)
- Searching for whales and whale sharks (on a snorkeling/diving tour)
- Sunset cruise
- Cultural island walk
- Visit the Kua Ruins
- Island excursions
It’s like Zanzibar a few decades ago, still pure and untouched. Almost half of Mafia’s coastline is part of a nature park, full of coral reefs, mangrove forests and lagoons.
Mafia Island is a perfect escape from the fast pace and busy daily life. This island is still pure and untouched, which means there are no tarmac roads and only a few tourists. It’s like Zanzibar a few decades ago. The atmosphere is peaceful and the islanders are very friendly.
Mafia is part of the Zanzibar Archipelago and is surrounded by some of the richest coral reefs in the world. Almost half of Mafia’s coastline is part of the Mafia Island Marine Park, a park full of coral reefs, mangrove forests, and lagoons. This is the largest protected area in the Indian Ocean. The barrier reef is a dream to divers and snorkelers. It has 50 different corals and more than 460 species of fish! Mafia’s incredible and pure dive spots have remained a well-kept secret. Mangrove forests surround most of the island, therefore the deserted beaches are not as wide as the ones in Zanzibar, yet still beautiful. The dazzling marine life is the main feature of the island. This is the place to spot humpback whales, turtles, and the biggest fish on earth – the whale shark. Thus, Mafia Island is a unique place for travelers and honeymooners to unwind after their Tanzania Safari.
This is how you stay!
In Mafia Island, just like in Zanzibar and Pemba, there are several accommodations to choose from. For your convenience, we offer you our personal favorite lodges within our three categories. For Silver, this is the Mafia Kivulini Lodge. A beautiful and rustic lodge at an affordable rate, offering all the amenities any dream beach vacation would need. The lodge boasts clean and tasteful decorated rooms with verandas, overlooking a beautiful garden with palm- and coconut trees.
For Gold and for Platinum, we recommend Pole Pole Bungalows, an exclusive and unique eco-lodge. It uses a state-of-the-art purification system to treat wastewater to prevent environmental pollution. Furthermore, the bungalows and suites each have their own unique features, depending on the type of luxury you desire. Each room and suite has its own ensuite bathroom, antique décor, and private veranda overlooking gorgeous scenery. And if you choose to go Platinum, you get to take a dip in your own plunge pool built on your veranda, overlooking your own beachfront!
Contact us for personal advice on how to incorporate Mafia Island into your safari itinerary. It is also possible to combine Mafia Island with a stay at Zanzibar Island or Pemba Island or a dream safari on the mainland.
Excursions and activities on Mafia Island