Mafia Island

When people think of Tanzanian beaches, more times then not, their mind slips to Zanzibar and its endless, powder white coastline. A handful of wide-eyed wanderers will think of Mafia.

Yes, Mafia. Not home to a ravenous bunch of Italian mobsters but an idyllic set of islands, so off the beaten track, more than half the world have no idea it exists. Picture this: a sleepy archipelago, riddled with sandbanks, islets, coastal forests, mangrove forests, inland lagoons and kilometers of pristine coral reef. Now, add a sprinkle of culture, a dash of history and a whole lot of sunshine and there you have it – Mafia Island.

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Scuba Diving

We offer a variety of scuba diving adventures as well as the full range of PADI dive courses to suit all tastes and needs.

Diving for Certified Guest
All of Mafia’s diving is tide dependent, which means that our departure times, types of dives available, as well as the underwater conditions vary on a day-to-day basis. If your dates are somewhat flexible, we recommend getting in touch with us in advance so that we can recommend the best possible dates to visit!

Learn to dive
Our centre offers a course for everyone! From novice to continuing education to specific specialties.: we plan and schedule our courses as much as we can around our guests needs’ allowing for lazy, quality holiday time as well as completion of practical and dive theory to the highest standards possible.

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Mafia Island is a true remnant of the old swahili coast, a place unspoilt, unaffected by commercialism and timeless. The archipelago offers a wide variety of adventures to suit all tastes. You can be as adventurous or as laidback as you like whilst exploring all that the islands have to offer. Local people go about their traditional activities seemingly detached from the outside world. The main activity is fishing which is combined with the cultivation of staple foods and weaving of mats and baskets. 

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Mafia Island – Tanzania
Phone/WhatsApp: (+255) 759 774 085
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