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%
(85 reviews)

Having been off grid for the rest of our honeymoon we had mixed emotions about moving onto Pole Pole for the last part of our trip but Pole Pole has a good balance between ... 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  95%
(23 reviews)

The treehouses at Chole Mjini are pretty magical and kept us dry even in a torrential storm! We loved the experience of staying in the treehouses and Chole Mjini has clearly ... Chole Mjini Lodge 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)

We were looking forward to Kinasi greatly and it was such a disappointment. Our flight and taxi were fine but on arrival at the gates of the marine park it seemed we were ... Kinasi 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  95%
(8 reviews)

nice dives and friendly staff at diving club best location for hotel in Mafia (nicer beach) slow service staff not always very friendly Butiama Beach 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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