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Mafia is a relatively unknown and untouched island, 160 kms south of Zanzibar, where rustic fishing communities and farming villages go about their lives in a way that has existed for generations. Just to the north lies the exclusive Thanda Island and to the south is the even lesser known Fanjove with one small rustic lodge providing the ultimate escape. The islands are accessible by air from Dar with Fanjove and Thanda requiring an extra boat trip, or private helicopter charter.

The easy going, slow pace of life is taken to a greater extreme than the other islands and offers a wonderful option for travellers looking for a truly off the beaten track and adventurous experience.

The islands have incredible marine life is under the protection of the extensive Mafia Island Marine Park/Songo Songo Archipelago which includes many stunning reefs, different species of nesting turtles and resident whale sharks. It is for this reason this is without doubt one of the finest areas for diving and snorkelling in the Indian Ocean.

A real “lifestyle” option for the active and open-minded. Some very cool and life enriching accommodation options.

In Mafia: Totally unique and extraordinary is Chole Mjini Lodge. Mainstream and comfortable lodges are Pole Pole and Kinasi.

Thanda Island offers an exclusive island hideaway for 10-26 people. In Fanjove, the only but truly wonderful option: Fanjove Lodge.

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Mafia Island

Chole Mjini Lodge

A truly unique and extraordinary island lodge, Chole Mjini can be found on the small and commerically untouched Chole Island which lies...

S&B Rating:
$150 Per person, per night  
Chole Mjini Lodge

Kinasi Lodge

Kinasi is a small beach lodge located on the main Mafia Island overlooking Chole Bay and a number of the surrounding islands...

S&B Rating:
$300 Per person, per night  
Kinasi Lodge

Pole Pole Lodge

This small and intimate lodge has seven bungalow suites, set within tropical gardens, overlooking the blue sea of Chole Bay - the core ...

S&B Rating:
$250 Per person, per night  
Pole Pole Lodge

Surrounding Islands

Fanjove Private Island

Fanjove Island a wonderful tropical island, part of the Songo Songo Archipeligo, off the southern coast of Tanzania. At this rare priv...

S&B Rating:
$320 Per person, per night  
Fanjove Private Island

Thanda Island

Thanda Island is a new and exciting Indian Ocean private retreat, just off the coast of Tanzania, near Mafia Island, Thanda offers exc...

S&B Rating:
$10 Per person, per night  
Thanda Island

Places to Stay

Chole Mjini Lodge

A truly unique and extraordinary island lodge, Chole Mjini can be found on the small and commerically untouched Chole Island which lies...

S&B Rating:
$150 Per person, per night  
Chole Mjini Lodge

Kinasi Lodge

Kinasi is a small beach lodge located on the main Mafia Island overlooking Chole Bay and a number of the surrounding islands...

S&B Rating:
$300 Per person, per night  
Kinasi Lodge

Pole Pole Lodge

This small and intimate lodge has seven bungalow suites, set within tropical gardens, overlooking the blue sea of Chole Bay - the core ...

S&B Rating:
$250 Per person, per night  
Pole Pole Lodge

Thanda Island

Thanda Island is a new and exciting Indian Ocean private retreat, just off the coast of Tanzania, near Mafia Island, Thanda offers exc...

S&B Rating:
$10 Per person, per night  
Thanda Island

Thanda Island

Tanzania, Mafia

Fanjove Private Island

Tanzania, Mafia

Chole Mjini Lodge

Tanzania, Mafia

Kinasi Lodge

Tanzania, Mafia

Pole Pole Lodge

Tanzania, Mafia

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