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

Mafia Island Diving Center/Mafia Island Lodge, Oct, 2013,

by Susan K Foster, WY, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 7419.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments 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 continent.

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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 75 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions If you had a dive computer, you could dive your own profile.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Kelly Pricein TX, US 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 report author: Susan K Foster in WY, US 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 Kelly Pricein TX, US at Jan 27, 2014 23:52 EST  
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