Mafia Island is the first Tanzania’s Marine Park and one of the most important marine habitats in the world. It includes giant table corals, blue-tipped stag horn corals and over 400 species of fish.
Mafia is a large island lying off the southern coast of Tanzania, near to the Rufiji Delta. It is 30 miles from north to south, and up to ten miles in width. It 30 minutes by plane from Dar es Salaam.
Mafia Island is the site of Tanzania’s first Marine Park which was gazetted in 1995. The Park covers the southern half of the island and part of the north-east.
Mafia Island is one of the most important marine habitats in the world. It has mangroves, sea-grass beds, coral reefs, inter-tidal reef flats, lagoons and coastal forest.
Within the bay, the shallow reefs are perfect for snorkeling or learning to dive. Whilst outside the bay, its entrance is guarded by a long coral wall, attracting more experienced divers. Here are more than 50 genera of coral, including giant table corals, huge stands of blue-tipped stag horn corals, and over 400 species of fish.
This is one of Tanzania’s best areas for diving and you’ll always see something exciting, from rainbow-coloured clownfish to octopus, rays and the odd gigantic grouper or large potato cod. Sharks and dolphins are found in the deeper waters, and at night turtles crawl onto remote beaches to nest. It is perfect area for honeymooners or as an excursion after a Tanzania safari.
Day 1: Arrival at the Dar es Salaam Airport
On your arrival at the Airport, you will be transferred you to the Kempinski Kilimanjaro Hotel in Dar es Salaam for dinner and overnight should you arrive on an evening flight. However, should you arrive on a morning flight; we will connect you on a short flight (30 minutes) to Mafia Island in the afternoon for your resting, Resting, dinner and overnight at the Kempinski, if Mafia, dinner and over night at Pole pole Resort Bungalow
All meals included
Day 2 Transfer to Mafia Island
Pick-Up from hotel after lunch and shuttled to airport ready to leave for Mafia Island. On arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative, who will transfer you to Polepole Bungalow for lunch and afternoon beach leisure. Resting, dinner and overnight at Pole pole Resort Bungalow
All meals included
Day 3 to 4: Two Days of Leisure on Mafia Island
Both days are at your leisure. However, you may want to plan a day excursion to Chole Island, which is packed with ancient ruins, including some from the German colonial administration. While on Chole, you may take a walking tour to see boat-building, sail making, the hand-manufacturing of copra (coconut fiber) ropes, and see a ancient coral rock swimming pool. A picnic lunch will be offered. Optional activities include snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving. Relaxing, dinner and overnight at Pole pole Resort Bungalow
All meals included
Day 5: Return to Dar es Salaam
After breakfast and lunch at the lodge then transfer to airport for short flight to Dar es Salaam, where you will spend an overnight at the Kempinski or transfer to Dar es Salaam International Airport for your flight home.
End of Trip
– Transfer to and from Mafia airport
– 3 gourmet meals and early morning tea
– Daily excursion in Chole Bay and snorkeling (equipment is included)
– Tea, Coffee and safe drinking water
– Use of private waiting room in mafia airport
– Laundry (2 item per person per day)
– International Flights
– Hotel transfers in Dar es Salaam
– Accommodation in Dar es Salaam in the first night on your arrival and last night after safari (book with us)
– Drinks and extras
– Marine park 10$ per person
– And all not mentioned on the plan