• Mafia Island Diving
  • Pole Pole Lodge
  • Pole Pole Lodge, Mafia Island
  • Pole Pole Lodge, Mafia Island

Mafia Island Diving Holiday

Mafia Island is one of those rare off the beaten track beach destinations – a real paradise for nature lovers & divers and the perfect place for complete relaxation. A protected Marine National Park and one of Africa’s best dive destinations, where whale sharks can be observed between October and March.


Catch a short internal flight to Mafia Island. There are daily flight options from Dar es Salaam and other safari destinations in Tanzania.

On arrival on Mafia Island you will be met and transferred to Pole Pole Lodge.

The Mafia Archipelago is situated about 150 km south of Zanzibar and comprises a number of islands and uninhabited coral atolls. The island was an important trading post during the 11-13th Centuries. Today, designated as a Marine National Park, it is known for its diverse and spectacular natural environment. Chole Bay is a meeting place of large oceanic fish and a vast variety of reef fish, altogether over 400 species, whilst some of the uninhabited islands are breeding grounds for giant turtles. With only few lodges within the whole Archipelago, it is one of those rare off the beaten track beach destinations – a real paradise for nature lovers & divers and the perfect place for complete relaxation.

Overnight at Pole Pole Bungalows or similar, Full board basis

DAY 2-7

Full days to relax and enjoy the various activities around the Mafia Archipelago.

There are different types of activities or excursions:  by boat, by 4×4 car or walking and light trekking. The activities in the marine park are scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and visiting the local villages. The lodge organises boat excursions and picnics to isolated islets, sandbanks or islands every day, according to the tide.

Included in your package is a daily boat excursion in Chole Bay and 6 x Dive Package. (All additional activities for own account).

The 6 Dive Package dives can be used for shore dives, dives inside and outside the bay. Dives on the southern sandbanks can also be included but a surcharge will be charged as it requires a 2 hour transfer, and can be coupled with whale watching – an added paying excursion. 

The excellent condition and high diversity of the reefs stimulated the creation of Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania’s first marine park. Although almost all Mafia’s best diving is at depths of less than 30m, the snorkeling on the shallow reefs surrounding the many islands in and around Chole Bay is a great attraction for non-divers and divers alike. Between October – March, snorkelling with whale sharks can be arranged.

Overnight at Pole Pole Bungalows or similar, Full board basis


After breakfast and a relaxing morning, you will be transferred from your lodge to nearby airstrip for your return flight to Dar es Salaam.

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The above itinerary is a suggested sample tour and can be tailored to suit your requirements, interests and budget.

Price is subject to availability and subject to change due to currency fluctuation and peak season supplements.

Terms and Conditions apply.




Year round excl April & May


On request


Accommodation & meals, Diving, Activities & Marine Park Fees as indicated

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