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Mafia Island

Scuba & Snorkeling · Reefs · Dolphin & Whale Watching
A quiet, sandy landmass off the coast of Tanzania, Mafia Island lies dotted with peaceful lodges and sleepy fishing villages. If you're seeking long days of diving and snorkeling on remote beaches, a Mafia Island holiday offers the perfect tropical getaway. Part of the Zanzibar archipelago, the island boasts pristine coral reefs teeming with exotic marine life, attracting divers and fishing enthusiasts from all over the world. Besides the tiny town of Kilindoni and its miniature airport, a tour of Mafia Island reveals verdant mangrove forests and strips of sandy shore contrasting the vivid turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Add Mafia Island and other destinations to your itinerary using our Tanzania vacation tool, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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For your stay on Mafia Island, you can choose from numerous beachside lodges, the largest cluster of which lies in Utende, overlooking Chole Bay. Other options, mostly guesthouses and private bungalows, are scattered along the island's sandy, mangrove-lined strips of sand. Note that for several establishments in Utende and on Chole Island you'll need to pay the marine park entry fees, which most price listings do not include.
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