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Mafia Marine National Park

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Chole Bay, Mafia Island, Tanzania
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What a waste of money

Biggest mistake of our trip. The cost to stay in the park isn't cheap. If the money was used to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
dmc112
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Vancouver Island, Canada
Reduced visibility and some dead coral...

My impressions may have been affected by the fact that the tide was working against me during my... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2018
randi f
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Vancouver, Canada
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“per day” (11 reviews)
“fish” (32 reviews)
“whale sharks” (21 reviews)
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Chole Bay, Mafia Island, Tanzania
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"love diving"
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"different species"
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"paradise on earth"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Biggest mistake of our trip. The cost to stay in the park isn't cheap. If the money was used to protect the park no problem but not sure what they do with the money. Don't know why its considered a marine park. The locals still...More

Thank dmc112
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

My impressions may have been affected by the fact that the tide was working against me during my stay....when the tide goes out it does pull sediment from the mangroves and this affected the visibility. The variety of fish life was good and some of...More

Thank randi f
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

Many people go to Zanzibar for the beach holidays and dive there. But if diving is your key focus, the Mafia Marine National Park offers a more pristine experience with less tourists and -in my eyes- a better diving experience. As a bonus : going...More

1  Thank Dirk N
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

We swam through gorgeous coral gardens & swarms of colourful reef fish. Water clarity was decent, there was no current to speak of and our guide did a good job of pointing out interesting species. Best snorkelling I've seen along the Tanzanian coast.

Thank DickEbird
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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

i stayed in kilindori: the idea of paying 23.60 usd/day on top of accommodation and food and activities was not appealing ( as you must take some activities as the beaches are mostly not swimmable due to the tide. 2 nice beaches are: in the...More

Thank lucia m
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

This is a great place to go diving - but you have to time it for high tide, or visibility will be bad. We did not see any sharks, but plenty of rays, octopuses, fish and small stuff, like leaf fish, nudibranches, sea horses, pipe...More

Thank DKtoAD
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

We only stayed in the area as long as we really wanted to dive because of the high costs of the marine park. We heard from a dive guide that the income here is also used to finance other marine parks in Tanzania, that are...More

Thank Manoe
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Reviewed 17 December 2017

I visited Mafia Marine National Park in November 2017. There is a conservation entry fee of USD $20 per day which is put towards the continued conservation of the marine park. I went snorkelling with a scuba group to 2 sites and the coral and...More

Thank antwerp88
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

Amazing snorkeling experiences where you can find many different species of fishes, turtles and much more. Nice walk on Chole Island if you want to know more about th Arab time, see the village and the famous "Bats"that dominate the island from the trees.

Thank silviazucconelli
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

Paradise on Earth. Spent a week in this secret corner of the World. We spot different kind of fish, turtle and marine life

1  Thank th0mmy1967
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