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Big Blu Mafia Island Diving Resort

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Address: Utende Beach, Mafia Island 00000, Tanzania
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+255 787 474 108
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Big Blu Mafia Island Diving Resort is an accommodation, restaurant and...

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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Amazing Dive Course

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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Melanie v
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 exceptional underwater life. A proper once-in-a-lifetime escape.

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Thank Melanie v
Manchester, New Hampshire
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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 of the staff was knowledgable, friendly, and helpful. They accommodated many different dives for me... More 

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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3 reviews
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 it is served exactly when you want it. Diving guys are really friendly and helpful.... More 

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Barseback, Sweden
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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 and snorkeling on Big Rock and Little Rock. Management great :) We missed a reef... More 

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Thank Anna E
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the cottages in big blu and it was the most chill place with the best diving experience we've had. Me and my fiance are not too experienced divers, but the staff and the diving guides were very helpful and professional. We always felt safe and taken good care of. We look forward to coming back again!

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

Our stay at Big Blue was really great, we dived most days we were there, and found the dive team really helpful and friendly. The room isn't luxurious (don't expect TVs and telephones - but I never understand why people want them anyway?) but its clean, the the huge 'lock box' is an added bonus. Be aware there aren't any... More 

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

Our stay in Mafia and at Big Blu was simple and lovely. The lodge is on the beach, where you can swim at high tide, or walk past the mangroves at low tide to the sand bar to swim. We stayed in the tents, which made our stay very reasonably priced, which made me nice and relaxed! We took a... More 

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Thank Alexaduplessis
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 26 December 2016

Professional. Well organized. Adequate attention to safety paid with both my kids both in diving n snorkeling. Recommended

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Thank Alvia1977
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Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

We took the 3 nights package staying in a tent and 2 days of diving. The diving was amazing with a really professional crew at Big Blu ! We also went on a whale shark trip and it was spectacular. The place has a great atmosphere and scenic views of the chole bay. We really enjoyed our time in Big... More 

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Thank Tamar I
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

Everything about this place is lovely - the accommodations (I spent 7 nights in a bedded safari tent), the food (breakfast is included and a 3 course dinner is only $10, always with a meat or veg option), the advanced open water course (Jenny is a great instructor!), the diving, and, most importantly, the people.

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