MAFIA ISLAND TRAVEL

TRAVEL INFORMATION ON MAFIA ISLAND, TANZANIA.
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MAFIA Island lies close to the Rufiji Delta, just a short aircraft flight from Dar es Salaam, the Selous Game Reserve or Zanzibar. The island was a regular stop for two thousand years for Arab and Persian dhows plying the coastal waters from the Gulf to Madagascar and Mozambique. Chole Bay, Mafia's protected deep-water anchorage and the original harbour, is studded with islands, sandbanks and beaches.
Dhows sailing around Mafia Island


The clear, protected waters offer wonderful snorkelling, sailing and swimming. Outside the Bay unbroken reef runs the length of the island, from Tutia in the south to Ras Mkumbi at the northern tip. The clear, protected waters offer wonderful snorkelling, sailing and swimming. Outside the Bay unbroken reef runs the length of the island, from Tutia in the south to Ras Mkumbi at the northern tip.

Mafia is little changed from ancient times and retains a traditional, friendly culture; our community tourism association works hard to preserve this individuality. Chole Bay and its surrounding forests and islands are now within the protected Mafia Island Marine Park, supported with assistance from the World Wide Fund for Nature.

The reefs offer a range of corals and fish like no other in the Indian Ocean, and they are close to KINASI, so that diving and snorkelling sites are just a short boat ride away. Isolated islets and beaches, lagoons, coves and channels provide many private swimming and picnicking hideaways. Chole Bay, on our doorstep, is perfect for windsurfing and laser sailing.

Bird watching is excellent and very different to the mainland parks that guests may have visited. The tidal flats and mangroves on our doorstep are always alive with coastal and sea birds and there are many colourful woodland and forest species. We welcome guests to help perfect our Mafia checklist of birds. There are also roosts of the unusual and fascinating giant Madagascan fruit bat to see on nearby Chole Island. And our nature trail from KINASI is a wonderful early morning or evening activity.

For the fisherman there is big-game fishing, light inshore sport fishing, and bottom fishing from fully equipped boats. And if you are really intrepid, we'll arrange for you to go fishing in traditional style with local fishermen on their jahazis or ngalawas. Scuba diving and game fishing can also be specially arranged as camping safaris to the north end of Mafia or to Okuza, Nyuni and Njovi islands to the south of Mafia.

Visits to the villages, historic archaeological sites, coastal forests, coconut plantations, traditional boat-building yards, and other parts of Mafia Island complement the sea activities and add much more interest to a holiday, and will familiarise you with the lives of the people of Mafia, who are artisans, farmers, fishermen and sailors.

Recommended Lodges
Luxury Mafia Island Lodges
These are a few of the best lodges to be found in Mafia Island


Lagoon at Kinasi Lodge
Lagoon at Kinasi Lodge