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Dive Review of Mafia Island Diving Center/Mafia Island Lodge in
Africa/Mafia Island, Tanzania

October, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Susan K Foster, WY, US
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Report Number 7419
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, all over the Caribbean, California coast, Turkey, Thailand,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
If you had a dive computer, you could dive your own profile.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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no rinse buckets on the dhow but places to keep the cameras dry, safe and
out of the sun.  Big rinse facilities back at the dive shop
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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I should preface this report by saying that I am 68 yrs old and my husband
is 71.  Our traveling companion is 84.  We are all in decent physical
condition and were all able to haul ourselves up the ladder to get back on
the dhows. This was our Africa diving portion of our 5 week trip on the

 Most of the diving is within a Marine Park.  Some local controlled fishing
is allowed. We wish we had allowed for more days of diving!  We dived 5
days of two tank dives (afternoon dives available but we were too tired,
also nigh ...
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By kamldp65 at Jan 27, 2014 18:34 EST  
We are trying to decide if our $5,000 is best spent for diving at Mafia
(Kinasi Lodge, 1 week all inclusive with 10 dives) or if better saved for
another destination at another time (from USA). This would be mid-November
2014 following a safari. We are decent/comfortable divers  (<100 dives)
but not advanced (Heron Island Australia and various Caribbean). Struggling
with the decision and your post was best info we've seen as there is not a
lot to go on - anything you could add to the post or advice would be much
appreciated. Regards, K
By susanfoster1 at Jan 27, 2014 18:44 EST  
folks from Kinasi went diving on Mafia Island Diving boats.  Kinasi lodge
is more expensive than where we stayed and the boats were right there on
the water within walking. People from Kinasi had to be picked up on the
beach on the way to the sites. If you are comfortable in the water, you
will be comfortable diving in Mafia.  The whale sharks still should be
moving thru in November.  I don't remember our diving package hitting the
$5000 mark.  The fish are different here than in the Caribbean.
By kamldp65 at Jan 27, 2014 23:52 EST  
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