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Explore Mafia Island...

immerse into the underwater extraordinaire, pristine coastal forests, or 19th-century lighthouse...Mafia Island has so much to offer

pick what you prefer... 

Ocean Excursions

* applicable as FREE excursion 

 

SCUBA DIVING

All Year Round

The Mafia archipelago offers a wide variety of dive opportunities to suit all tastes. You can be as adventurous or as laidback as you like.

From:

$45

SNORKELING*

All Year Round

(2 pax min)

Snorkel in the waters surrounding Mafia Island that offer an extraordinary variety of marine life and provide some of the most spectacular coral reefs on the East African coast.

Per person:

$25

MANGE SANDBANK

All Year Round 

(6 pax min)

For those of us who are looking for a full day adventure, Mange sandbank is the perfect option. A day lost at sea, on your own private patch of sand, surrounded by the Indian Ocean. A true Robinson Crusoe experience with a dose of barefoot luxury.

Per person:

$60

HUMPBACK WHALES

Mid Aug-Late Sep

During the months of September and August we experience the Humpback Whale migration in the south of Mafia as they head for warm waters with their calfs. These magical creatures can grow up to 14 metres long and weigh a whopping 40 tonnes!

Per person:

$80/$145

WHALE SHARKS

Early October-Late Sept

(4 pax min)

Snorkle alongside these gentle giants and treat yourself to an unforgettable experience.

Per person:

$100

FISHERMAN ISLAND*

All Year Round

(2 pax min)

Snorkel around fisherman Island, a beautiful small islet found on the North-Eastern side of Chole Bay. End the day in the shade laying on a mat where you can lay back and enjoy a bbq and complete relaxation.

Per person:

$45

TURTLE HATCHING

June-end August/ Mid Dec

Sea turtles have been nesting on Tanzanian beaches for over 150 million years. Between June and September hundreds of baby turtles make their instinctive scramble from the white sandy beaches to the warm Indian Ocean waters.

Per person:

$35

SUNSET CRUISE*

All Year Round

(2 pax min)

The sunset cruise is a beautiful option for couples, families and friends to sit back and relax with a drink in hand and not a care in the world.

Per person:

$25

MARIMBANI SANDBANK*

All Year Round

(2 pax min)

The Marimbani sandbank is a beautiful half-moon shaped piece of sand which can be discovered only by low tide. After a day of snorkeling, wind down with a bbq on the sandbank.

Per person:

$40

DHOW SAILING

All Year Round

One of the simplest, most relaxing and picturesque excursions - a gentle sail around Chole Bay. The dhow is a traditional boat and the preferred vessel in East Africa for hundreds of years.

From (per hour):

$45

 

Island Excursions

* applicable as FREE excursion 

CHOLE WALK*

All Year Round

The oldest, still inhabited settlement in the archipelago, with the ruins of old Arab buildings used by the Germans during the World War I.
The island is covered by extremely varied lush vegetation.

Per person:

$10

UTENDE VILLAGE*

All Year Round

Utende village is situated directly next to the Mafia Lodge. Explore the village on a walking tour with one of  the locals.

Per person:

$5

RAS KISIMANI

All Year Round

Ras Kisimani is in our opinion home to the most beautiful beach you can find on Mafia Island. It takes a short 45 minute journey from your hotel by car or bajaj if you are feeling adventurous to this sleepy fishing village. The journey itself is a highlight as you weave through palm trees, dusty roads and over a beautiful, wooden bridge.

Per person:

Request

KUA RUINS*

All Year Round

On Juani Island, one of the largest and most characteristic islands in the archipelago, are the ruins of the ancient city of Kua, whose decline, as yet unexplained by archaeologists and historians, is the object of many legends. The island's fauna is quite unusual and includes wild pigs, monkeys, and small antelopes (blue duiker).

Per person:

$25

MARIMBANI SUNSET

All Year Round

End the day with your loved ones, taking in the gorgeous sunset and stunning ocean view.

Per person:

$25

FULL ISLAND ADVENTURE

All Year Round

For those Individuals who want to see Mafia Island in its whole we designed an excursion which encompasses all the various interest points into one, creating the Mafia Island Tour.

Per person:

Request

EMERALD CHANNEL*

All Year Round

The blue lagoon is a long channel linking the huge inland bay with the open sea that bisects the southern point of Juani. At the end of the channel is an enormous natural swimming pool whose level varies according to the tides and also boasts a staggering number of upside down jellyfish.

Per person:

$30

MLOLA FOREST WALK

All Year Round

Enjoy a walking tour in one of the main forests located on the southeast side of the island, known for its dense tree canopy of palms, lianas and epiphytes and dense underbrush of ferns.

Per person:

Request

LIGHTHOUSE

All Year Round

Situated on the northernmost point of the island of Mafia, the lighthouse can be reached by car. It is an exciting journey that takes you right across the island and its changing landscapes. Wide stretches of savannah studded by baobab trees, small seaside villages, bush populated by monkeys, and birds climax in a unique view of the open sea.

Per person:

Request

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