Friendly people and world-class diving destination, Mafia Island is a special retreat. 160km's from Zanzibar, this nearly unknown island is home to over 50 kinds of coral and 450 species of fish. 

Feel extremely relaxed and enjoy natures solitude on the white sandy beaches, which are swimable regardless of the tidal changes. Mafias incredible and unspoilt dive sites have remained a well-kept secret of diving aficionados and beach recluses for years, but now the island is fast becoming a more visited destination. 

For centuries, the island was a trading stop for Shirazi merchants travelling up towards Persia and under the rule of the Omani sultanate in Zanzibar, vast coconut and cashew plantations flourished. Today, all that remain of the island's prestigious past are the coral ruins on Chole Mjini, the small island just off shore from Mafia where the Arab landowners lived a sumptuous life removed from their plantations and slaves.

These days, Mafias' remote location means it receives only the most selective visitors, but things are changing. The recent gazetting of Mafia Island Marine Park is the largest protected area in the Indian Ocean to include surrounding villages in its conservation efforts means that the millions of fish and coral species that thrive in the warm waters of Mafia's beaches will survive for decades to come.

Top recommendations for your stay on Mafia Island

Unwind. Let Go. Be You. 

Mafia island is for those looking for a quiet, peaceful island, away from the hussel and bussel. The island is not known for a big night life but offeres varitely of activites.

  • Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
  • Whale Shark Tours 
  • Guided Day Trips 
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Day Trips
  • Cycling 
  • Kayak
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Boat Excursion & Picnic
  • Guided walks & Birdwatching 


Talk to Amanda about booking your stay on Mafia Island after a few nights on Zanzibar, Pemba or Chumbe Islands.