Reviews of Pole Pole
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Pole Pole : beyond brilliant!
6 days at Pole Pole over New Year 2014. The best way ever to bring in a New Year. Wonderful new year party arranged on the beach brought the new year in in memorable style.
Superb food. Local fresh fish with every meal and they catered for my non fish eating son seamlessly.
Superb complementary outings arranged daily i.e snorkelling +/- picnic lunch / sunset dhow rides.
Next door is an excellent diving operation 'Mafia Island diving'. They recognized our names from our trip in 2013, and so kept places assuming we were still keen ++ divers. We had not pre-booked so without this we would have had problems as the season was so busy. Typical of the detail that they look after us with.
We went on a Whale Shark snorkeling trip with Kitue Kiblu as advised by Mafia Diving. It was a totally professional organization so well worth paying the extra over the local guides. The experience was truly awesome. They are magnificent creatures and the contact was long and detailed even though we felt like Jonah for much of the time!
This experience was 100 USD per person, and they only take cash, so it would have been helpful to budget for this before departure. Fortunately Pole Pole accepts tips in Sterling otherwise we would have had a cash crisis. All other add-on's use Visa cards.
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We had a pleasant six days rest and relaxation here. Sara was a good host.
Service and food were excellent and the banda was well laid out and equipped.
The activities were OK for filling out the days, but not particularly exciting.
Pole pole was great. The staff so helpful and always smiling. All did their best to improve my Swahali speaking skills! The chef went out of her way to cook alternatives for me as, for example, I eat no shellfish except prawns. It was never forgotten and the alternatives were unfailingly delicious. The daily complimentary excursions were very good - in particular the dow trip to a reef where we snorkelled then on to a sandbank where were given fish grilled on the beach while we lazed in the sun
The one problem we had was with the beach. The tides were dramatic. At high tide there was no beach and at low tide the water so far out swimming was not possible. Also the current was strong as the tide was going out and,again, we could not swim. We were disappointed as we had not had a good experience in Zanzibar (razor sharp rocks by the shoreline making it impossible to enter the water) and expressly asked for a location where we could lie on the beech and swim in the sea.
This should not realky be marketed as a beech holiday (the photo in your brouchure is misleading). Fortunately there was a lovely swimming pool and that is where we spent much of out time quite hapily. The spa was a welcome luxury.
Expert Africa comments
We are delighted that these travellers enjoyed Pole Pole generally and especially the pool and the spa.
However, we were concerned about their beach comments. As with all beach places in Mafia and Zanzibar, the tides do affect the beach and the options for swimming. Pole Pole has a better beach than many other Mafia lodges, with a significant area of soft sand, and fewer mangroves than elsewhere. Swimming from Pole Pole's beach is possible during high tides, while at low tide the lodge also offers excursions to exposed sand bank islands (which these travellers enjoyed) large beaches where you can always swim. These daily trips are included in the rates.
That said, Mafia's beaches aren't like Zanzibar's. We always try to discuss this with our travellers; were sorry if we didn't emphasise the differences enough.
We've assured these travellers that the picture of Pole Pole in our brochure was like every single other picture in our brochure taken by one of our team when they visited the lodge, and it hasn't been edited in any way.
relaxing Pole Pole
supposed to have been a bit more relaxing after 2 safaris but it wasn't - dive centre a 5 minute walk away.Read more about the whole beach holiday
Beach esclusive life
The lodge is very small, with lots of space, very welll maintained. Beautfiul view from the rooms.
High quality rooms, with plenty of attention to details.
Maybe the lodge is even too quiet.
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Paradise in Pole Pole
This was the ideal end to our safari holiday.
Woderful beach side location, very comfortable bungalow, outstanding food, fabulous staff.
Our swimming with whale sharks was a memorable experience.
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A lovely relaxing way to end a holiday.
I was surprised snorkling was only available by going on a boat trip rather than straight off the lodge beach.
5 days at Pole Pole
We went for relaxation and diving. Both parts were superb, but the highlight was whale watching up close in a Dow and then having a private lunch on a sand bank!
Can't imagine a better time for any of us.
Can't wait for the time for all of us to return!
Perfect trip ending at lovely Pole Pole
Again great management from Robyn.
The best food of our trip & also the accommodation.
Great beach & pool.