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  • Mafia Island Lodge 1/27 Arrival
  • Mafia Island Lodge 2/27 Reception
  • Mafia Island Lodge 3/27 Bar, lounge and restaurant
  • Mafia Island Lodge 4/27 Bar, lounge and restaurant
  • Mafia Island Lodge 5/27 Bar, lounge and restaurant
  • Mafia Island Lodge 6/27 Bar, lounge and restaurant
  • Mafia Island Lodge 7/27 Bar, lounge and restaurant
  • Mafia Island Lodge 8/27 Bar, lounge and restaurant
  • Mafia Island Lodge 9/27 Distant view over the sea
  • Mafia Island Lodge 10/27 Towards the superior rooms
  • Mafia Island Lodge 11/27 Superior room
  • Mafia Island Lodge 12/27 Superior room
  • Mafia Island Lodge 13/27 View from the varandah
  • Mafia Island Lodge 14/27 Bathroom
  • Mafia Island Lodge 15/27 Towards the standard room
  • Mafia Island Lodge 16/27 Standard room
  • Mafia Island Lodge 17/27 Standard room
  • Mafia Island Lodge 18/27 Walkway to the beach
  • Mafia Island Lodge 19/27 Beach Bar
  • Mafia Island Lodge 20/27 Beach
  • Mafia Island Lodge 21/27 Beach
  • Mafia Island Lodge 22/27 Beach
  • Mafia Island Lodge 23/27 View of the beach from the sea
  • Mafia Island Lodge 24/27 Superior rooms wing
  • Mafia Island Lodge 25/27 Standard rooms wing
  • Mafia Island Lodge 26/27 The two family bungalows
  • Mafia Island Lodge 27/27 Back to the lounge

Mafia Island Lodge is located within Mafia Island Marine Park.

The resort was built by the government in the 70s and privatized in the 90s. it delivers a mid-range level of servicing.

It features the most interesting beach within Chole bay which does not mean it is a spectacular one: the sand is coarse-grained and its color is not white as one would expect in a tropical island but it is a non-tidal beach hence a good option if you are not interested in sailing, diving, sun-bathing in the sandbanks and explore the other island of the archipelago during your stay.

Mafia Island lodge consists of 40 rooms facing the garden with distant view over the sea. Rooms are divided into Standard, Superior and Family which offer two interconnecting rooms and one sharing bathroom. All rooms feature outdoor verandah, en-suite bathroom with hot shower, ceiling fans and air-conditioning.

The lodge is complemented by the bar, lounge and restaurant and by a beach bar.

Activities include diving, snorkeling, boat excursions to Mafia channel to snorkel with whale-sharks, sailing trips to Chole, Juani, Jobondo and Bwejuu islands, to Kua ruins, to Marimbani and Mange sandbanks, guided walks, visit to Kilindoni market and to the northern side of the island. More distant trips to whale sharks can also be arranged.

The resort may lacks the charm of a small facility but can be taken as a valid alternative if you are looking for a relatively cheap option within the bay [if the lack of a beach is not a problem then you should also consider staying at Shamba Kilole].

If you are very keen divers, remember that from June to August the southern monsoon wind will not allow you to sail out of the bay. Should you wish to dive during these month we would rather suggest to stay in Pemba island which shielded west-coast offers some excellent diving sites or alternatively in Zanzibar [for further info refer to diving in Pemba and diving in Zanzibar].

Mafia Island Lodge accept travelers VISA and MASTECARD.

INDICATIVE RATES 2015 per night per person
Standard and Family $ 100
Superior $ 120
HB supplement $ 15 per day
FB supplement $ 15 per day
Peak season supplement: August and from 20/12 to 10/01 $ 15 per day
3° bed adult 25% of the adult rate
Children 0 - 3 sharing with 1 or 2 adults Free of charge
Children 4 - 12 sharing with 1 or 2 adults 50% of the adult rate
Diving Rates available on request

Rates include: B&B basis, 1 bottle of water per room per day, tea and coffee.

Rates exclude: road transfers between lodge and airport [approx. 40 min], Marine Park Fees [usd 20 per adult per day / usd 10 per child 5 – 15 per day to be paid cash at the park entrance gate].


STAY 5 PAY 4: valid until April 2015.

LONG STAY AND GROUP DISCOUNT: these depends on the lodge occupancy at the time of travelling and need to be agreed with the resort each time. For that reason we are not able to include them in the first stage of a quotation. The possibility of discounts will be verified once a concrete interested toward the reservation has been shown.


Location: 8
Beach: 6
Staff: 8
Activities: 9
Architecture: 6
Food: 7
Cleanliness: 8
Value: 8