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Mafia Island

Mafia Island is a perfect escape from the fast pace and busy daily life. This island is still pure and untouched with no tarmac roads and few tourists. It’s like Zanzibar a few decades ago. The atmosphere is relaxed and the islanders are very friendly.

Rich coral reefs

Mafia is part of the Zanzibar Archipelago and surrounded by some of the richest coral reefs in the world. Almost half of Mafia’s coastline is part of Mafia Island Marine Park, a nature park, full of coral reef, mangrove forest and lagoons. This is the largest protected area in the Indian Ocean. The barrier reef, with 50 different corals and more than 460 species of fish, is a dream to divers and snorkelers. Mafia’s incredible and pure dive spots have remained a well-kept secret.

Dazzling marine life

Since much of the island is surrounded by mangroves, the deserted beaches are not as wide as the ones in Zanzibar, but still beautiful. The dazzling marine life is the main feature of the island.  This is the place to spot humpback whales, turtles and the biggest fish on earth, the whale shark. Mafia Island is a unique place for travelers and honeymooners to unwind after their Tanzania Safari.

Contact us for a personal advice on how to incorporate Mafia Island into your safari itinerary. It is also possible to combine Mafia Island with a stay at Zanzibar Island or Pemba Island or a dream safari on the mainland.

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Mafia Island features

  • Beautiful marine life (> 400 species)
  • World’s richest coral reefs (>50 species)
  • Whales and whale sharks
  • Turtles favourite spot
  • Mangrove forest
  • Tropical seabirds
  • Baobab trees
  • Coconut and cashew plantations
  • White sandy beaches
  • Palm trees
  • Azure blue ocean
  • Tropical climate
  • Friendly people
  • Delicious food
  • Beautiful nature

Excursions and activities on Mafia Island

  • Scuba diving (all year)
  • Snorkeling (all year)
  • Searching for whales and whale sharks (on a snorkeling/diving tour)
  • Sunset cruise
  • Cultural island walk
  • Visit the Kua Ruines
  • Island excursions

Travel time to Mafia Island

Flights to Mafia depart from the following airports:

  • Arusha (+/- 3 hours) price indication: € 420,-
  • Zanzibar ( 50 min) price indication: € 175,-
  • Selous ( < 2 hours) price indication: € 329,-
  • Dar es Salaam (30 min) € 125,-

Mafia Island facts

  • 70 km (43 mi) long and 15 km (9 mi) across
  • 822 km2 (510 sq mi) of protected coral reef
  • Richest coral reefs in the world
  • Marine Park is the largest protected area in the Indian Ocean (1,500 km2, 932 sq mi)
  • Rich history and culture
  • One of best dive sites in the world
  • 25 km (15 mi) from Tanzania’s mainland
  • Population of 46,000 people

Traveltips from our experts about Mafia Island

Mafia is a beautiful and super romantic island where you can enjoy the peace and friendly people. For newlyweds on honeymoon we have a special offer: a bottle of prosecco, massage and private dinner for free. Contact us so we can tell you more about all the options that are available.

Our Advice:

How long to stay?: 5 days (4 nights)

Which Hotel? Pole Pole Bungalows, because of the delicious food, nice bungalows and unique location at a tranquil beach.

When are the whales and whale sharks at Mafia Island?

You can see these giants just a few hundred metres offshore near Kilindoni Harbour. The best time to spot them:

  • Humpback whale: late August till early October
  • Whaleshark: Novemer till March