Located 75 miles south of Dar es Salaam, Mafia Island’s name derives from a tribe from ancient Yemen who dominated the coast some 3,000 years ago. Mafia island is a little off the beaten track and is ideal for discerning travellers who would like to relax away from the more popular Zanzibar.
Mafia Island is surrounded by some of the richest reefs in the world with over 50 types of coral and 400 species of fish identified so far. Mafia’s best diving is at depths of less than 30 metres, where you can see most kinds of tropical marine habitats including exposed fringing reefs, rock walls, soft corals and algae dominated reefs.
Mafia’s fascinating history and stunning beaches, combined with its luxurious and discreet hotels, make it one of Tanzania’s hidden gems.
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