Mafia Island Resort

Mafia Island is the largest of a small archipelago of islands and atolls and is truly a paradise in the Indian Ocean. This idyllic island is the southern most of three islands (Pemba & Zanzibar) located off the coast of Tanzania. The resident population of 46,000 are mainly fishermen or smallholder farmers that grow coconut, paw-paw, rice and cassava. The islanders are friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere relaxed and laid-back.

The lodge consists of 14 Superior rooms, 18 Standard rooms and 2 Family rooms with their own veranda overlooking the bay. They are all self-contained with air conditioning. Among the 34 rooms there are 2 family Suites, which are 2 comfortable connecting rooms with one shared bathroom, each one with its own veranda overlooking garden and sea. They may comfortably accommodate a max of 5 guests. All our rooms have garden and sea views. Hot and cold water is available 24 hours a day. The main lodge has a relaxing atmosphere with a large open restaurant, bar and lounge area.

Today Mafia is known as a beautiful Indian Ocean tropical resort that is famous for deep sea fishing and scuba diving. Aquatic life is abundant and the coral gardens are pristine due to the protection of the Mafia Island Marine Park. The park is located between the Rufiji River delta to the west and the open Indian Ocean to the east. The dual influences of the river and the sea have combined to create a rich and exceptional biodiversity with unique landscapes under the sea and on dry land. It is a unique and perfect destination as part of a safari package or simply a place to unwind and get away from the daily, modern and busy world.The Mafia Island Lodge sits among tall swaying palms on a sandy beach in dreamy Chole Bay, in the heart of the marine park near Utende village on South coast of Mafia. Board games, table tennis and volleyball are available. Other facilities include a gift shop, laundry service, excursions, snorkeling, sailing and, of course, scuba diving.

The cuisine is continental with an emphasis on seafood. Snacks, sandwiches and small bites are also available. Located on the beautiful beach, the Beach Bar offers light lunches and early afternoon fare such as salads, sandwiches and freshly caught fish, complemented by a fully-stocked bar. As the sun goes down, it becomes the ultimate chillout zone for sitting back with a happy hour cocktail while watching the beautiful African sunset. The lodge also offers intimate candlelit dinners, perfect for celebrating occasions or simply the pleasure of sampling the special menus on request.

The bar's open, generous size makes it the perfect spot for monthly dance parties dedicated to different genres of music...Traditional African rythmes, dance music, or even.... tango!

Mafia Island is located 25 km from the mainland and 130 km from Dar es Salaam, it is reachable by light aircraft in 35 minutes or 45 minutes from Zanzibar and the Selous Game Reserve.

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