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Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre

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Utende Beach, Mafia Island 00000, Tanzania
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What a waste

We were staying at Pole Pole Bungalows which include a free exursion from Big Blu every day with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
dmc112
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Vancouver Island, Canada
Decent dive shop with a bit of room for improvement

I'm reviewing just the dive shop here. I've reviewed the lodging under their lodging... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
bfwolf35805
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Chicago, Illinois
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Big Blu Mafia Island Diving Resort is an accommodation, restaurant and activity centre based on Utende Beach inside the Mafia Island Marine Park. With a prime beachfront location, we offer guests different accommodations to suit different budgets, a restaurant and bar overlooking the sea and a variety of excursions on land and sea. Our fully equipped diving centre offers the full range of PADI courses from beginner to the first professional levels, as well as snorkelling trips, island tours, sandbank picnics as well as many more. Guides and Instructors speak English, Italian, Spanish and Swahili. Karibuni sana :-)
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  • Very good23%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“great diving” (16 reviews)
“fish” (26 reviews)
“course dinner” (5 reviews)
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Utende Beach, Mafia Island 00000, Tanzania
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"great diving"
in 16 reviews
"fish"
in 26 reviews
"course dinner"
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"pancakes"
in 6 reviews
"air conditioning"
in 4 reviews
"diving spots"
in 4 reviews
"great location"
in 5 reviews
"stayed here"
in 3 reviews
"comfortable beds"
in 3 reviews
"dive centre"
in 9 reviews
"high tide"
in 6 reviews
"set menu"
in 2 reviews
"relaxing holiday"
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"better option"
in 2 reviews
"whale shark trip"
in 3 reviews
"taking care"
in 4 reviews
"three nights"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at Pole Pole Bungalows which include a free exursion from Big Blu every day with our package the first was a sunset cruise our server taked about god and sang regious songs to us not to romantc second day we were offered...More

Thank dmc112
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jkpdiver, Manager at Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi there, I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience in Mafia Island. Please note that we were NOT the Dive Centre that you had your activities with. We do not offer free excursions to Pole Pole guests, this is actually the dive...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm reviewing just the dive shop here. I've reviewed the lodging under their lodging entry. Before I left the US, I emailed the dive shop and explained that I had dived 1 year earlier, but it had only been a single dive. However, I had...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

We were here mid April at the very end of the season. About 4 days before the closed for the rain. We were the only ones staying in the resort which was kinda nice. Jenny was really helpful and the staff were all friendly. The...More

Thank Joshua H
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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

We loved everything about Big Blu. Great staff, very clean rooms. Good food and an amazing organized dive center.

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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

I stayed at big blue for five nights and it was amazing. The tents were great with electricity, comfortable beds and a safe. Nice showers and bathroom. The food was amazing, 3 course meal for 12$. Nice cocktails and great atmosphere with great people. The...More

Thank Katana107
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

We were diving with big blu in Feb 2018 with my friend. We stayed there 9nights. Boats were really nice, staff was professional and friendly and respected the sealife. Diving was great, beautiful sites and healthy coral. Sometimes the visibility was not that great because...More

Thank humalisto
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

We stayed at Big Blu for 6 nights - see my review of the resort, on the "speciality lodging" page. This dive center is extremely well organized! They made everything so easy for us, and we had some great dives with them. We've traveled to...More

Thank DKtoAD
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

We went to Mafia Island principally to snorkle with whale sharks. We stayed on the western side of the island, at Butiama Beach. Butiama is an excellent choice for whale sharks because the whale sharks like to hang out on the western side -- where...More

Thank Kulgogi
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

I returned from Mafia Island a few days ago. I stayed at Big Blu and had an absolutely wonderful time. The crew manage to allow you to have the most relaxing time, but when you want to do something e.g. diving, snorkelling or swimming with...More

Thank lozza61
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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

I just spent 5 days here at big blu. What an awesome place. I really fell in love with it. I did my PADI advanced open water here. Everything is so laid back. My dive instructor Jenny did an excellent job, made me feel real...More

Thank Veringtentje
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CalypsoReid
31 December 2016|
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Response from jkpdiver | Property representative |
Hi there! It is possible for some of the sites to put the equipment on in the water, but generally the easiest way when diving with a dhow is to dress on the boat and enter by backwards roll. The crew do all the heavy... More
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tamryntaylor
23 November 2015|
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Response from maura541 | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your message. Unfortunately we do not have kayaks at Big Blu. Regards
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