Mafia Island Lodge

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Mafia Island Lodge

A unique destination that will delight post-safari adventurers, dive connoisseurs and anyone simply looking to escape on a remote beach paradise.

Mafia Island Lodge is a little tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean that's famous for deep-sea fishing and scuba diving; with an abundance of aquatic life and pristine coral gardens due to the protection of the Mafia Island Marine Park. It is the southernmost of three islands in the archipelago (along with Pemba & Zanzibar) located just 25km off the coast of Tanzania - reachable by light aircraft in 35 minutes or 45 minutes from Zanzibar and the Selous Game Reserve.

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  • Snorkelling can be done all year round in the sheltered and calm waters of Chole Bay.
  • Located close to a rural settlement which allows you to interact with locals and experience how they live day to day.
  • A pristine and unspoilt paradise for divers.

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  • If you are is looking for night life please note that this a quieter area.

$$Prices for Mafia Island Lodge start at: $100 per person per night, including breakfasts, and evening meals during low season.
Depending on room categories prices rise to $130 per person per night during peak season.
Check rates for your dates: 0843 634 2258

Price Promise: We guarantee that booking with us is cheaper than with the hotel direct and we will beat any other operator, agency or website.

This hotel is available throughout the year. Below are some prices for holidays on selected dates intended as a guide:

£13797 Nights at Mafia Island Lodge for 2 people in Superior Room.
Includes airport transfers and all meals.
Valid: 01 Jun – 31 Jul / 1 Nov – 19 Dec 2013 / 11 Jan - 30 April

Subject to availability. International flights to be quoted separately.

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Mafia Island Lodge - The Details

Mafia Island Lodge is nestled amongst tall palms on a sandy beach in Chole Bay. It has a welcoming, relaxed and laid-back atmosphere.

Mafia Island is in the heart of the marine park on South coast of Mafia. The warm, colourful waters of the Indian Ocean surrounding Mafia Island provide an ideal location for many sea activities. Aquatic life is abundant. The dual influences of the river and the sea create a rich biodiversity.

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.


Room Descriptions & Facilities

Each of the 34 rooms is set amongst coconut palms and boasts a garden and sea view from the veranda.

  • Air conditioning and fans
  • Twin and double beds are available
  • En-suite with air conditioning
  • Mosquito nets

Family Suite

There are 2 family suites comprising of 2 comfortable connecting rooms with a shared bathroom. These comfortably accommodate up to 5 guests.


Resort Services & Facilities


  • Board games, table tennis and volleyball.
  • Enjoy some of the best diving and snorkelling there is off the East African coast. There are over 400 species of fish inhabiting the reefs around Mafia.
  • A picnic lunch after sailing on a traditional dhow.
  • Sport fishing
  • Walking or biking on the nature trails.
  • Experience the friendly culture of the Swahili people with tours through the local villages.
  • Candlelit dinner.
  • Monthly dance parties dedicated to different genres of music...Traditional African rythmes, dance music, or even.... tango!

Restaurant and bar

An airy dining room, bar and large lounge terrace face the gardens and ocean, create a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. As the sun goes down, the bar becomes the ultimate chill out zone for sitting back with a happy hour cocktail while watching the beautiful African sunset. The cuisine is continental/Mediterranean with an emphasis on the freshly caught seafood.


  • Laundry service
  • Hot and cold water is available 24 hours a day
  • Hair dryers at reception
  • A gift shop
  • A free safety box at the reception

Community & Conservation

Mafia Island Lodge supports Karibuni Onlus, a non-profit organisation that has been supporting the local community since 1997. Project include:

  • Sponsoring children through school
  • Micro-project funding
  • Building water wells
  • The construction of a new primary school and a health care unit in Utende village.

Mafia Island Lodge - Opinions and Reviews

Unlike many operators we not only visit all the hotels we offer regularly but we also stay in them. Please find a few hints, tips and opinions from our staff plus some genuine feedback from our clients below.

We are THE Zanzibar experts and would be happy to discuss anything from this page and more anytime on 01227 753180.

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Need more info?

We are THE Zanzibar experts and would be happy to discuss anything from this page and more anytime on 01227 753 180

Price Promise: We guarantee that booking with us is cheaper than with the hotel direct and we will beat any other operator, agency or website.

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About Us

Pure Zanzibar Ltd
Registered in the UK
Company No. 5905581
ATOL Protected: No. 10212

Pure Zanzibar was started in 2006 and is still owner run and 100% independent.

We favor smaller more intimate lodges and camps and know the island better than anyone else.

Get in touch

Give us a call on:
01227 753 180
New York: (646) 513-4227
Cape Town: 021 300 2166

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24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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