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Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre

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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...more
Utende Beach, Mafia Island 00000, Tanzania
+255 787 474 108
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All reviews great diving fish pancakes air conditioning diving spots dive centre stayed here comfortable beds feel at home course meal better option high tide advanced open water course perfect place amazing staff three nights octopus
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just returned from my second trip to Mafia Island- this time staying and diving with Big Blu who were just fantastic. The accommodation in tents was spotless, staff friendly and rates very competitive (actually for the cheaper accommodation it was really comfortable). The dive staff...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LizzieBeanSa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very bad experience with Big blu. We were a family of 4 people diving with them. Sadly our little girl got sick all the night. She was throwing and coughing a lot. Nobody of the family was able to dive in the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank annemX923LX
jkpdiver, Manager at Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I’m sorry that you feel that way Anne. We were actually having to turn away divers without bookings during this period, as were the other dive centres on the island. I think if you check the dates you booked on your emails as well as...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super kind and professional crew — every DM I had was incredible: Joshi Em and Rama — going out of their way to ensure every guest is safe and happy, including a 100min dive looking so hard for frog fish (sadly didn’t find one) :D...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank miaothesharkgirl
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Much more than a dive centre, welcoming in all aspects and nothing is too much trouble - the Island is unspoilt so let’s keep it that way

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sean_Whewell
Reviewed 16 August 2018

I was here back in March 2018 for some scuba diving and have been meaning to write a review because WOW was I so impressed and happy with my stay. The grounds are absolutely beautiful. Upon arrival I had smiling faces and a tropical drink...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

I stayed for 4 nights at big blu and really enjoyed the time there. Less tourists than on Zanzibar, but beautiful nature as well. I got there by plane (resident fare possible) and when I arrived at Mafia, there was a driver from BigBlu already...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank steffisteffi2018
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

We did the advanced open water course in Big Blu diving centre with my wife, and couldn't be happier. Staff was professional and friendly, and instructor and manager Jenny made sure that we were comfortable (since last dives were a year ago) and learned all...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JuhoH115
Reviewed 14 June 2018

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

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank dmc112
jkpdiver, Manager at Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

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

Reviewed 27 May 2018

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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank bfwolf35805
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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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