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Mafia Island
Mafia Island
Mafia Island
Mafia Island

Mafia is a relatively unknown Island in the Indian Ocean.

It offers golden sandy beaches and emerald seas.

The Island is the perfect place to relax...

...and great for snorkelling or learning to dive.

Mafia Island

Mafia Island: Beach holidays

Tanzania beach holidays on Mafia Island

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 snorkelling and diving: the shallow reefs are ideal for beginners, whereas experienced divers might head out 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.

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Lemon Grass Beach Holiday

6 days • 2 locations
DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Enjoy undisturbed leisure at the Mafia Archipalego’s lesser visited Chole and Mafia Islands. Two charming, elegant lodges provide opportunity for total relaxation as well as a range of activities.

US$1,700 - US$2,220 per person

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Where to stay in Mafia Island

Our suggestions for beach lodges in Mafia Island


Pole Pole

Pole Pole

Pole Pole is a small, quiet beach lodge on Mafia. It's comfortable, almost luxurious, and has a great range of activities.


94% (99 reviews)
Chole Mjini Lodge

Chole Mjini

Chole Mjini is one of Tanzania's most environmentally aware lodges. With tree-houses, superb diving and a fantastic location on the rural island of Chole, this is ideal if you want to get back to nature.


94% (28 reviews)
Kinasi Lodge

Kinasi Lodge

Kinasi is a small, personal beach lodge on Mafia Island that has the features of a larger hotel, including a large pool and spa.


82% (11 reviews)
Butiama Beach

Butiama Beach

Situated just west of Kilondoni, the main town on Mafia, Butiama Beach is a simple beach lodge with friendly managers and a laid back vibe.


94% (10 reviews)
Shamba Kilole

Shamba Kilole

Shamba Kilole is a charming Italian-owned eco-lodge on the coast of Mafia Island, with simple rooms and friendly owner-managers.


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Thanda Island

Thanda Island

Thanda Island is a high-end private island destination that caters to just one group of travellers at a time.


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