Pole Pole is a stunning lodge located in the Chole Bay area, near Utende village on the south east coast of the Mafia Island Marine Park. It lies on the beach, within a tropical garden, overlooking a spectacular view of the Mafia Archipelago and the Indian Ocean.


Pole Pole Resort – Mafia Island

7 elegant and spacious ‘Luxury bungalow suites‘ are set among the coconut palms overlooking the bay. The rooms are furnished with carved and antique pieces and each has locally made sun hats and bags for use on the beach.


Pole Pole Resort – Mafia Island

The large private verandas are furnished with a Zanzibari bed, chairs, table and an armchair. Each bungalow is self-contained and the bathroom is spacious and comfortable. There are two ceiling fans, one on the verandah and one in the bedroom above the bed.


Pole Pole Resort – Mafia Island

Twin and double beds are available and a baby cot can be provided. There are two ‘family’ bungalows with 2 rooms separated by the bathroom and a small corridor for privacy.


Pole Pole Resort – Mafia Island

Pole Pole is a low environmental impact resort with a state of-the-art phyto-purification plant which is a special process of treating wastewater to prevent environmental pollution.


Pole Pole Resort – Mafia Island

The Mafia Archipelago and the delta of the Rufiji River form one of the most interesting marine ecosystems and coral reefs in the world. The area has a high bio-diversity and is considered an important habitat for endangered species. There are over 400 species of fish.


Pole Pole Resort – Mafia Island

On land the rich vegetation is dominated by large palm groves, baobabs, mangroves and fruit trees. The wildlife is extremely varied; monkeys, small antelopes, wild pigs, bushbabies as well as a small colony of elusive hippos. There are also countless types of birds.


Pole Pole Resort – Mafia Island

The warm, safe waters of the inland bays and lagoons are a paradise for both expert and beginner scuba divers as well as those simply wishing to snorkel.

Activities or excursions:

  • PADI Dive Centre
  • Snorkeling
  • Sailing
  • Local village visits
  • Boat excursions and picnics to isolated islets, sandbanks or islands every day, according to the tide.
  • 4×4 island tour
  • swimming with whalesharks in season

Pole Pole Resort – Mafia Island

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