Little known to most tourists, Mafia Island remains a pristine, quiet destination for undisturbed and relaxing beach holidays. You’ll find turquoise water, sandy beaches and mangrove forests, which – together with tidal flats - attract plenty of sea birds. The marine park here is one of Tanzania’s best areas for snorkeling and diving: shallow reefs are ideal for beginners, whereas experienced divers might head out e.g. to a long coral wall.
Beach holidays to Mafia Island can easily be combined with a stay on one of the four other lush islands of the Mafia Archipelago. Alternatively, if you're looking for a livelier destination, have a look at our recommendations for Zanzibar beach holidays!
Group or individual trip |
Lemon Grass Beach Holiday
| 8 days|Individual trip
Spend a fantastic 6 nights in one of the most untouched holiday destinations in Tanzania: the Mafia Archipelago is visited by relatively few tourists it is quiet, relaxing and beautiful. First visit the much smaller Chole Island where the lodge and community work ... More about Lemon Grass Beach Holiday
Vanilla Beach Holiday
| 7 days|Individual trip
Spend 6 nights holiday on the little known and underdeveloped Mafia Island: though not far from Dar es Salaam Mafia island is rarely visited and has maintained a rustic charm, whilst the Mafia Island Marine Park has also helped to keep the beaches and coral reefs ... More about Vanilla Beach Holiday
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