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Mafia Marine National Park

Chole Bay, Mafia Island, Tanzania
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lotsa fish, poor vis at low tide

The marine reserve has lots of mangrove around it - very healthy, but at low tide the silt is... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Very interesting Ruine and perfect sunset . To recommend!!!!!!! The lagoon was special and the... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
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Chole Bay, Mafia Island, Tanzania
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

The marine reserve has lots of mangrove around it - very healthy, but at low tide the silt is pulled out into the bay and the visibility is miserable. Went with two different dive centres, neither of them said anything about better diving at high...More

Thank robm4747
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Very interesting Ruine and perfect sunset . To recommend!!!!!!! The lagoon was special and the snorkeling very full with nice fish

Thank filoswitzerland
Reviewed 27 February 2017

When I first dove into the bay, the vis and dull corals were a bit of a disappointment but the diving grew on me. The amount of sea life and the variety were amazing. You have several options for diving - off shore, in bay...More

Thank hhl
Reviewed 20 February 2017

You go to Mafia Island to dive - this means visiting the marine park, for which you will have to pay $23 per day before you even get in the water. The reefs are very healthy with lots of marine life. The park authorities are...More

Thank solomonp
Reviewed 15 February 2017

To enter to Marine Park you must pay 24 usd / day, even you stay at a hotel over there or participate to one of the excursions. Amount paid as entrance fee is not spent to improve living standards of local people, or not used...More

Thank Serdar K
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Superb marine life, unbleached corals, intense colours, interesting species and much to be seen at less than 20m depth. However no dropoffs within easy reach, no big fish within lagoon, & tidal murk might be a problem at spring tides. Saw lionfish, clownfish (different from...More

1  Thank Owen M
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Worth the marine park fee for the beautiful coral and fish! You need a lodge to take you out on the water - we used Big Blu who were super.

Thank Alexaduplessis
Reviewed 22 December 2016

We have enjoyed several days strolling along beaches, snorkelling and diving in this beautiful piece of island.

Thank Chael K
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Lovely place to be a have a pleasant walk in the beach or a family picnic. Great place to explore some old Kilwa buildings, including a 700 year old watering hole. Beautiful sunset.

Thank martinae94
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

We spent 5 nights in Pole Pole within the marine park. Amazing snorkelling and great dive centre, we don't dive but all the people we met who dived said it was amazing. We had to pay $20 per day per person entry and were told...More

Thank Debbie B
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