Mafia is a 30 minute flight from Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. It is home to the largest marine park in Africa and is a very good destination for spotting whale sharks. The diving here is even better than off Pemba – in fact, we think it is the best to be found in Tanzania.
There are more hotels here than in Pemba, but there are no truly luxurious lodges. Accommodation is good value, but the lodges tend to be a little rustic and very laidback. Nevertheless, they are good for activities such as diving and snorkelling.
We think this is a good destination for adventurous travellers who enjoy the outdoor life. It is particularly suitable for advanced divers.