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Mafia Island, part of Tanzania's Indian Ocean archipelago, enchants visitors with its unspoiled beaches, lush mangroves, and diverse marine life. Renowned for its exceptional diving and snorkelling opportunities, the Mafia Island Marine Park protects vibrant coral reefs teeming with sea turtles, whale sharks, and countless fish species. Explore the island's rich history in ancient ruins and small villages, or delve into local traditions at the bustling market in Kilindoni. Kayak through serene mangrove forests, and unwind on secluded beaches, lulled by gentle ocean breezes. Eco-lodges and beachfront accommodations ensure a tranquil, authentic island experience.

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Mafia Island


Explore the Mafia Island Marine Park, a protected area that boasts some of the richest coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. With over 50 types of coral and 400 species of fish, the marine park offers visitors an unparalleled snorkeling and diving experience, with the chance to spot turtles, reef sharks, and an array of colourful tropical fish.

Whale Shark Encounters


Swim alongside the gentle giants of the ocean during Mafia Island's whale shark season, which typically runs from October to February. Guided boat tours provide the opportunity to snorkel or dive with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience for wildlife enthusiasts.

Chole Island


Visit the nearby Chole Island, home to the fascinating Chole Mjini eco-lodge, which offers unique treehouse accommodations amidst the island's lush vegetation. Explore the island's historic ruins, learn about its Swahili heritage, and engage with the local community through various cultural activities and sustainable tourism initiatives.

Ancient Ruins


Embark on a trip to Juani Island, where you can explore the ancient ruins of Kua, a 12th-century Swahili settlement. Wander through the remnants of once-grand buildings and gain insights into the island's history, trade connections, and cultural heritage.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding


Discover Mafia Island's serene mangrove forests and tranquil lagoons through kayaking or paddleboarding excursions. Glide through the calm waters as you observe the diverse flora and fauna, including numerous bird species, crabs, and mudskippers.

Dhow Sunset Cruise


Experience the beauty of Mafia Island's sunsets aboard a traditional wooden dhow boat. Sail along the island's picturesque coastline, taking in the splendid views, vibrant colours, and peaceful atmosphere, while sipping on a refreshing drink or enjoying a romantic dinner.