lies off the mainland close to the Rufiji Delta, just a short flight
from City of Dar es Salaam, Arusha Town, the Selous Game Reserve
or Zanzibar Island. The Mafia Island known as "Indian Ocean
Tropical Paradise Island" for beach holidays, water sports,
deep sea fishing, and one of the best diving destinations in the
world. The water is incredibly crystal clear, the variety of the
coral permits an unimaginable quantity and variety of fishes.
Chole Bay, Mafia's protected deep-water anchorage and the original
harbour, is studded with islands, sandbanks and beaches. The clear,
protected waters offer wonderful snorkelling, sailing and swimming,
scuba diving. Outside the bay unbroken reef runs the length of the
island, from Tutia in the south to Ras Mkumbi at the northern tip.
On the Island the rich variety of vegetation is dominated by large
palm groves. In some areas you will find baobab trees dotting the
typical African savannah. The mangroves play an extremely important
role by preventing coastal erosion. There are also fruit trees in
many areas, mainly mango and cashew trees.
Trip to Jibondo Island to watch the traditional hand - made fabrication
of dhows, enormous wooden boats, Boat Trip at Chole bays, Nature
Walk, Visiting Local Traditional African Markets. Day Tour of Mafia
October to the end of March is the best months for diving. But for
non-divers the months between May and October offer the best weather,
as January to March are hot and humid. The heavy rains come in March
and April, and lesser rains in October to mid-December.
Island Hotels & Beach Resorts
Resort - 5 Star (Small & Exclusive)
Special Offer 6 Days 5 Nights Full Board from US$900 per person.
(Names by "The Times" Travel & Leisure To 10
Secret Beaches in The World)
Resort - 4 Star
Special Offer 6 Days 5 Nights from US$900 per person.
Lodge - 3 Star
Special Offer 6 Days 5 Nights from US$295 per person.
Predators Safari Club