Mafia Island and the surrounding archipelago offer the discerning traveler the ultimate beach experience. With pristine beaches & beautiful waters, this little-visited Island is the perfect alternative to other Indian Ocean locations like Zanzibar and along the coast. The clear, protected waters offer wonderful diving, snorkeling, sailing and swimming.

Chole Mjini Lodge

Chole Mjini is a lodge built with 6 unique tree houses set amongst tropical gardens and Persian ruins on a tiny island off an island called Mafia. Mafia and Chole Islands are about 100 Kms south of Zanzibar, offshore from the Tanzania mainland’s Rufiji Delta.

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Kinasi Lodge

Kinasi Lodge is a boutique hotel on Mafia Island, approximately 100 km south of Dar es Salaam. A short ride across the island from the airport and the main town of Kilindoni, the lodge overlooks Chole Bay in Mafia Island Marine Park.

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Pole Pole Resort

Pole Pole is a luxury bungalow resort with tropical gardens and spectacular coastal views. Situated in the Utende area of Mafia Island, the resort is Archipelagos main base. It is set in a shady, breezy spot facing a sea of the deepest blue and looking over at the islands of Chole, Juani and Jibondo.

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Ras Mbisi Lodge


This is a sustainably-built lodge on the west coast of the beautiful island of Mafia, Tanzania. Ras Mbisi offers you ‘barefoot luxury’: a retreat that is effortless, stunning and relaxed. It combines good food, striking accommodation and outstanding natural beauty in this untouched part of Mafia Island, to give you a taste of an informal, but luxurious, piece of paradise.

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