Mafia Island

South of Zanzibar and just a 45-minute flight from Dar es Salaam lies the stunning marine park and eco island of Mafia. Whilst there are not any fancy 5* lodges here if you are looking for an island escape with incredible seafood, ocean views and excellent marine life this is the place to come and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Sea life

Home to the huge and awe-inspiring whale shark, the endangered dugong and numerous sea turtles, this marine park is full of life, beautiful fish and coral reefs, ideal for any water lover.

What to do on Mafia Island

The protected warm waters surrounding the island make it a snorkelling and diving haven and is also the perfect place to kick off your shoes and put your feet up. The whole island is walk-able and the tranquil surroundings give it a Robinson Crusoe feel. Enjoy boat trips, village visits and catch and release fishing.

Who is Mafia Island good for?

Mafia Island is great for anyone who puts nature and barefoot luxury at the forefront of their plans. An ideal exclusive location for any honeymooners, couples or young families who love being in the water.

Where to stay in Mafia Island

Thanda Island

Thanda Island one of the world’s most exotic Island getaways which evolved as a dream to find a remote and uninhabited Tropical Island in East Africa coast.

Butiama Bustani Hotel

Named after its own pleasant garden setting, Butiama, meaning “garden” in Kiswahili, sits on Magemani “Cliff-Top” on the West Coast of Mafia Island, a quiet area overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Mafia Island Lodge

Totally uncrowded, Mafia Island Lodge is an exclusive Island Resort overlooking a beautiful sandy beach, 10-minute walk from Utende Village on Mafia Island. Surrounded by an immense garden, the resort also enjoys panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

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