Butiama Beach

Mafia Island Tanzania

  • Oceanfront setting on Mafia Island
  • Explore by kayak
  • Snorkel with whale sharks (seasonal)
  • Private verandas with hammocks
  • Families welcome
  • Diving available nearby

Open: Butiama Beach is open from the beginning of June to the end of March. Location: The hotel is on the west side of Mafia island, about 10 minutes drive from the airport. The capital, Kilindoni, is about 1km from the lodge.

Rooms: There are 13 bungalows accommodating a maximum of 32 guests. They are made up of double, twin and family rooms. Local kikois are used as furnishings and the rooms are bight and colourful and beds are fitted with mosquito nets and there are fans. Bottled water is provided. Each has an en-suite bathroom with a supply of toiletries, and a veranda with seats and a hammock. Rooms are set back about 50 metres from the sea and are set beneath the shade of coconut trees.

Activities: You can go swimming at high tide. Beach towels and kikois are supplied in each room. Kayaks are available at no extra charge, and guided snorkelling tours can be arranged. In summer (November to March) you may have the chance to go snorkelling with whale sharks. You can take dhow cruises to other part of the island, deserted sandbanks and nearby islands, and enjoy sunset cruises. Humpback whales can often be seen between July and September, depending on weather conditions. Daily transfers are arranged to the Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre, about a 25 minute drive away, for diving trips. Kilindoni village and its markets are about a 20 minute walk from the lodge. You can walk inland, spotting birds and monkeys and discovering ponds, caves and ruins, and take a guided trip to the lighthouse on the north point of the island.

Facilities: The main area includes a beach bar, Chiringuito, a small library with several board games, a dartboard and a pool table. There is a separate restaurant, Peku Peku, open-sided to admit the breeze. Spa treatments are available in the massage banda. The swimming pool is located close to the beach. There is a gift shop at reception. The lodge offers a free laundry service. Cameras can be charged in the manager’s house.

Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The swimming pool is unsupervised and children aged under 14 years should be in the charge of an adult.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is a good mobile signal and Wi-Fi internet access is available outside reception free of charge.

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Client Rating for Tanzania 5/5 from 217 reviews

It was a joy to walk around barefoot here. The fishing village, a very short distance away down the beach made a picturesque, if humbling, contrast to the serenity and luxury of the resort. The resort staff were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the trip to the lighthouse, the snorkelling and picnic on the sandbar, the sunset dhow cruise and a massage. We were treated to delicious meals, taking full advantage of the seafood offered, and at our final dinner there, the most enormous prawns we'd ever experienced. As a special treat, even ladies' underwear was laundered at this site!

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