Mafia Island is off the coast of southern Tanzania and the coral reefs, lagoons and beaches of the Mafia Archipelago are part of Mafia Island Marine Park, which is Tanzania’s first marine park. The diving is phenomenal due to the protected coral reefs resulting from the marine park status.
Almost all of the best diving is at depths of less than 30m and the reefs offer a beautiful and varied display of marine life. Exposed fringing reefs, rock walls, soft coral and algae-dominated reefs can be found and there are over 48 genera of coral and 400 species of fish so far identified. The docile dugong (manatee or sea cow), is still thought to exist between Mafia and the Rufiji River Delta and the small islands around the archipelago remain a popular breeding ground for giant and green turtles.
Smallholders grow plots of cassava, rice, pigeon pea, pineapples, pawpaws and beans; it is typical to also find cashew, coconut and mango trees on each household's land. Large areas of the island are planted to coconuts, mostly by pre-World War II German settlers and descendents of Arab and Shirazi pioneers.
Chloe Bay is a huge circular bay on the east coast of Mafia Island and on the northernmost point of the island is the lighthouse, which you can climb for panoramic views of the island. The journey to the lighthouse covers the changing landscape of the island.
Tailormade Holidays to Mafia Island
On the Go are expert at planning holidays in Tanzania — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Mafia Island.
Pole Pole, considered one of the most exclusive eco-resorts in the world, is renowned for its great cuisine, unpretentious and laid-back atmosphere, and warm but discrete hospitality. Balancing luxury with respect for local culture and environment, it is the perfect place to relax after a safari, and the ideal base for exploring the underwater wonders of Mafia Island.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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