Mafia is a small island in the Indian Ocean, belonging to Tanzania.The name Mafia is probably derived from the Arabic “morfiyeh”, meaning “group” or “archipelago”, or from the Swahili “mahali pa afya” meaning “a healthy dwelling place”. Its history goes back to the 8th century where it played a key role in the East African trading routes between Kilwa and Zanzibar. Island and the surrounding reefs are known as excellent, world-class dive sites. For now, still only a little visited, offers naturals areas. Mafia has some of the richest coral reefs in the world, with unprecedented amounts of hard and soft corals and diversity of tropical specimens fishes. There are over 50 types of coral and 460 species of fish identified. Additionally, a paradise for birds (about 120 species) and wild game. You can find here a great place for both -advanced and beginner divers. The best time for diving on Mafia is the period from November to March. Places around the Mafia are also the only place, where from October to March we guaranteed „meeting” and the opportunity to swim with the Whale shark– the world’s largest fish at up to 20m long
BUTIAMA it is a large resort located just by the ocean. The resort offers a pool, restaurant, bar. During the stay, you can take advantage of the many attractions-swim kayaks and enjoying the flora and fauna in extremely clear waters, go to a car’s expedition around the island, or simply to admire the view of the sunset laying in a hammock … Bungalows in Butiama are decorated with an unusual flavor. Each of them equipped with hand-made furniture in wood-scented sun and exoticism. On each terrace hung a hammock, recline in which we can enjoy a blast of warm sea breeze and the view of the setting sun… Around the wild, still intact nature…
Each participant has the opportunity to buy additional dives, which are not included in the basic price. If you are interested additional’s dives , please give an information prior to arrival on site. There is also possibility to use of high-quality diving equipment. (Full dive equipment rental is available for $20 per day )
Trip for Qualified Divers, as well as Beginners .We offered Padi Courses Beginner Qualification and Continuing Education Courses.
Chole Bay is one of the most incredible Indian Ocean snorkeling locale in all of Africa. Explore the underwater world from the surface of the water! A great trip for all experience levels.Enjoy discovering all of the sea life that the area has to offer. With an experienced guide, you will travel to one of the many locations available for snorkelling in the area. Snorkelling in Chole bay is a fantastic, colourfully exuberant experience accompanied by hoards of fish, all with different shapes, colours and sizes.
Kua Lagoon and Ruins Across the bay from our beaches, on one of the largest and most characteristic islands in the archipelago, are the ruins of the ancient city of Kua. An identified archaeological site from the 12th century which still has no firm reasoning as to why all of a sudden the civilisation ceased to exist, although there are various legends. In the city of Kua, the shirazi people and the arab’s lived together in harmony.
Marimbani Sand Bank Picnic
A must-do trip for anyone visiting Mafia Island! There are many remote sandbanks and beaches in the area offering stunning scenery of white sand and turquoise blue waters.
Start with a leisurely trip in the boat to the sandbank. Enjoy snorkelling on the nearby reefs with colourful corals and a variety of fish species. Then relax on the beach whilst our guides create a shaded area and start the fire to cook the fish. Take a swim in the clear calm water, and enjoy another snorkel in the nearby reef, then, for lunch, take a picnic on the sandbank with fire-cooked fish, salad, and pasta.
Whale Shark Trip (avail. Nov to March)
The main attraction for many visitors to Mafia, take a chance to see and snorkel with Whale sharks – the world’s largest fish at up to 20m long.
During the summer season, the Whale shark can be spotted swimming slowly close to the surface in the channel between Mafia and mainland Dar Es Salaam. Butiama Beach is in prime location, close to these gentle giants.
Once spotted, you calmly enter the water to snorkel alongside them. They can be shy so guests can look, but not touch. Mafia Island follows the “Code of Conduct” which is a set of guidelines used all over the World. Your guide will make you aware of these guidelines for safely interacting with these amazing creatures.
Whale Watching (usually around July-September).
Humpback whales are one of the largest rorqual species; adults can grow up to 16 metres in length and weigh up to 36,000kg. They are found all over the world and can migrate up to 25,000km each year.
Catch the seasonal migration of Humpback Whales as they move between the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the cooler feeding grounds of the Southern Ocean. They are magnificent creatures with surprising acrobatic moves! If you’re lucky, then you can see them breaching the water with a slap of the tail as they re-enter. Not to be missed!
Turtle Hatching (avail. Jun to Aug)
Bird Watching Tour
On the North Point of Mafia Island there is a light house that was originally erected by the Germans around the First World War. Although the lighthouse is not in a good condition for going up anymore, the views and landscape around it are still as beautiful as ever. Your guide will take you up to the area surrounding the lighthouse (around 2 hours by car/bajaji) where you can explore and take in the views. The next stop is Kanga beach, an endless white beach leading into the clear blue waters, where you can stop for a while, relax and have a swim. Your guide will set up your picnic and you can chill on the sandy white beach enjoying your lunch, before heading back