Mafia Island beach and cultural holiday

Off the beaten track on a small island in the Indian Ocean. The ideal beach escape for those wanting something a little out of the ordinary
Where
Tanzania, Mafia Island
When
Year round
How long
Flexible
How much
$200 per night
why
Charming island off the beaten track. Wonderful marine life including whale sharks. Dive, snorkel, visit sand bars for picnics, sail dhows, visit historic 12th century ruins
staying in
A choice of small and charming beach lodges offering varying degrees of eccentricity

Mafia Island – Much more than just a beach holiday; Whale Sharks, scuba diving, 12th century historic ruins, small charming beach lodges. All in all a fascinating compliment to a safari.

For anyone not inspired by the hubbub on Zanzibar, but rather looking for real interest over and above a simple sun and sand holiday, Mafia Island is somewhere well worth considering.

A short flight to the South of Dar es Salaam in the mouth of the Rufiji delta is Mafia Island. The largest of a collection of coral atols in the area and somewhere that offers a fascinating insight into a coastal culture away from the glare of the tourism spotlight.

For divers this is an excellent spot, with the chance to encounter rich sea life including sea turtles and whale sharks.

For those interested in experiencing coastal Tanzania, the tiny village of Chole Island is a wonderful opportunity. The island is home to 1000 people, a school, and among other things a boatyard where boats are constructed in the same way they have been for centuries. All of this happens with the backdrop of the extraordinary Arabic- German ruins that bear testament to a bizzare succession of colonial presences from the slavers of Oman to the German colonialists of the 19th century.

If you’re thinking of Mafia it’s worth recognising that it’s not for everyone. If you’re looking for simple "sun, sea and sand" you might do better on Zanibar. But if you’re intrigued by the chance to explore a small island, to walk the local villages, stay in idiosynchratic, but charming small lodges and soak up the local culture, this place is a rare treat.”

Mafia Island

Secluded coastal charm

Mafia Island: Sea

Swim with whale sharks

Mafia Island: Sea

Sail and Snorkel

Mafia Island: Sea

Picnics on sandbars

Mafia Island: Sea

Fish grilled en plein air

Mafia Island: Culture

12th Century Kua ruins

Mafia Island: Village life

Boat building

Mafia Island: Lodges

Chole Mjini

Mafia Island: Lodges

Chole Mjini - rooms

Mafia Island: Lodges

Pole Pole

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