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.
Up to 24 can be seen at any one time: males, females and juveniles, all beautifully marked with stripes and spots.
The larger sharks are estimated at over 8 m long, so they are an impressive sight next to the boat, and quite stunning under the water.
The kayaks are also designed to carry a cool box for drinks and snacks and have ‘dry’ compartments for storing towels and cameras.
All of the local fishermen and water “taxis” use sail in Mafia; it is rare to find engines, which are usually only used by the long-distance fishermen and fish-buying boats. The sails are sewn by from madrouf, a rough trade cotton.
We have always offered fishing in Mafia and now at Lua Cheia we are able to guarantee professional fishing for all species, including fly fishing for sailfish, wahoo, giant trevalley, barracuda, kingfish and a variety of tunas.
BOAT EXCURSIONS & PICNICS
There are a variety of beaches and sand bars within a short distance of Kinasi in Chole Bay such as Miewe, Mvinje, Marimbani Sand Bar, Mchangani….further away are Kitutia and Mange reefs, which are all-day excursions and usually arranged by the Excursion Manager for all guests, with barbecued fish on the beach.
SAILING INTO HISTORY
The ngalawa is based on an ancient Indonesian double outrigger design first brought to the western Indian Ocean over 1,500 years ago. The seafarers who are believed to have come this far so long ago settled in northern Madagascar