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Explore the vibrant reefs of Chole Bay, where the diving highlight is undoubtedly the annual whale shark aggregation (Nov-Mar) where small males can be seen feeding in the channel.

Spend your week at Mafia Island Lodge, a small resort with a relaxed atmosphere. The lodge sits amidst palm trees on a beachfront location, along the shores of Chole Bay in the heart of a marine park.

This sleepy backwater on the Swahili coast offers great value and is an ideal winter escape. The waters of Chole Bay are home to vibrant and varied marine life. Expect turtles and possibly whale shark encounters at this time of year. It's also great for snorkellers. Diving on the outside of the bay there are plenty of vibrant walls and reefs to explore.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK

  2. Day 2: Transfer to Mafia Island

    After clearing immigration on the mainland at Dar es Salaam, you will board a light aircraft to take you over to Mafia Island, where you will be transferred to your resort for a week long stay. Rest of day at leisure.

  3. Days 3-7 : Dive Mafia Island

    Your diving package begins this morning. Enjoy a mix of dives in Chole Bay and the outer reefs. Expect a vibrant marine life, plenty of critters, drift dives at Kinasi Pass and wall diving for more advanced divers on the outside of the bay.
  4. Day 8: Day at leisure

    Relax at the resort or head out on an excursion on your last day.
  5. Day 9: Depart Tanzania

    Transfer to the airport for your flights back to the UK, landing the next day.
  6. Day 10: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 10 days from £1,995 pp
  • Single supplement: No additional cost
  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 7 nights resort (half board)
    • 8 dive pack
    • Tanks and weights
    • Transfers
Featured location:

Mafia Island

A sleepy backwater and remnant of the old Swahili coast, Mafia Island is reminiscent of the Zanzibar of thirty years ago. Chole Bay’s clear waters offer wonderful snorkelling, sailing and swimming, while outside the bay are some of the richest reefs in the world.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, hawksbill turtle, giant frogfish, southern stingray, white-tip reef shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Mafia Island Lodge

Located on the south coast of Mafia Island, in Chole Bay, this lodge stands amidst tall coconut palms on a sandy beach. It offers 34 air-conditioned rooms, each with verandah overlooking the gardens and bay.