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WELCOME TO MAFIA ISLAND LODGE

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Mafia Island Lodge is situated on a picturesque beach in the Mafia Marine Park, Mafia Island Lodge invites you to take a plunge into warm, tropical surrounding waters to relax and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

The Mafia Island Lodge stands amidst tall palms on a sandy beach in Chole Bay, in the heart of the marine park near Utende village on South coast of Mafia.

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Mafia Island is the largest of a small archipelago of islands and atolls and is truly a paradise in the Indian Ocean. It is the southern most of three islands (Pemba & Zanzibar) located off the coast of Tanzania. 25kms from the mainland and 130kms from Dar es Salaam, it is reachable by light aircraft in 35 minutes or 45 minutes from Zanzibar and the Selous Game Reserve.
The resident population of 46,000 are mainly fishermen or smallholder farmers that grow coconut, paw-paw, rice and cassava. The islanders are friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere relaxed and laid-back.
The dominant religion is moderate Islam and both christians and muslims live in peace and harmony. The air and sea temperatures remain warm all year round with the rainy season between April to June.
Today Mafia is known as a beautiful Indian Ocean tropical resort that is famous for deep sea fishing and scuba diving. Aquatic life is abundant and the coral gardens are pristine due to the protection of the Mafia Island Marine Park. The park is located between the Rufiji River delta to the west and the open Indian Ocean to the east. The dual influences of the river and the sea have combined to create a rich and exceptional biodiversity with unique landscapes under the sea and on dry land. It is 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.

ACCOMMODATION

The Mafia Island Lodge stands amidst tall palms on a sandy beach in Chole Bay, in the heart of the marine park near Utende village on South coast of Mafia.

14 Superior rooms, 18 Standard rooms and 2 Family rooms are set among the coconut palms with their own veranda overlooking the bay. They are all self-contained with air conditioning. Twin and double beds are available. Among the 34 rooms there are 2 family Suites, which are made out of 2 comfortable connecting rooms with one sharing bathroom, each one with its own veranda overlooking garden and sea. They may comfortably accommodate a max of 5 guests. All our rooms have garden and sea view. Hot and cold water is available 24 hours a day.
The main lodge has a relaxing atmosphere with a large open restaurant, bar and lounge area. Board games, table tennis and volleyball are also available.

Other facilities include a gift shop, laundry service, excursions, snorkelling, sailing and scuba diving.
The cuisine is continental with an emphasis on seafood.
Snacks, sandwiches and bitings are also available.

Renewed Beach Bar
Located on our beautiful beach - the only one in Chole Bay unaffected by tide - our Beach Bar offers light lunches and early afternoon fare such as salads, sandwiches and freshly caught fish, complemented by a fully-stocked bar.
As the sun goes down, it becomes the ultimate chillout zone for sitting back with a happy hour cocktail while watching the beautiful African sunset. We will also be offering intimate candlelit dinners, perfect for celebrating occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, honeymoons or simply the pleasure of sampling our special menus on request.
The bar's open, generous size makes it the perfect spot for monthly dance parties dedicated to different genres of music...Traditional African rythmes, dance music, or even.... tango!

ACTIVITIES

The warm, colourful waters of the Indian Ocean surrounding Mafia Island provide an ideal location for many sea activities.
Enjoy some of the best diving and snorkeling there is off the East African coast exploring the many coral reefs that are teaming with tropical marine life.
There are over 400 species of fish inhabiting the reefs around Mafia.

Mafia Island Lodge's affiliated dive center, Mafia Island Diving, offers diving courses in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Swahili. With a highly experienced team of both local and expatriate instructors and dive masters, it is likely one of the best-staffed PADI-affiliated dive centers in Tanzania. Click on Sea Point logo for detailed info about staff, facilities, excursions and diving courses.

The best months for scuba diving are September to March & snorkelling can be done all year round in the sheltered, calm waters of Chole Bay.
Many islets and natural, unspoilt sandbars surround Mafia Island.
One can enjoy a picnic lunch at one of these locations after sailing there on a traditional dhow.

There are also the options of sport fishing, walking or biking on the nature trails, and other beach activities that can be enjoyed.
Chole island is home to a large colony of Comoros Flying Foxes or fruit bats found only in Mafia and the Comoro Islands and there are also some ancient ruins remaining on a few of the islets.
The ruins date back to the 15th century from the first Arab settlers and are interesting to visit.

One can also experience the friendly culture of the Swahili people with tours through the local villages. There is a day trip to the Northern part of Mafia where you will get the to experience of the full diversity of the fauna and flora on the island, as well as see some of Mafia's most pristine and beautiful beaches.

TRAVEL TO MAFIA

Mafia Island lies approximately 25 kilometers off the Tanzanian coast, 130 kilometers from Dar es Salaam which takes approximately 35 minutes by air and 45 minutes from the Selous Game Reserve and Zanzibar Island.
Mafia is reachable by light aircraft only.

The resort is a 20 minute drive from Kilindoni, the main village and the airstrip and transfers can be arranged by Mafia Lodge.
Lodge is closed most of April and May, open from June on.

One can enjoy the beauty of Mafia even in the space of a weekend but generally, our guests spend at least 4 to 5 days.

If you would like to enjoy all the aquatic activities and inland excursions, we recommend you to stay between 5 and 10 days.
If you intend to do a scuba diving course for beginners or advanced, 5 dedicated days are required.

RATES OF MAFIA ISLAND LODGE
Season 2014-2015 (1st June 2014 to 30th April 2015)

Room type
Full Board
Half Board
B&B
Mafia island
Standard
$130
$115
$100
Mafia island
Superior
$150
$135
$120
Mafia island
Family Suites
$130
$115
$100

Rates and high season supplement are per person per night
Bed & Breakfast rates are not applicable in high season
(20 Dec – 10 Jan, 1 – 31 Aug)

High season supplement
1st - 31st August and 20th december - 10th January
Month of May closed for the rainy season.
Mafia Island Lodge Restaurant prices: Lunch: 25 $ - Dinner: 25 $

RATES INCLUDE
Breakfast and Lunch or Dinner in HB.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in FB.
Breakfast in Bed & Breakfast.
Tea and coffee; 1 bottle of water per room per day.
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE
Drinks and Extras.
Lunch in the Half Board meal plan / Lunch and Dinner in Bed&Breakfast (25$ per person per meal).
Transfer to and from airport.
Marine Park Fees (US$ 20.00 per person per day) to be paid cash or credit card at Park Gate before reaching the Lodge; please note that Mafia Island Lodge cannot pay or advance cash for the Marine Park Fees in any circumstance.
Tourism Development Levy: 1.50$ per person per night.
CHILD POLICY
0-3 years free.
4-12 years 50% OFF official rates.
SUPPLEMENTS
High season supplement: $ 15 per person per night
Single occupancy supplement: +20% of official rates
3rd Adult Sharing: 25% OFF official rates
New Year and Christmas Dinner: supplement of 25$ on the 25 th and 31 st of December (including special dinner and a glass of wine)
TRANSFER
Transfer Airstrip Lodge Airstrip Us$ 18.00 per person per way
(Min 2 Pax). Children 50%
1 Pax Transfer Us$ 30.00 per Way
Special Rates for Group Transfer (Min 4 Pax) Us$ 12.00 per
Way. Children 50%
Special packages for groups and long stay guests available upon request.

 



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