Scheduled Group Date: 11 to 21 December for the 10 day package
Mafia Island Cost: 10 day Package Cost:
10 Day Package: $2519 pp sharing, single supplement of $500 apply. Includes the return flights from Dar to Mafia, Mafia Marine Reserve fees ($24 per day pp), Manga sand strip fish braai, 8 dives.
Please note: The Chartered Flight leave from Dar Es Salaam to Mafia at 6H30 in the morning. You need to land or be at Dar Es Salaam International Airport at 4:30 in the morning on the 11th of December to be in time for the Charted flight leaving for Mafia Island. The Chartered flight from Zanzibar to Mafia is organised just for our group at a special rate.
–10 nights accommodation in the Superior rooms at Mafia Island Lodge
– Full Board
– Transfer from the International Airport to the Airport flying to Mafia
– Transport from Mafia airport to the lodge (1 hour)
– Tourism development levy fees per person
– Marine Park fees of USD24 per day (excluded for the 7 day package)
– 8 dive package (for the divers)
– Free weights
– Whale shark snorkelling,
– Snorkeling from shore
– Manga Sand strip Barbeque
– Dive Guides on the boat
– Qualified PADI Scuba Instructor available for Refreshers or any courses needed
– Organising by Tridiving
Flights to Dar Es Salaam
Extra Dives above package dives
Far Dives tax, for the more experienced divers, an extra reef tax will apply
Motorbike trip over the Island,
Visiting the other islands
4 x 4 Trips
Other Extra activities
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. You also get some slightly larger friends such as the resident lone barracuda – Leon and huge schools of trevally.
Giant Trevally (GT)
The Manga Sandbar during Low tide:
Perfect for a great scuba dive or snorkelling followed by a Fish braai.
The Restaurant area
For more information and bookings contact:
Sonja Otto (PADI Instructor no 262664)
+27 82 5797595
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 Island is part of the Tanzanian Zanzibar Archipelago.
The Mafia Archipelago is truly breath-taking. 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 bush babies, 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.
Our dive boat
How to get there:
To Dar Es Salaam
We are still waiting to see which airlines we will use. At the moment it will be Kenya airlines via Nairobi which will leave at 17;35 in the afternnoon of the 10th Dec and land at 1:15 am on the 11th Dec at Dar Es Salaam.
From Dar Es Salaam to Mafia:
Small aircraft planes to Mafia Island. The flight from Dar Es Salaam to Mafia is included in the 10 day package. Normal price about USD 350 pp return but Tridiving have organised reduced rate with a chartered Plane and this flight is included in the 10 day package price.