Mafia Island is part of Tanzania’s Mafia Archipelago, in the Indian Ocean. Large swaths of the island’s southern coastline and surrounding waters are protected by the Mafia Island Marine Park. Within the park are many coral reefs, home to wildlife such as whale sharks and sea turtles. In the south, beaches include secluded Ras Kisimani, just across from Bwejuu Island. Popular Utende Beach edges onto Chole Bay.
Day 1: Depart by flight from Dar Es Salaam or Zanzibar 09:30am, arrive Mafia at 11:15, meet and greet by resort representative and transfer to the lodge. Dinner and Overnight at Mafia Island Lodge or Butiama Lodge
Day 2: Breakfast and relay or leisure day or optional activities while in Mafia. Dinner and Overnight at Mafia Island Lodge or Butiama Lodge
Day 3: After leisurely breakfast, transfer to Mafia for a flight to Zanzibar or Dar Es Salaam by flight 15:45
The price is US$ 500 per person sharing and US$ 150 single supplement
The price includes:- 2 nights full board, return flights and transport to/from Mafia airport. The price does not include marine park fees US$ 23.60 per person/night, drinks, laundry, excursions in Mafia and items of a personal nature.
SNORKELING in Chole bay is a fantastic, colorfully exuberant experience accompanied by hoards of fish, all with different shapes, colors and sizes. The waters surrounding Mafia Island offer an extraordinary variety of marine life and provide some of the most spectacular coral reefs on the East African coast. The marine diversity is amongst the highest in the Indian Ocean with over 400 species of fish, 5 species of marine turtle and 48 general of hard corals.
Snorkeling trip takes place around big rock, right on the edge of the bay. You are always accompanied by an experienced guide whom ensures safety and points out several creatures from below the turquoise waters. Snorkeling trips usually last for a couple of hours however for those mega enthusiasts it is possible to join on the dive boat to get 4 hours of snorkeling in. Wind allowing we sail back to the shore making the experience truly unforgettable.
WHALE WATCHING – 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 calf’s. These magical creatures can grow up to 14 metres long and weigh a whopping 40 tonnes! Humpbacks are renowned for their magical songs which travel for great distances. These songs are complex and often continue for hours on end. They migrate annually from the cool polar waters to the warmer waters near the equator to mate and nurse. The most breath-taking moments with these whales is watching them breach, throwing themselves out of the water to land with a tremendous splash. They also slap their fins and tails in a playful manner putting on a super show. We usually combine the chance to spot these magical mammals with a Mange sandbank trip. After a couple of hours of whale watching we go for a quick snorkel and then a relaxing fish BBQ and picnic on the picturesque patch of sand.