Mafia Island Lodge


  • Superb views over Chole Bay
  • Romantic candle-lit dinners on the beach
  • Learn to dive or go deep-sea fishing
  • Explore the coral reefs teeming with tropical fish
  • Dhow cruises to beaches and islands

Open: Mafia Island Lodge is open all year,. The watersports centre is closed in April and May.

Location: The lodge is on an attractive sandy beach on the south coast of Mafia Island in Chole Bay. It is a 20 minute drive from the island main town, Kilindoni, also the site of the airstrip.

Rooms: There are  30 rooms in total. These are made up of 10 standard rooms, 14 superior rooms, 3 family rooms and 3 luxury suites. Family rooms have 2 en-suite bedrooms and can accommodate a maximum of 5 people each. They are cooled by fans and see breezes. The suites are the closest to the water and come with their own garden, have air conditioning, a fridge and coffee maker. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, mosquito nets and private verandas.

Activities: You can go snorkelling and diving. There is a PADI dive centre next to the hotel which arranges excursions. Other water-based activities include dhow cruises and deep sea fishing. There are nature trails and trips to places of interest, including 15th century ruins, can be organised.

Facilities: The communal area houses the lounge, dining area and bar. This is a large building constructed of wood and thatch with a high ceiling from which you have fine views of the gardens. Breakfast is a buffet-style meal while lunch and dinner and set menus. Food is continental with a high proportion of seafood. The beach bar serves snacks and light meals. The lodge provides sunbeds and sunshades on the beach. There is a gift shop and a laundry service. A safe is available at reception.

Dining: Food is a blend of Swahili, Italian and Indian influences. Meals are taken at individual tables in the main restaurant and at the beach bar. 

Children: Children of all ages are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is a good mobile signal. There is Wi-Fi internet access in the reception, lounge and restaurant. You can buy a local sim card from the lodge to obtain Wi-Fi in your room.

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