While Mafia Island is a glorious destination for both active and leisurely vacations, a main attraction is that it remains virtually unknown and creates a sense of traveling back in time to the early 20th century. Surrounded by a barrier reef teeming with colourful tropical marine life, the warm, colorful Indian Ocean waters provide an ideal location for many sea activities. There are more than 450 species of fish and five different species of turtles that you can discover by diving and snorkelling. Explore the many islets and enjoy a picnic lunch after traditional dhow sailing, or go deep-sea fishing, walking or biking on the nature trails and sea kayaking.


  • Adventure
  • Beaches
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife


  • 450 Species of Fish
  • Diving and Snorkelling Paradise
  • Nature Trails

Places to Stay

Pool at Butiama Beach Lodge in Mafia Island, Tanzania
Butiama Beach Lodge

Style: Boutique

Butiama Beach Lodge lies on the shores of Mafia Island, tucked within a tropical palm grove on the beach and provides everything you need to unwind.

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Wildlife Tour in Mafia Island
Kinasi Lodge

Style: Boutique

Kinasi is a small private lodge situated in a coconut and cashew plantation facing Chole Bayon Mafia Island.

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Wildlife Tour in Mafia Island
Pole Pole Bungalows

Style: Boutique

Pole Pole consists of only seven bungalows and promises personal attention and service.

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Activities in Mafia Island

Activities at Pole Pole Resort

1 daily boat excursion in Chole Bay


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