We Love —
- Mafia Island Lodge is a set amidst lush, swaying palms and a pristine, golden beach in Chloe Bay
- The island offers some of the best diving and snorkelling there is off the East African coast
- This is an ideal holiday for those looking for a relaxing break with fine tropical weather and pure relaxation
Here to Help —
Booking 35 days in advance and spending over £500 per person? No need to pay in full today! Just select the 30% deposit option on our payment page (terms & conditions apply)
For any additional information on this offer or assistance in making your reservation please call one of our dedicated team on 0844 8262098 or email email@example.com
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 08:00 - 21:00 and Saturdays & Sundays from 09:00 - 17:30.
Your Destination —
It offers a beguiling blend of utter relaxation on beautiful beaches and a superb taste of local culture. Zanzibar is the perfect holiday destination for travelers looking for something different in the idyllic Indian Ocean.
Mafia Island is the largest of a small archipelago of islands and atolls and is truly a paradise in the Indian Ocean. It is the southern most of three islands (Pemba & Zanzibar) located off the coast of Tanzania. 25km from the mainland and 130km from Dar es Salaam, it is reachable by light aircraft in 35 minutes or 45 minutes from Zanzibar and the Selous Game Reserve.
The resident population of 46,000 are mainly fishermen or smallholder farmers that grow coconut, paw-paw, rice and cassava. The islanders are friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere relaxed and laid-back.
Today Mafia is known as a beautiful Indian Ocean tropical resort that is famous for deep sea fishing and scuba diving. Aquatic life is abundant and the coral gardens are pristine due to the protection of the Mafia Island Marine Park. The dual influences of the river and the sea have combined to create a rich and exceptional biodiversity with unique landscapes under the sea and on dry land. It is a unique and perfect destination as a place to simply unwind and get away from the modern and busy world.
Your Hotel —
The Mafia Island Lodge stands amidst tall palms on a sandy beach in Chole Bay, in the heart of the marine park near Utende village on the south coast of Mafia. The main lodge has a relaxing atmosphere with a large open restaurant, bar and lounge area. Board games, table tennis and volleyball are also available.
Number of rooms: 34
Open-aired main lounge, bar and dining area
Volley ball, pool table & ping pong
Some services may incur additional charges, payable locally.
Your Room —
This offer is based on a Standard Room.
All rooms have garden and sea view, making this a truly tranquil environment. Hot and cold water is available 24 hours a day for your comfort.
Your Board Basis —
This offer is based on a full board stay.
Restaurant & Lounge Bar - The restaurant and Lounge Bar bar, where guests can enjoy a nice view of the gardens and the ocean, offer a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. The cuisine is continental/Mediterranean with an emphasis on the freshly caught seafood. Snacks, sandwiches and finger food are also available at our Lounge Bar and Beach Bar with a wide selection of beverages. The ice served with drinks is safe and drinkable.
The resort serves a buffet breakfast, while lunch and dinner are Set Menu. They offer continental cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. However, they try to please any dietary requirements and requests. You can arrange lunch or breakfast boxes and earlier breakfast, as long as the resort are advised the day before.
Beach Bar - Located on our beautiful beach - the only one in Chole Bay unaffected by tide - the Beach Bar offers light lunches and early afternoon fare such as salads, sandwiches and freshly caught fish, complemented by a fully-stocked bar.
As the sun goes down, it becomes the ultimate chillout zone for sitting back with a happy hour cocktail while watching the beautiful African sunset. Enjoy the intimate candlelit dinners on offer, perfect for celebrating occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, honeymoons or simply the pleasure of sampling the special menus on request.
Your Time —
Island Lodge's affiliated dive centre, Mafia Island Diving, offers diving courses in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Swahili. With a highly experienced team of both local and expatriate instructors and dive masters, it is likely one of the best-staffed PADI-affiliated dive centres in Tanzania. The best months for scuba diving are September to March, and snorkelling can be done all year round in the sheltered, calm waters of Chole Bay.
There are also the options of sport fishing, walking or biking on the nature trails, and other beach activities that can be enjoyed.
One can also experience the friendly culture of the Swahili people with tours through the local villages. There is a day trip to the Northern part of Mafia where you will get to discover the full diversity of the fauna and flora on the island, as well as see some of Mafia's most pristine and beautiful beaches.
Activities offered by the resort include:
- Swimming with whale sharks
- Turtle hatching
- Whale watching
- Chole Island
- Kitutia Reef
- Marimbani sand bank
- & many more
Your Journey —
Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Return flight transfers from Dar es Salaam to Mafia Island are included. Internal flight transfers will be chosen for you based on your chosen international flights to ensure the best connecting times.
After arriving on Mafia Island you will then take a car transfer to and from the resort. These transfers are also included.