Lying just south of Zanzibar, the beach and ocean wonderland of Mafia Island is an exciting and adventurous alternative to its popular neighbour. The largest island in an archipelago system, Mafia offers guests white sand beaches, sublime marine wildlife and the exclusive feeling of complete seclusion.
The island is surrounded by a barrier reef teeming with sea life and almost half of its coastline has been designated as protected marine park. Exotic fish, turtles and more than 50 different types of coral populate the waters while on land small hippos, flying foxes, sunbirds, bushbabies, pygmy shrew, monkeys and monitor lizards can be found.
Islets and sand bars call out to be explored and there are beautiful bays, beaches and a blue lagoon just waiting to be discovered. The island is dotted with secluded picnic spots, magnificent baobabs, mangrove thickets and patches of rainforest. Those with an eye for history will be captivated by the 12th century Kua ruins while diving enthusiasts will find excellent opportunities for both novices and advanced divers.
When to go
Zanzibar is year-round destination with an average monthly temperature of 30°c (86°f).
What to do
- Tour archaeological sites
- Village visites
- Explore nearby islands