Mafia Island

Best 6 beach lodges and resorts in Mafia Island

Mafia isn’t a place for easy backpacking, but rather a place for budget travellers, who head straight through town and over to one of the more upmarket small lodges on Chole Island for example.
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Pole Pole

Pole Pole

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Pole Pole is a lovely relaxed beach lodge, built in 1998, and set among coconut palms, on a hillside sloping up from the beach, ...More about Pole Pole

Excellent  94%
(96 reviews)

One long stretch of relaxation, beautiful beach and bungalows, amazing tides, all staff very caring and kind. Snorkelling was fabulous, as was the trip to Chole island, ... Pole Pole reviews...

Chole Mjini Lodge

Chole Mjini Lodge

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Chole Mjini is one of the most original small lodges that we know in East Africa. It stands on Chole Island, just off the coast ...More about Chole Mjini Lodge

Excellent  96%
(27 reviews)

What a fun and original place to stay - we LOVED the fact that it was so eco - with no electricity and living in baobab tree houses - we loved the fact that we had to heat ... Chole Mjini Lodge reviews...

Butiama Beach

Butiama Beach

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Butiama Beach opened on the west coast of Mafia Island in 2010. The lodge is a stroll along the beach to the west of the island's ...More about Butiama Beach

Excellent  94%
(10 reviews)

The thing that struck us with Butiama was the service - William and his team were INCREDIBLY polite and helpful - This place was absolutely paradise ! we had beautiful rooms, ... Butiama Beach reviews...

Kinasi Lodge

Kinasi Lodge

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Kinasi opened its doors in 1996 on a quiet beach on Mafia Island overlooking Chole Bay, within the Mafia Island Marine Park. ...More about Kinasi Lodge

Good  80%
(10 reviews)

Food was disappointing. I expected a much higher calibre. The staff were lovely and tried hard but communication was a bit hit or miss and I didn't feel the management ... Kinasi Lodge reviews...

Shamba Kilole

Shamba Kilole

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This Italian, owner-run eco-lodge on the east side of Mafia offers very pleasant, simple accommodation with excellent cooking ...More about Shamba Kilole

Thanda Island

Thanda Island

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Situated about 28km off the Tanzanian coast, and 13km north of the laid-back island of Mafia, the tropical Thanda Island (also ...More about Thanda Island

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