Mafia Island makes it perfect for diving, snorkeling, deep-sea and fishing
The world’s largest fish are such regulars in Mafia that scientists started to name them.One of the biggest things to do on Mafia Island is swimming with Whale Sharks .
On these excursions ,we will enable you see village life as it has always been, with almost none of the trappings of the modern day.
Here you can visit a local Market,Kilindoni.
Mafia Islands capital, Kilindoni, is small and welcoming. In it lies the jetty, where the fisherman and ferries come and go, as well as the single runway airport. On the main street is a calm, spread out market which sells everything from fruit to football kits. In the evening, women set up tables and chairs in the streets where you can go to sample some local food at insanely cheap prices
Take a Tour of Chole Island
Just off Mafia is an even smaller Island, Chole, home to just 1000 residents. Time here seems to have stopped altogether on this island where there are no cars. Walking through the maze of paths cut into the palm trees, you will see the mud huts that the people live in and the various crafts and trades they carry out to make a living. Also on the island is a huge protected nesting site for the worlds largest bats, the Flying Fox.
4.. DIVE IN THE PROTECTED MARINE PARK
Mafia is also a great place to go diving. The Marine Protected area has resulted in healthy corals and lots of variety of life
Chole Mjini is a VERY special lodge on the tiny island of Chole (20-minute boat ride from Mafia Island). Guests get a private treehouse built around huge Bao trees. Your room is open so you can look at the view of the trees and ocean from the treetops.
Chole Island had just 220 visitors in 2018 so remains very untouched. It’s quite a unique place and combining it with a stay at the unique Chole Mnjini really will be the icing on the cake!
On the most Northerly point of the Island, you will find a preserved lighthouse. Everyone we spoke to gave a different date for when it was built so who knows what is right…but it is old! This is an area of the Island most visitors don’t normally visit so it’s nice to see. You can get there by tuk-tuk or taxi or you can even hire your own piki-piki (motorbike) for the day. There are also some untouched beaches on the North of the island where you can stop for a swim.
Between the months of August – September, humpbacks migrate past Mafia Island. Daily tours leave to go view these huge creatures, often spotting mothers and their calves.
Tucked out the way in the Marine Park is a beautiful lagoon, this really is Mafia Island’s best-kept secret. Swim in a pool full of upside-down jellyfish and take in the impossibly blue waters. On the boat ride too and from the lagoon, look out for monkeys in the trees!
JUST SWITCH OFF AND RELAX
Mafia Island is beautifully quiet. You will hear the phrase ‘pole pole’, meaning slowly, as the locals will never move faster than snail’s pace. It is the islands biggest selling point. Enjoy this slice of paradise, which is void of tourists.
KARIBU SANA….YA KIPEKEE!
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