Lua Cheia Beach is an eco-friendly tented camp uniquely located on the beach on Mafia Island. It has a 2 kilometer private beach. If you are looking for isolation on a powdery white beach, listening to sound of the waves in the ocean, then Lua Cheia Beach is the place for you. Swimming and relaxation are the order of the day! From this vantage point enjoy the view of sunsets over the Selous and Rufiji delta.

It is located at Ras Bweni in the north of Mafia Island.

Lua Cheia Beach has six large tents under thatched ”bandas” with verandahs that are all sea-facing. It has a maximum capacity of 12 guests at any given time. Each tent has an en suite bathroom. Solar power is harvested to heat water for showers, operate the fans and light the tent.

Each room is equipped with a separate an en-suite bathroom constructed in concrete block nd equipped with solar-heated water and solar lighting.

Bar and Dining
The bar and restaurant are simply furnished in keeping with the ambiance of Lua Cheia Beach. Wooden floors, furniture made from reclaimed wood from dhows and antique leather, all under a tent, set the stage for a unique experience. Meals are mainly barbeque style. An assortment of seafood, chicken, lamb, beef and vegetarian options are available. The bar is moderately stocked with red and white wines, some spirits, soft drinks, and fresh fruit juices can be found here.


  • Safe (manager’s office)
  • Medical and First Aid cabinet + trained first aid medic
  • Hammocks
  • Pool


  • Kayaks
  • Windsurf
  • Game fishing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sailing in local boats ‘ngalawas’
  • Forest walk
  • Visit the lighthouse
  • Massage

Game fishing is on catch and release basis

Road transfers from Mafia airport to Lua Cheia Beach (extra cost)

Flights to Mafia Island are available from various domestic airlines. Be sure to find out about airport taxes and other fees. All flights have a 15kilogram limit and they prefer soft luggage or duffel bags.