Mafia Archipelago


Mafia Archipelago is one island off Tanzania’s coast that encourages visitors to explore its offshore islands and sand bars. As a perfect, little-visited alternative to other Indian Ocean locations around Zanzibar and along the coast, Mafia and its surrounding archipelago including Jibondo, Juani and Chole have a great deal to offer.

The Mafia is scattered over the Indian Ocean just a 30-60-minute flight from Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam, the largest of a score of islands, atolls and tidal sandbars. 

Best Tourist Activities in Mafia

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

Its reefs are renowned as an excellent, world-class diving destination. Mafia has some of the most precious beaches in the world, with an unparalleled variety of hard and soft corals and diversity of tropical fish.


Excellent spots for kayaking; touring the bays and beaches and for explorations.

Dhow Sailing

One of the simplest, most relaxing and scenic excursions – a gentle sail around the island bay, a unique trip, sailing around spectacular views of the islands.


Fishing is widespread for many species including sailfish, wahoo, giant trevally, barracuda, kingfish and a variety of tunas.

Guided excursions / Cycling

Typically guided excursion is arranged to the islands and village communities of Chole and Jibondo, to experience nature, culture and history of the islands.

Sunset Cruise

A superb option for couples, families and friends to sit back and relax with a drink in hand.