Mafia Island presents an opportunity to really escape and feel like you've found somewhere that combines local daily life, truly untouched beach areas and a little bit of luxury in well maintained accommodation that is totally in-keeping with its environment. You can walk through the mangroves around part of the island's circumference which makes you feel like you've stumbled across some deserted island.
There is a large conservation area on Mafia Island where people come to work, volunteer and live for varying periods of time. This means that when you pass through this area to gain access to your accommodation, there are charges to support the ongoing studies and work on conservation.
Mafia Island is perfect for honeymooners as well as anyone who enjoys smaller islands in which to explore and would enjoy the comfort of good accommodation, excellent food, including local seafood, and opportunities for diving or boat trips to nearby islands - all of which help to boost the local economy and provide a unique way of enjoying these activities in the wilderness. There are not many hotels on the island and you can access other restaurant / bar areas outside of where you're staying. These can include enjoying a cocktail whilst lounging on cushions looking out to the ocean.
A flight from Dar-es-Salaam is the easiest way to reach Mafia Island and it takes just 30 minutes. The flight itself is an experience as it is in a small plane built for up to 8 passengers. This means that on arrival, you should be on route to your accommodation within 15 minutes of touch down once passing through the simple arrivals / departure building.
We will arrange all transport / accommodation for you. The rest is up to you as to how you spend your valuable time.
Hotels on the island are:
- Mafia Island Lodge
The Mafia Island Lodge stands amidst tall palms on a sandy beach in Chole Bay, in the heart of the marine park near Utende village on the South coast of Mafia.
Accommodation consists of 14 Superior rooms, 18 Standard rooms and two Family rooms which are set among the coconut palms with their own veranda overlooking the bay. They are all self-contained with air conditioning. Twin and double beds are available. The two family suites consist of two comfortable connecting rooms with one sharing bathroom, each room has its own veranda overlooking the gardens and sea. They may comfortably accommodate a maximum of five guests. All our rooms have a garden and sea view. Hot and cold water is available 24 hours a day.
The main lodge has a relaxing atmosphere with a large open air restaurant, bar and lounge area. Board games, table tennis and volleyball are also available.
- Pole Pole Bungalow Resort
Accommodation consists of seven bungalow suites, which blend in well with the surrounding tropical gardens and overlook the endless blue of Chole Bay which is the core of Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania.
Pole Pole, considered one of the most exclusive eco-resorts in the world, is renowned for its great cuisine, unpretentious and laid-back atmosphere, and warm but discrete hospitality. Here you will find a balancingof luxury with respect for the local culture and environment. It is the perfect place to relax after a safari as well as an ideal base for exploring the underwater wonders of Mafia Island All with a touch of style!
- Kinasi Lodge
An intimate and lovely resort, situated in an old cashew and coconut plantation. The lodge provides a luxury stay amidst stylish décor and the magnificent natural surroundings of the protected marine park.
The owners describe their lodge as being "stamped with a personality, ambience and originality that ensure guests know that Kinasi is much loved by its owners and this extends to the service that we offer you." Kinasi is a happy blend of African hospitality with the unique touch of "Island Life".