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Mafia Island

Dive into Paradise: Unveil the Underwater Wonders of Mafia Island, Tanzania!

Embark on the ultimate whale shark adventure as you plunge into the mesmerizing depths of Mafia Island, Tanzania. Where these gentle giants gracefully glide through the ocean currents. Renowned for its pristine coral reefs and crystal-clear waters, this hidden gem promises a unique scuba diving experience. Immerse yourself in a world of vibrant marine life, from colourful coral gardens to exotic fish species.
Whether you're a seasoned diver or a novice, this Tanzanian gem invites you to dive into an extraordinary world beneath the waves.
Beyond the underwater wonders, indulge in the island's rich history with a captivating tour of Chole Island, where ancient ruins and local culture await exploration. Join us for a scuba diving odyssey that goes beyond the ordinary, unveiling the secrets of Mafia Island in an adventure-packed journey you won't soon forget!

Next trip: 21 to 29 November 2024

 Price:
From R 30 999 pp sharing (Butiama Marine Camp Safari Tent)
and
From R34 999 pp sharing (Butiama Marine Camp Rooms)

 

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Where is Mafia Island?

Mafia Island is located in the magnificent southern circuit of Tanzania and Zanzibar and is part of a fascinating array of parks, wildlife reserves and Indian Ocean islands. Mafia Island and its reefs are renowned as an excellent, world-class diving destination.

The Dive Centre and Lodge is situated in the Marine Park in Utende, which is in the South-East of Mafia Island. Fully equipped Dive Centre with on-site accommodation, a beach restaurant and uninterrupted views over Chole Bay. You can visit the smaller islands to see the historic ruins and magnificent fruit bats and snorkel with whale sharks.

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Package Details

What’s Included:

 

What’s Excluded:

  • Return flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 Nights’ accommodation Butiama Marine Camp
    *(Two accommodation options are available, please see below)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Dinner daily
  • 8 x Dives
  • 1 x ½ day Whale Shark Snorkelling (includes transport & water)
  • 1 x Chole Island Tour (2-3 hours includes transport  & water)
  • Arrival transfer in Dar es Salaam to Onomo Hotel for day use, transfer from hotel to Karambezi Cafe and transfer back to the airport.
 
  • Airport departure taxes +- R7700.00
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Bed Levy of $1.50 per person per night, total
    approx. $10.50 (payable upon departure)
  • Marine Park fee is $23.60 per person per night, total approx. $165.20 (payable upon entrance by CREDIT CARD only)
  • Additional diving/excursions not included
  • Dinner and drinks at Karambezi Café - for own account

Accommodation Options

We offer our guests different options for their accommodation needs whilst they are staying on Mafia Island.

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Butiama Marine Camp Rooms

Package price from R34 999 pp sharing

 

Butiama Marine Camp Safari Tent

Package price from R30 999 pp sharing

  • Double Bungalow 
    2 Single Beds (convertible to a double)
  • Twin Bungalow
    2 Single Beds
  • Triple Bungalow
    A single bed and a double bed that can be converted to 2 single beds
 
  • Double Tent
    2 Single Beds
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Located a stone-throw away from the Diving Centre, there are several bungalows. These recently updated bungalows offer private bathrooms with hot water, outside seating, air conditioning, and beds with mosquito nets. Linen and towels are provided.    Located in the gardens behind the Diving Centre, there are several safari tents. These tents have a light, power socket, twin beds and safety deposit boxes inside. They have access to well-kept communal toilets and showers. Linen and towels are provided. 
DETAILS:
  • Different rooms sleep 2 or 3 Guests
  • Outdoor Lounge
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite Bathroom with Shower
  • Mosquito nets
 

 DETAILS:

  • Sleeps 2 Guests
  • 2 Single Beds
  • 2 Safari Chairs
  • Communal Showers
  • Sprayed for mosquitos every evening

ITINERARY

Day 1 
Depart Johannesburg on your Airlink flight to Dar Es Salaam at 08h35 landing at 13h00.
Depart Dar Es Salaam on your Auric Air Services flight to Mafia Island at 15h00 landing at 15h30.
On arrival, it is approximately a 5km road transfer to Butiama Lodge.
Day 2 – 7 
Spend your days at leisure and enjoy an 8 dives package. More dives can be arranged including a muck dive.
Enjoy a long morning out at sea to snorkel with whale sharks and you will be visiting Chloe Island across the bay on another excursion too.
Day 8 
Check out and transfer to the airport for your Auric Air Services flight to Dar Es Salaam at 15h45 landing at 16h15.
Transfer from the airport to a day-use hotel. In the evening you will enjoy dinner and drinks at a lovely beach-front hotel in the bustling city.
Day 9
Get ready to leave for the airport to catch your Airlink flight at 3h25 landing in Johannesburg at 6h10.

Diving Highlights

Mafia Island beckons adventure seekers to its pristine waters. Imagine gliding through crystal-clear depths adorned with vibrant coral gardens, encountering a kaleidoscope of marine life from schools of tropical fish to elegant rays. With its untouched coral reefs, historic shipwrecks, and the chance to explore underwater caves, Mafia Island is a scuba diver's paradise.

Muck Diving

From amazing marine megafauna to a macro paradise. A muck dive is available on request where you may find ghost pipefish dancing in pairs, beautifully decorated scribbled pipefish, seahorses, tiny frogfish, harlequin shrimp and more. This dive is in shallow water a short boat ride away, here, you can enjoy a relaxed and extra long macro dive.

Excursions

Whale Shark Snorkeling 

(Included in the package price)

Embarking on a whale shark excursion on Mafia Island is an awe-inspiring adventure that defines the epitome of underwater thrill. Known as one of the premier locations for encountering these gentle giants, Mafia Island offers a unique opportunity to snorkel alongside the world's largest fish. The whale shark excursions are expertly guided by knowledgeable instructors who lead participants to key hotspots where these magnificent creatures gracefully cruise through the azure waters. These encounters allow guests to witness the sheer enormity and grace of these majestic creatures up close.

The excursions are thoughtfully designed to prioritize both the safety of the participants and the conservation of the whale sharks and their natural habitat. As you navigate the Indian Ocean's depths during these extraordinary encounters, you'll create memories that transcend the ordinary, making a whale shark excursion on Mafia Island an unforgettable highlight.

This excursion takes place on the opposite side of the island and includes transport, your boat charter and guide as well as water for the trip out at sea.

A Whale Shark excursion is included in the package price, you are welcome to book more if you wish to, once you are there.

Visit Chole Island 

(Included in the package price)
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History

Embark on an enriching excursion to Chole Island, delving into a tapestry of history and culture. A short boat ride away, Chole Island reveals its secrets through ancient ruins and a vibrant local community. Explore the remnants of a bygone era with visits to historical sites such as the 19th-century Chole Mjini ruins, offering a glimpse into the island's Swahili past. Stroll through the narrow lanes of Chole Village, where traditional homes and local craftsmanship showcase the island's authentic charm. Engage with the friendly locals and witness the daily rhythms of island life. 

Flying foxes

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Chole Island introduces visitors to a unique and captivating spectacle—the flying foxes. As dusk descends upon this tropical paradise, witness the skies come alive with the mesmerizing flight of these giant fruit bats. With wingspans stretching up to a meter, the flying foxes gracefully soar through the twilight, creating an otherworldly display against the backdrop of the setting sun. Observing these nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat adds a touch of magic to the Chole Island experience, offering an unforgettable encounter with the fascinating wildlife that calls this island home.

Extra Optional Excursions

(Not included in the package price)

Chole Bay Snorkeling

 

Kua Lagoon & Ruins

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 Explore the underwater world of Chole Bay! A great trip for all experience levels. Enjoy discovering all of the sea life that Chole Bay has to offer. With an experienced guide, you will travel by Dhow to one of the many locations available for snorkelling in the area.
Your guide will give you a short introduction to using the equipment (if you are new to snorkelling), then take you into the water to show you the many different species that Chole Bay has to offer. You will be amazed by the vast array of colours, shapes and sizes!

Duration: 2-3 hours Booking Conditions Snorkelling locations are tide-dependent and times can vary. Includes: Boat trip, snorkelling equipment, guide, water.

 

 Explore the ruins of the old city of Kua, located on the west side of Juani. The 10th Century ruins were once an important trading centre, linking Africa to Asia. The reason for the decline of this city is still undetermined. Afterwards, head up a shallow channel to the Kua Lagoon – a fierce blue lagoon with a unique feature.
As the tide changes, the lagoon is a natural pool filled with upside-down jellyfish! When the lagoon is at low tide you can enjoy the view of crashing waves breaking on the exposed reef.

Duration: 4 hours. Booking Conditions This trip is tide dependent and times can vary. Includes: Transport to/from Juani, snorkelling equipment, guide, and water.

Mange Sandbank

 

 Sunset Cruize

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A must-do trip for anyone visiting Mafia Island! This remote sandbank offers a stunning scene of white sand and turquoise blue waters. Start with a leisurely trip in a traditional dhow to the sandbank situated south of Mafia Island. Enjoy snorkelling on the nearby reefs with colourful corals and a variety of fish species. Then for lunch, take a picnic on the sandbank with fire-cooked fish, salad, and pasta.

Take a swim in the clear calm water, and enjoy another snorkel in the nearby reef. Duration: Full day (approx. 10 hours) Booking Conditions Price based on a minimum of 4 people. Availability is subject to tide and weather conditions. Includes: Boat trip, snorkelling equipment, guide, lunch, tea, coffee and water. Excludes: Soft drinks and beers. A selection will be available and charged to your bill. This site is also available for diving.

   A popular choice for your romantic getaway… Head out on one of the traditional wooden dhows to experience the stunning sunset views from the sea. Your crew will raise the sail (wind permitting!) and you will have a chance to sail leisurely around the area, taking in the views, whilst sipping sparkling wine eating nibbles and watching the sun go down.

 

 
Please Note The Following:
 
-  Prices are subject to change in the event of price increases, airfares, exchange rate fluctuations & availability.
-  The exact price can only be confirmed at the time of final invoicing and final payment due date. If you would like to secure your 
price to avoid any fluctuations, we will provide you with a final invoice (calculated at the exchange rate at the time) and payment will need to be made in FULL within 24 hours of receipt of the invoice.
-  The tour package has been quoted on a sharing basis and an additional single supplement fee will be charged for singles.
-  The above prices are based on EFT payments (no cash or credit cards are accepted).
 

 

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