Mafia Island - Tanzania

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11 Hours 45 Minutes (via Nairobi)

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The Mafia Archipelago has a prominent place in the history of the East coast of Africa as it was a safe haven for ships to stop for water and for repairs over the centuries. Later, as a part of the Sultanate of Kilwa, it prospered as a settelment during Kilwa's rise to become the most important economic power in the Indian Ocean.

Mafia Island

Today Mafia Island is little changed from ancient times and retains a traditional culture and friendly people who depend on fishing and agriculture and to a certain extent, tourism.

Mafia Island

The Island lies across ancient saliling routes controlled by the trade winds and has expereinced Yemeni, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greco-Roman, Chinese, Portuguese, English and German infuences.

Mafia Island

The coral reefs, bays, sand bars, lagoons and beaches of the Mafia Archipelago are now part of the Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania's first marine national park. Over 460 species of fish and more than 50 genera of corals can be enjoyed by snorkelling and diving in the crystal waters.

Mafia Island

Mafia is visited by whalesharks from November to February and it is possible to arrange to visit them by boat to swim in the clear, warm waters with them.

Mafia Island

One of Tanzania's best kept secrets, Mafia Island is a perfect haven to relax and enjoy the island after a busy safari. If you are looking for peace and quiet, excellent diving and snorkelling, fresh fish sandbar picnics and just chilling by the sea - Mafia Island could just be what you are looking for.