The Mafia Island Lodge stands amidst tall palms on a sandy beach in Chole Bay, in the heart of the marine park near Utende village on South coast of Mafia. The main lodge has a relaxing atmosphere with a large open restaurant, bar and lounge area. Board games, table tennis and volleyball are also available. Other facilities include a gift shop, laundry service, excursions, snorkeling, sailing and scuba diving.

34 comfortable rooms are set among the coconut palms with their own veranda overlooking the bay. They are all self-contained with air conditioning. Twin and double beds are available. Among the 35 rooms there are 2 family rooms with a living room. Hot and cold water is available 24 hours a day.


Mafia Island Lodge sits amidst coconut palms on a picturesque sandy beach in Chole bay, in the heart of the Marine Park, on the south coast of Mafia Island.
Accommodation comprises of 14 Superior rooms, 18 Standard rooms and 2 Family rooms. Each has a private veranda with a beautiful view of the gardens and sea beyond. The rooms are all ensuite with air conditioning, fans, hot water and mosquito nets. The lodge is also ideal for large groups.
Our restaurant and Lounge Bar bar, where our guests can enjoy a nice view of the gardens and the ocean, offer a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. The cuisine is continental/ Mediterranean with an emphasis on the freshly caught seafood. Snacks, sandwiches and finger food are also available at our Lounge Bar and Beach Bar with a wide selection of beverages. The ice served with drinks is safe and drinkable.
Typical Sunbeds, made of coconut wood, and thatched beach umbrellas are permanently set up on the white sandy beach. They are complementary as well as the beach towels. Snacks and cold drinks are served at our breezy Beach Bar.
We serve a buffet breakfast, while lunch and dinner are Set Menu. We offer continental cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. However, we try to please any dietary requirements and request. We can arrange lunch or breakfast boxes and earlier breakfast, as long as we are advised the day before.
The voltage is 220 and we have 3 pin plug sockets.
Cellular phone roaming and internet access is possible.
The following services are also available:
• Laundry service
• Hair dryers, socket adaptor and a safe box are
available and on a complimentary basis at the
• Gift shop


Mafia Island is approximately 25 kilometers off the Tanzanian coast, 130 kilometers from Dar es Salaam which takes approximately 35 minutes by air and 45 minutes from the Selous Game Reserve and Zanzibar Island. Mafia is reachable by light aircraft only. The resort is a 20 minute drive from Kilindoni, the main village and the airstrip.
The flight by plane takes only 35 minutes from Dar es Salaam and 45 minutes from Zanzibar or the Selous. Mafia has daily scheduled air services with same-day connections to the Ruaha, Selous, Arusha, Pemba and Zanzibar. All flights can be booked directly ( or through Mafia Island Lodge (
Exciting activities in the Marine Park are diving, snorkelling and sailing. The Dive Center is a PADI resort dive and excursions centre situated on the beachfront of the Mafia Island Lodge. Diving in the pristine reefs of the archipelago is an experience which allows you to enjoy the amazingly varied display of marine life. It is possible to organize boat excursions and picnics to isolated islets and sandbanks located in the middle of the ocean, as well as land excursions to discover the beauty of the Island and its people. Nature trails and bird watching are also organized. All excursions are weather and tide dependent.