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.

Pole Pole Bungalow Resort consists of seven comfortable bungalows with wide verandas looking onto the sea are built entirely out of wood by local craftsmen and raised on stilts to ensure the maximum comfort for the guests. Each bungalow covers 60sq m with personalized fixtures and finishing.

Owned and operated by a young Italian couple, Massimo and Katia is a new kind of luxury travel experience that combines the principles of ecotourism, a small resort setting and one of the most pristine and exotic environments in the world.

Pole Pole offers all guests daily excursions including boat trips in traditional sailing dhows, a dive center for Scuba enthusiasts and fantastic snorkeling for those who prefer to stay on the surface.

The accommodation epitomizes the Kiswahili word “Pole Pole” which means “take it easy.”


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Pole Pole Resort – Prices in USD

Prices on full board and include: 3 meals and early morning tea, Transfers to and from Mafia airport, One daily boat excursion in Chole Bay**, Tea, coffee and bottled water, Laundry (2 items per person per day)

Minimum 5 night stay in festive season (Dec 20th to Jan 10th). Minimum 2 night stay rest of the year.

Prices EXCLUDE Marine Park fees which are to be paid directly in cash or credit card upon arrival. Prevailing rates (and subject to change) are US$ 23.6 per adult per day and US$ 11.8 per child per day (between 10 and 16 years). Tourism Development Levy of US$1.5 per person per day

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DATES FROM DATES TO Per Person Sharing Per Night Single Room Supplement, Per Night
01-Aug-21 31-Aug-21 295 USD 89 USD
01-Sep-21 30-Sep-21 260 USD 78 USD
01-Oct-21 15-Nov-21 295 USD 89 USD
16-Nov-21 19-Dec-21 260 USD 78 USD
20-Dec-21 30-Dec-21 295 USD 89 USD
31-Dec-21 31-Dec-21 358 USD 88 USD
01-Jan-22 10-Jan-22 295 USD 89 USD
11-Jan-22 30-Mar-22 260 USD 78 USD
31-Mar-22 31-May-22 CLOSED
01-Jun-22 31-Jul-22 260 USD 78 USD
01-Aug-22 31-Aug-22 295 USD 89 USD
01-Sep-22 30-Sep-22 260 USD 78 USD
01-Oct-22 15-Nov-22 295 USD 89 USD
16-Nov-22 19-Dec-22 260 USD 78 USD
20-Dec-22 30-Dec-22 295 USD 89 USD
31-Dec-22 31-Dec-22 358 USD 88 USD

New Years Eve supplement included in the rates (includes special dinner and free drinks)

Child policy:  Child below 10 NOT allowed. Those between 10 and 12 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate.

Use of cellular phones: This is not permitted in the restaurant, bar, beach, public areas and on boats and cars. Guests are welcome to use their phones in silent mode in their rooms.

Check in is 1400hrs while check out is 1000hrs

Early check-in/late check-out is permitted at no extra cost depending on availability of the room.

**The daily boat excursion can comprise any one of the following, depending on tides, weather, and availability: Snorkeling (including snorkel equipment); Chole Island (excluding $5 village levy); Kua Ruins; Marimbani Sandbank; Sunset Cruise. Depending on weather conditions and availability of guides, other complimentary activities such as: Mangrove Walk; Rice Fields Walk; Birdwatching; Karibuni Onlus & Utende Village Walk (excl. $5 donation to Karibuni Onlus, our NGO) may be organized in addition to the above, although availability cannot be guaranteed.

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