Mafia Island is part of Tanzania's Mafia Archipelago, is pioneer Marine Activities Island in the Indian Ocean. Large swaths of the island's southern coastline and surrounding waters are protected by the Mafia Island Marine Park.
Within the park are many Sea coral reefs, which is home to wildlife such as whale sharks, sea turtles and other wildlife species . In the south, beaches include secluded Ras Kisimani, just across from Bwejuu Island. Popular Utende Beach edges onto Chole Bay conservation Area. Mafia Island is the largest of a small archipelago of islands, atolls and is truly a paradise in the Indian Ocean.
Today you can fly to Mafia Island have wonderful white sand beach relaxing at your leisure, staying at Mafia Lodge, Polepole Lodge, Mafia Beach Lodge , Kinasi Lodge and many other Beach Resort.
WHALE SHARKS SNORKELING (IN SEASON AS FROM BETWEEN THE MONTHS OF OCTOBER AND MARCH EACH YEAR)
Swimming and Snorkel with the biggest whale Sharks in the sea is an awesome experience that is easily accessible at Mafia Island .
These beautiful giants Species are seasonally found just a few hundred meters offshore near Kilindoni Harbor in Mafia Island.
Guests will enjoy a short boat ride towards the west brings to a feeding ground for the sharks and soon fins and dark shapes are apparent.
Up to 24 sharks can be seen at any one time: males, females and juveniles, all beautifully marked with stripes and spots.
The larger sharks are estimated at over 8 m long, so they are an impressive sight next to the boat, and quite stunning under the water.
The boat is able to move among them quietly and visitors can swim and snorkel to get a closer, underwater view of these rare species, wonderful wild animals.
The sharks remain in a well-defined area and have a repetitive for them. And no crowds to compete with, as with the swim with dolphins.
Please make this a must when you are in Mafia. The whale shark trip can be combined with a picnic on the beach, swimming, sun bathing a trip to the Kilindoni Market or a full day excursion to Ras Kisimani or at Bwejuu Island.
Their tiny throat cannot accommodate a human so there is no chance of a ‘Jonah’ experience, and these gentle creatures won’t even bump into you if they can avoid you. An unthreatened whale shark circles and continues feeding, unfazed by respectful snorkelers. Chasing and hazing irritates even these gentle giants
(our sub-adult populations are up to 8 meters in length). When pursued or harassed them escape into the deep so that all you see is a huge swish of their tail powering away, and then they are gone. Not only the quality of your experience depends on your respect for these animals but it is also extremely important for the privilege of these human-animal encounters to be sustained over the long term.
When you book the Whale Sharks sea adventure excursion, Including snorkeling equipment, Sea Guide instructor crew, Road transfer to and from Kilindoni Dock and boat ride, all conservation and local district entry fees payable as well as refreshments on board.
Boat trip to Juani Island, guide,
Kitutia Reef or Mange Reef
(full day boat safari, including snorkeling and picnic lunch on the sandbank, non-alcoholic drinks and water. Diving an extra charge)
(full day, including snorkeling and picnic lunch on the beach, non-alcoholic drinks and water)
(Half-day including guide, snorkeling, picnic lunch on the island, non-alcoholic drinks and water)
Sunset cruise (min 4 pax)
(Subject to availability of boats, tides and weather conditions)
Half-day (4 hrs fishing)
Full-day (7 hrs fishing)
(Please note that a boat will normally take a maximum of 8 guests comfortably and safely. All boats are equipped with life jackets, water and other drinks and first aid kits.)
Accompanied by our trained and experienced personal guides- Including binoculars, water and guide books available from our library. These are also excellent bird-watching trips:
Chole Island and village - min, two persons (BY FERRY)
Jibondo Island and village - min. two persons
Juani Island – min. two persons
Kua Ruins and Kua Channel historic guided excusrsion
Utende Village and environs (walking with guide)
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