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Diving Conditions in Mafia Island

Mafia Island is the site of Tanzania’s first Marine Park. The Park covers the Southern half of the island and part of the North-East coast. Mafia is undoubtedly the best dive location in Tanzania. It’s a small haven that has a lot to offer and quite exquisitely, does not require lots of experience to be dived.

Chole Bay- the area where most of the dive sites are located- is part of the park, which is also blessed with a number of excellent dive sites outside and within the bay; ensuring the possibility of diving in almost any weather condition as well as easy access.

Visibility varies with the wind and tides. There also tend to be strong currents at the dive sites that are close to the mouth of the Bay (Kinasi Pass). Forthese reasons, diving in CholeBay tends to be tide-dependent.
Once outside the bay, this is no longer the case. Almost all of Mafia´s best diving is at depths of less than 30 meters, so it is a sport diver`s paradise. The reefs of the archipelago offer a staggeringly beautiful and varied display of marine life.

The diversity of animal and plant life is hard to match, with over 50 types of corals and 400 species of fish so far identified. There are excellent examples of Giant Table Corals, Delicate Seafans and Whip Corals. Large predatory fish and Turtles are common. Giant

Groupers, schools of Barracuda, Rays and if you are lucky Sharks can often be seen on the dive.
On top of that snorkeling with the resident Whale sharks makes Mafia one of the best places in the World to visit.

 

Dive Sites of Mafia Island

Dive Sites inside the Bay

1  Milimani

DIFFICULTY: EASY

MAXIMUM DEPTH: 18 MT.
TYPE: SLOPE
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

2 Coral Gardens (Utumbi)

DIFFICULTY: EASY
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 16 – 18 MT.
TYPE: SLOPE / GARDEN
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

3 Kinasi Wall

DIFFICULTY: EASY
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 24 MT.
TYPE: WALL / SLOPE
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

4 Chole Wall

DIFFICULTY: EASY
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 18 MT.
TYPE: SLOPE
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

5 Kinasi Pass

DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 40 MT.
TYPE: PASS / CHANNEL
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

6 The Pinnacle

DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 24 MT.
TYPE: PASS / CHANNEL
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

7 The Kinasi Express

DIFFICULTY: HARD
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 30 MT.
TYPE: FAST DRIFT
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

 

Dive Sites outside the Bay

7 Dindini Wall North

DIFFICULTY: EASY
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 28 MT.
TYPE: WALL
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

8 Dindini Wall South

DIFFICULTY: EASY
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 23 MT.
TYPE: WALL
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

9 Jina Pass / Jina Wall (Mlila)

DIFFICULTY: EASY
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 20 MT.
TYPE: SLOPE / WALL
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

10 Jina Reef (Mikadini)

DIFFICULTY: EASY
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 20 MT.
TYPE: SLOPE
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

11 Juani

DIFFICULTY: EASY
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 26 MT.
TYPE: WALL
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

Excursion dive safaris outside of Chole Bay

12 Kitutia Reef

DIFFICULTY: EASY
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 22 MT
TYPE: SLOPE
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

13 Mange Reef

DIFFICULTY: EASY
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 26 MT.
TYPE: SLOPE
VIS: 15 – 30 MT.

14 The Lighthouse

DIFFICULTY: DIFFICULT
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 70 MT.
TYPE: WALL / REEF
VIS: 20 – 30 MT.


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  • Ron Hunter

    Group of Australian very experienced divers looking to a week of diving mid to end Sept 2014 (yes 2014).

    Best dive centre?

    Best Accommodation?

    Best dive sites?

    Any information will help, thanks

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