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Pole Pole Tours

Elegant and spacious, Pole Pole is set among coconut palms overlooking the infinite blue hues of the beautiful Chole Bay. Renowned for its great cuisine, this is one of the most exclusive eco-lodges that is governed by nature and the distinct rhythms of gentle winds and waves. Pole Pole meaning “different time” integrates with the surrounding environment both culturally and physically. The seven bungalow suites ambiance displays a perfect blend of the surrounding tropical garden right at the centre of Mafia Island Marine Park. Designed in balance with luxury and respect for the environment Pole Pole is a perfect place to relax after a safari and ideal for exploration of the underwater world of Africa.


Pole Pole presents elegant and spacious Luxurious Bungalow Suites situated in private and quiet areas, tastefully furnished with wood-carved pieces made locally. The Bungalows have large private verandas furnished with Zanzibar beds, chairs, table, and armchair. Pole Pole has a low environmental impact state-of-the-art Phyto-purification plant, a special process of treating wastewater in order to avoid environmental pollution.


The Hotel serves an Italian touch of class with a combination of various culinary traditions and cultures. Most of the food that is served is organically grown to minimize carbon footprint and bought from local farmers and fishermen for them to benefit from tourism development.


Health and Wellness

The hotel’s tranquil garden is complemented by the gentle luxury of Alasiri Spa set on the side of the plunge pool. The spa offers a wide range of massages intended to re-activate your soul into holiday mode. Located in the sunny stretch of Pole Pole is the stunning swimming pool designed in reminiscence of a traditional Arabic dhow enclosed by the gently swaying palm trees. There is a bar and a shaded seating area incorporated into the beautiful garden for your comfort and relaxation.


  • Lush green scenery and best sunsets
  • Flowers and birds galore
  • Few tourists
  • Cheaper rates


  • Beautiful green scenery after rains
  • Fantastic photography opportunities
  • Dry weather
  • Mild temperatures


  • Warm/hot temperatures
  • Best for snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing
  • Whale watching
  • Dry weather

Category Ranges:
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation.

  • Rustic luxury

    Luxuriously rustic resort aimed at those who want to quietly relax and enjoy the Mafia Island Marine Park. The bungalows have a great water view and an awesome porch with day bed. Staff was excellent and food was very good. I had a fish with a coriander sauce that was probably the best thing I ate during the three weeks we spent in TZ. The excursions do not disappoint and the relationship with the dive center is a plus. If your are looking for the classic party beach scene, that’s more in Zanzibar. If you are looking for an awesome restorative place designed to help you see the beauty that mafia has to offer, this is your place.

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Amazing experience

    Fantastic place, the bungalows are very comfy and cosy, a lot of spots to chill and enjoy the amazing view on the bay. The service and staff are truly amazing: very helpful, kind and genuine! Very good vibes overall!!

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • A taste of perfection

    We stayed 4 nights at Pole Pole and we enjoyed every single second. The location is excellent inside the Marine Park and the bungalows are surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden. Julie the manager made everything to please us and make our stay unforgettable. The food is tasty, healthy and fresh. The staff is excellent, professional and so helpful. Thanks to their close partnership with the dive centre we could book our next dive trips every night at the restaurant without leaving the hotel. The massage on the last day was the cherry on the cake! We can only recommend this wonderful place.

    A TripAdvisor Member

Fast Facts

  • Location: Mafia Island, Tanzania
  • Internet connection:WiFi
  • FansFans
  • Number of rooms:7 bungalow suites
  • Child policy:10+ years
  • Swimming poolYes

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