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Dive Review of Mafia Island Diving/Mafia Lodge in
Africa/Mafia Island

Mafia Island Diving/Mafia Lodge: "Surprisingly good diving at Mafia Island", Jan, 2017,

by Eric Schindler, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 16 Helpful votes). Report 9470 has 5 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Mafia Island is the perfect spot to add in some diving if you are fortunate enough to be visiting East Africa. We did a four night/three days of diving package and found it far better than Zanzibar where we dove 12 years ago.
A very professional, friendly dive shop. Varied diving: surprisingly interesting muck dives from the shore, wall dives outside the bay, drift dives, hard coral gardens. Healthy reefs, not as many larger fish as one could have hoped for, but plenty to keep two experienced divers happy for the 8 dives we did.
Dive times are tide dependent, and thus the schedule of times for dives available each day moves a half hour up each day. You have to be flexible, but we were able to schedule three dives daily. Diving is done off of traditional dhows that have been adapted for divers. Sometimes you sail back to the shop after motoring out. We enjoyed the other sightseeing options the shop offers: whale shark snorkeling (a 45 minute drive across island), visit to traditional village at Chole Island a short ferry hop across the channel. Very friendly and knowledgeable multi-lingual dive guides and owners
Websites Mafia Island Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Maldives, Caribbean, Mexico, Red Sea, etc.
Closest Airport Mafia Island Airport, 20 minutes Getting There several flights from Dar es Salaam each day. You are going to be adding this on to exploring Africa (e.g. Safari)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 76-83°F / 24-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-100 Ft/ 8-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were guided though max of four divers per guide. Very helpful and willing to adjust to our needs. Come up with usual 500 psi. Dive sites are never deeper than 90 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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