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Why Mafia

"It is sadly in the nature of idylls not to remain so, but let's hope Mafia has learned the lesson of Zanzibar and doesn't allow the same thing to happen."

The Guardian

"The lesser-known islands of Tanzania - Mafia Island, Chole Island and Pemba - are perfect if you want to get away from it all."

Condé Nast

"The essence of Mafia isn’t tourism. It is about conservation and minimizing human impact"

New York Times

"Characterised by beautiful sandy beaches, fringing coral reefs and coastal mangrove forests, this is a vibrant nursery area for marine life, such as whale sharks, crabs, seahorses and a great variety of fish."

BBC
06 GREAT REASONS TO

VISIT MAFIA ISLAND

SCUBA DIVING AND SNORKELING

 

Mafia Island and its reefs are renowned as an excellent, world-class diving destination. Scientists have confirmed that Mafia has some of the richest reefs in the world, with an unparalleled variety of hard and soft corals and diversity of tropical fish.

We have identified fabulous dive sites of immense beauty and richness, bommies, channels, walls and caverns, drift and night dives. All of this is available to you through our PADI dive centre.

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AMAZING NATURE

 

The terrestrial and reef ecosystems are fascinating and over the years we have spent a great deal of time to research these aspects of the islands and ensure that our snorkeling and scuba trips give visitors an unforgettable experience. The diving here is truly World-class with a vast variety of corals and fish; being a breeding ground the Bay is alwayss full of shoals of fish.

And to enhance your stay with us we have guided walks and nature trails to enjoy the native
trees, animals and birdlife, cultural visits to villages to understand local village life and watch skilled craftsmen at work, sailing in traditional dhows and ngalawas, and fantastic day picnic trips to outer islands, sand banks and beaches.

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HISTORY & CULTURE

 

The Mafia Archipelago hosts antiquities dating back to the Eleventh Century, including ruins at Kisimani Mafia, Kanga, Kua on Juani Island and Chole Island. These include a beautiful, barrel-vaulted mosque of the Fifteenth Century and a number of well-preserved buildings of the latter half of the Eighteenth Century, providing great interest for the methods of construction and the ancient architecture.

We make guided excursions to examine these for those interested in history, ancient trade and the promise of new discoveries.

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FRIENDLY PEOPLE

 

Friendly people are one of the greatest attractions on any holiday and you will soon
realise that, as for all of East Africa, the people of Mafia are extremely friendly, self-confident but humble, and always ready for a laugh.

A lasting memory you will take away is how happy and spontaneous people are.

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PEACEFUL PLACE

 

Most of all Mafia is wonderfully peaceful and calming and a perfect place to find your feet again….

It may be realized by now, that tourists looking for night life, Mafia is not the place to come! Unless of course you wish to include night dives, dinners on the beach, star-gazing…

And don’t forget that by the time you have finished the day, evening cocktails and a splendid dinner, we bet you won’t have much energy left to waste!

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MILES & MILES OF LONELY BEACH

 

 The sand is white and pure and one can always swim, despite tidal changes and the complete isolation from any other tourist facility or commercial activity of any kind.

Solitude, nature, complete relaxation.

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