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Dive Review of Lodge in
Africa/Mafia Island

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Van Kampen, Wisconsin, USA
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Report Number 4093
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The South African Dive Master was: Unfriendly, Demeaning to divers and his
Tanzanian crew,Self important,negligent,verbally abusive,never helpful,
always wanting to lead but way to fast for enjoyment.
One of our female divers had trouble with the resort regulator when she
first hit the water, he ignored her request for help.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Only one photographer in our group. No special set up on boats for
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
There are two distict areas to dive at Mafia Island. Inside the reef which
is always available,(like a huge lake) and outside which can be good or
rough. Current between the two areas can be extreem so we only ventured out
for one dive. It was a spectacular dive, one of my all time top ten. It had
it all, great corals, and big fish, sharks and turtles, did I mention all
the big fish. Mafia Island is protected with a marine park and it seems to
be workng. Very little fishing outside the reef and therefore lots of big
fish. Inside the reef was nice diving with the visibility different on each
dive. Night dive was good with lots of night critters and a few good size
spanish dancers. The highlight of the night dive for me was coming up after
the dive,the dive boat 100 yds away with a very dim light, on a flat sea,
clear moonless night and billions and billions of stars so close you felt
like you were swimming amoung them. No other dive boats were encountered
during out stay.
We had heard about currents being bad but with good planning they were not
an issue. The Kinasi Resort is a exotic place managed by an Italian couple
who were always gacious and helpful. Each unit is a b separte cabin
surrounded by thick tropical vegitation. It is a beautiful seculded spot
for divers and those who wish a wonderful getaway. Mafia island is
definately off the beaten path, yet an easy flight from Dar es Salaam. The
staff was great fun, except the South African Dive master who needs to be
replaced. We went to the other side of the island to snorkel with immature
whale sharks,(20 footers)in shallow water,(<20 ft) There were several
sharks less than a mile off shore feeding. We spent several hours in and
out of the boat with the sharks. Everyone got their fill being in with
them. It was a real treat, the SA divemaster did not go on this trip, his
pretty and capable Argentinian assistant was in charge. I would go there
again in a minute but not as long as that divemaster is there! He ruined
the diving for everyone. At the end some of our group simply skipped the
diving. I have never disliked a divemaster in all the years I have been
diving. This guy needs to retire.
We organized our trip with who did an outstanding job
with every detail personally managed. Our trip to Tanzania included a visit
to Zanzibar for a few days, a trip to Pemba island and a safari to the
Serengetti with Dorobo safari who we can Highly recommend also. Overall we were three weeks in Tanzania
and it went very smoothly. You will truly enjoy the happy and gentle people
of Tanzania. i would go again in a minute.
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