Team Staff

At Mafia Island Diving, we believe in promoting local talent, the majority of our staff are from Mafia or from other Tanzanian regions. Our future goal is to internally train all our staff to Divemaster level, giving them an added, valuable skill and perhaps a new found passion for diving. All our Staff are extremely safety orientated and dedicated to providing a personal, excellent service to each of our clients.


At the centre we have Danielle, David and Sufi whom are all PADI certified Instructors. They are able between them to teach courses in English, French, German, Spanish and Swahili. Each of our instructors have years of experience diving in East Africa and are all safety conscious and strive to deliver a memorable experience as well as adhering to the highest possible standards.
Kwaza, our Divemaster has years of experience leading and co-ordinating dive trips in Mafia. Always provides a safe and fun adventure and will go the extra mile to make your encounter with Mafian marine creatures exceptional. Seifu must also be mentioned, he is the man who stays well into the hours of the night filling tanks and manning the compressor. He is an excellent part of our team whose dedication has no limits.


All our tour guides are local and therefore have first hand experience of all the areas we offer to discover. They are able to tell you stories of the people and the islands that no historian could. They are all extremely motivated to provide the best service possible and are all extremely safety conscious and prepared to go to lengths to ensure your trip exceeds your expectations. Halfani, Juma, Hamisi, Haji and Shabani are all entheusiastic to learn and are some of the friendliest people on the Island.

Fundi's and Boat Captains

We have a great boat team at our centre to ensure all is in working order and that the boat trips run smoothly and safely. Our captains; Badi, Yahaia, Maulidi, Hassani and Mwalimu will look after you and use their vast experience of Mafia's waters to bring you the best boat experience possible. They are all very conscientious of the underwater environment and are all extremely safety orientated. They have ransformed their livelihoods from catching fish to taking people to see them which in its own right is commendable.
Our fundi's or handymen; Saidi and Mfaumwe are the guys behind the scenes making everything happen. They constantly check the boat condition and make sure it is seaworthy to embark on all our adventures. Being Mafian they are familiar with the old practice of building dhows which is such an enchanting experience that it shouldn't be read about – only seen.


Arafa, Mwatimwa and Asheli are in the middle of the paper storm of the business. Receiving money, answering calls, filling invoices and so on and so forth. They are polite nd always happy to help whomever asks. They are entheusiastic individuals with warm smiles and kind tendancies towards all that cross paths with them. Mwatimiwa is also the carer of our resident cats, Nitro and Narco.