Scheduled Group Date: 24 to 31 October 2020
Please note: The price below is based on a group package and you will be accompanied by Tridiving. If you like to go at a different date the price will be different. Please contact Sonja for more information
Price: 7 day Package Cost: (Includes a Chartered flight from Dar Es Salaam to Mafia)
Please note: We have 2 type of accommodation available hence the different in price below
Divers Package: From USD 1250 pp sharing or USD 1650 pp sharing, single option also available
Non Divers Package: From USD 900 pp sharing or USD 1350 pp sharing, single option also available
Please note: The Chartered Flight leave from Dar es Salaam to Mafia at 16H30. You need to land or be at 14:45 at the latest at Dar es Salaam International Airport to be in time for the Charted flight to Mafia Island at 16:30. This is organised just for our group at a special rate.
– Return Flights from Dar Es Salaam to Mafia Island
– 7 nights accommodation
– Half Board
– Tea, Coffee and water
– Transfers to and from the Airports, Dar Es Salaam and Mafia
– 8 dive package (for the divers)
– Free weights
– Snorkeling from shore
– Dive Guides
– Arranging of all the above by Tridiving
Flights to Dar Es Salaam (SAA fly the most direct from JHB to Dar Es Salaam),Tridiving made a group booking at R6600pp. (To be paid separately to Tridiving)
Flights to JHB
Whale shark snorkelling,
Motorbike trip over the Island,
Visiting the other islands
Manga Sand strip Barbeque
Other Extra activities
Marine Park fees of $24 per day, so $168 pp for 7 nights (To be paid at the Marine Reserve on Mafia Island)
Mafia Island is a relatively unknown and unexplored destination. The marine park was opened in 1996 and is in fact the biggest marine protected area in East Africa. Mafia boasts some of the best biodiversity with over 42 genera of corals and over 400 species of fish. It is also one of those rare gems in the world where the biggest fish in the sea, Whale Sharks, aggregate and feed in large numbers for part of the year. Examples of marine life you can find here are Nudibranches, Squids, Cuttlefish, Octopus, Spanish Dancers, Seahorses, Crocodile fish, harlequin shrimps, stingrays and Frogfish. We also get some slightly larger friends such as our resident lone barracuda – Leon and huge schools of trevally. This is always a single dive and is tide dependent. It is the perfect choice for macro enthusiasts, photography fanatics and divers who need an easy shallow dive to get started.
For more information and bookings contact:
Sonja Otto (PADI Instructor no 262664)
+27 82 5797595
Island Mafia Island off the coast of Tanzania must be one of the Indian Ocean’s most hidden gem. With white sandy beaches, dazzling aquamarine waters and refreshingly few tourists, Mafia is often described as Zanzibar 30 years ago. It is a relatively small island at only 435 km² with dimensions of 49 kilometres in length and 17 kilometres wide. Mafia Island is part of the Tanzanian Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Unguja, Pemba and Latham island. The name “Mafia” derives from the Arabic morfiyeh, meaning “group” or “archipelago” and from the Swahili mahali pa afya, meaning “a healthy dwelling-place”.
While Zanzibar has become a popular tourist resort, Mafia Island, only 160 km to the South, remains virtually unknown. Mafia Island is one of the safest places in the Indian Ocean and, unlike its more visited neighbours, you won’t feel like you’re constantly bumping shoulders with other tourists. The Mafia Archipelago is truly breath-taking. Scattered over the Indian Ocean 21 km off the Rufiji River Delta in central Tanzania and surrounded by a barrier reef teeming with marine life. Here you can find over 50 genera of corals, more than 460 species of fish and various species of turtles.
Mafia Island’s history goes back to the 8th century. The island once played a major role in ancient trade between the people of East Asia and East Africa. It was a regular stop for Arab boats. On the tiny island of Chole Mjini, just offshore in Chole Bay, once stood a settlement that constituted one of the most important towns controlling trade from the silver mines of Eastern Zimbabwe, which reached the town via the old ports of Kilwa and Michangani.
Mafia Island is the largest of a small archipelago of islands and atolls and is truly a paradise in the Indian Ocean. It is the southern most of three islands (Pemba & Zanzibar) located off the coast of Tanzania. 25kms from the mainland and 130kms from Dar es Salaam
Mafia Island – Wildlife
The islands are inhabited by a great diversity of wildlife, with hippos residing in a pool at the centre of the island and sykes and vervet monkeys, galagos bushbabies, blue duiker, genet cats and wild pigs and numerous birds in the forests and bush. Humpback whales are the only species with a definite season; June to November they are here, although peak months are certainly August and September. This create incredible encounters that we can enjoy from the boat, either during a surface interval of a ‘double dive’ trip or during the 2-hour ‘ocean safari’ trip.
How to get there:
Fly to Dar Es Salaam
For South Africans, the best is to fly with SAA, which is the most direct flight from Johannesburg. Group booking has been made with SAA by Tridiving for R6600 pp (please let us know)
From Dar Es Salaam: Small aircraft planes to Mafia Island. Normal price about USD 250 but Tridiving organised a chartered Plane, included in the package price.