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Mafia Island

Mafia Island is a sleepy island located south of Zanzibar. Here, you can spend your days exploring exposed sand bars, fishing and diving. We recommend scuba diving on this island, especially during whale shark season. Mafia Island has long had a prominent place in the history of the East Coast of Africa, as it was a safe haven for ships to stop for water and for repairs. Mafia Island was a part of the sultanate of Kilwa during the 13th Century and prospered as a settlement during Kilwa’s rise as an economic power. The island has been visited by seafarers from the Gulf for two millennia and has seen Egyptian, Omani, Greco-Roman, Chinese, Portuguese and Turkish traders as well as French and American buccaneers and slavers in the 1800s. English and German colonizers have also gone to the island and left many remnants of their culture there, such as buildings. On this small cut-off island, you will find beautiful beaches, a relaxing pace of life, and many friendly locals. Depending on the season, you can swim with the whale sharks, spot humpback whales and even witness turtles nesting. This island is the definition of relaxation and while there are mostly luxury lodges on the island, it is definitely doable for budget backpackers. Anyone visiting Mafia Island in Tanzania will have no trouble falling in love with the place. Tanzanian culture and island life makes a very good combination. Mafia Island has enough visitors to warrant a comfortable set up of activities and lodges, while not being overrun or ruined by tourism. Mafia is a 30-minute flight from Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. It is home to the largest marine park in Africa and is a very good destination for spotting whale sharks.

When To Visit

You can visit Mafia Island at any time of the year, but we do not recommend you visit the Island during the rainy months of April, May and the beginning of June.

October - April: Swim with the Whale Shark
July - August: Migration of the Humpback Whales
June - August: Turtle Nesting Season
November, December and August: Great seasons for diving but also the busiest months on the island.


Whale Shark| Snorkeling | Fishing | Chole Island Tour | Humpback Whales | Sunset Cruise | Bird Watchong

Mafia Island Gallery

Typical Marine Life

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Mafia Island Accommodations 

We have selected and inspected these mid-range accommodations and be confident that they will meet your needs.  These are high-quality but affordable accommodations. 

Please select any of these hotels and we will create an itinerary that will suit your needs, taste, and interest.

Mafia Island Park Itineraries


Mafia Island

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How to Book For Your Trip ?

- Online: Fill up the online form to describe your dream trip.

- By Phone: Call us by phone to discu
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- THEN: We will reach out to you within 24 hours.

- FINALLY: Confirm and start parking.

Why Trust TanzAmerica Safaris?

  • We are local in Tanzania - No third party is involved.

  • Offices in Tanzania and USA - Easy to communicate.

  • Our itineraries are custom created to your wishes - No one size fits all package.

  • Small family owned and operated - 100% Focus on our guests.

  • Private Vehicles - You will enjoy the exclusive use of a private vehicle.

  • No hidden fees 

  • 24/7 in-country support

  • Five Star Reviews

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