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Mafia Marine National Park

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Lovely place to stroll the beach

This was right next to our hotel, Butiama Beach, so was convenient for a walk or stroll. The... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
Catherine A
Libertyville, Illinois
Beautiful underwater world

Many people go to Zanzibar for the beach holidays and dive there. But if diving is your key focus... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2018
Dirk N
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Chole Bay, Mafia Island, Tanzania
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Reviewed 9 August 2018

This was right next to our hotel, Butiama Beach, so was convenient for a walk or stroll. The status of the tide makes a huge different on what you see!

Thank Catherine A
Reviewed 14 June 2018

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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