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Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre

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Utende Beach, Mafia Island 00000, Tanzania
+255 787 474 108
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Excellent Diving, Food, Culture, Accommodation and People!10/10!

I stayed with my boyfriend at Big Blu Mafia Dive Resort. It's the most magical place. Jenny... read more

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natalie w
London, United Kingdom
An Island Retreat

My husband and our two friends stayed at Big Blu for three nights during our stay on Mafia Island... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Edmonton, Canada
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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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  • Average1%
  • Poor2%
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“course dinner” (5 reviews)
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Utende Beach, Mafia Island 00000, Tanzania
+255 787 474 108
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Reviewed yesterday

I stayed with my boyfriend at Big Blu Mafia Dive Resort. It's the most magical place. Jenny, Warren, Simon and all of the other staff are helpful and kind. The resort itself is really beautiful, right on the beach. You don't have to be a...More

Thank natalie w
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and our two friends stayed at Big Blu for three nights during our stay on Mafia Island. We stayed in the Pono and Chewa rooms and they were amazing! Both rooms were so clean and the whole resort was well maintained. The staff...More

Thank suzannecard
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff, quiet seclusion and fun diving were the highlights of my stay at Big Blu. If you want a vacation away from big crowds and resorts, you should consider Mafia. It's not a five-star resort with gourmet food and fancy rooms. It's a place...More

Thank EBdives
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

I went with them for one day (2 dives) and it was excellent. I visited them day before and sorted equipment (which was in very good condition) Was told we leave at 6am and we left on time, (!) on the boat there was complementary...More

Thank Marcin S
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

I stayed here on my own for a few days in a tent to do some diving. It is a perfect place for diving and day trips, but it is far away from the somehow bigger village. Tent was big enough, had two single beds,...More

1  Thank majo959
Reviewed 8 September 2017

I stayed 8 days in Big Blu and it has been absolutely amazing. I completed my advanced diver course plus 6 more dives. Jenny was the best teacher you could imagine, kind, patient and professionel. The diving is great, beautiful healthy corals, fish in thousand...More

1  Thank Astrid P
Reviewed 3 April 2017

I completed my PADI Advanced Dive Course here and stayed at their beautiful, island-style chalets which are right on the beach. Everything is professionally run and diving is down off traditional dhows in the gorgeous, sheltered bay. A really amazing and authentic island experience wth...More

1  Thank Melanie v
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Spent almost two weeks on Mafia, all at Big Blu and it was wonderful. All of the staff were very welcoming and pleasant each day. I spent most everyday diving and was very pleased with the set up they have at the Dive Center. All...More

Thank Bobby O
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Big Blue is a high quality resort with an attention to detail. Great for visitors to Mafia who are looking for high quality budget accommodation but with Western standards. The food and service is great. They take orders for food early in the day then...More

Thank robm4747
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Great location direct on the beach. We loved our bungalow, Chewa :) The staff was very sweet and friendly. Food delicious, though a little too much. Recreation areas very cozy. We participated in well organized trips to Mange sandbank, Chole island, Kua Ruins & Lagoon...More

Thank Anna E
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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
23 November 2015|
Response from maura541 | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your message. Unfortunately we do not have kayaks at Big Blu. Regards