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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you need relax, mafia island lodge is the best place where you can find peace. The staff is friendly and if you have a request they always know how to settle. Food is delicious, especially the desserts! they are mouth-watering! Not only, infact here you can have wonderful experiences with diving and snorkeling! I had my first experience and... More 

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whitiris, Direttore at Mafia Island Lodge, responded to this review

Asante sana! Karibu.... Thank you very much my Dear, we hope to see you and your friends again for new adventures together. Iris More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is a beautiful hotel a little basic in places however it was really good I really enjoyed it. the staff were good wifi is restricted to the reception and the bar. The main attraction out there is diving and there are lots of opportunities to go. The best Octopus salad I've had to date. The aircon in my room... More 

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whitiris, Direttore at Mafia Island Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, smf dptty fot yjr noisr in your room. The aircondition is one of the things that we will change ho have something better and new. Pole pole.... You will be very welcome again. Iris and Giuliano More 

Dar Es Salaam Region, Tanzania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Old fashioned rooms but makes up with all the warmth and friendliness of the staff and the hosts. Great diving center - they also arrange for the whale shark diving experience. Do carry mosquitoe repellants for the evening. .. it can be quite irritating.

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whitiris, Direttore at Mafia Island Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your review, we hope to see you again in future so than you will see all the changements that we have already in agenda. Best regards Iris More 

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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Mafia Island Lodge for 5 nights. We had a great time. The diving is unbelievable and takes your breath away. The hotel has a new Italian manageress who is an extremely friendly and welcoming person. She made us feel very well looked after. She even organised a surprise sea food platter for us to celebrate our honeymoon!... More 

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whitiris, Direttore at Mafia Island Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much my dear, it was a real pleasure to have you with us a few days and relive the emotions of the honeymoon with you. We renew once again our best wishes for a long and happy life together. It would be really nice to see you again on the occasion of some anniversary. We can stay... More 

Houston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Mafia Island Lodge is an older, rustic lodge set at the southern end of coral island offshore Tanzania. It is located within a marine preserve and has a lovely narrow strip of soft white sand beach. The lodge was built in the 70's and needs some upgrading, but I was comfortable and enjoyed the funky setting. The main building... More 

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whitiris, Direttore generale at Mafia Island Lodge, responded to this review

It was a real pleasure for us to meet you and hear of your stories because you are adventurous and free-spirited. Did you bring us a fresh breath of emotions. There would please stay in touch with you and why not, meet you again for other underwater adventures with our diving center. Iris and Giuliano More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2016

We recently spent five days at Mafia Lodge, and we found it charming. It has a large open plan lounge/dining area with tea and coffee facilities, bar, dart board and pool table. We opted for the half board as you can get pizza and toasted sandwiches at lunch time. Dinner was great. It is a set menu with no options... More 

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whitiris, Direttore at Mafia Island Lodge, responded to this review

Hallo, and thanks for your review. With the new management from June 2016 we has changed a lot the menù and now all the guests can have many options for their meals. Best regards Iris More 

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed 27 January 2016

Mafia's Chole Bay and its immediate exit into the Indian Ocean easily has the best diving in Tanzania: schools of huge fish, turtles, barracudas, large corals, walls, and drifts. Mafia Island Lodge is co-located with Mafia Island Diving, which is the premier dive center on the island. If you are going to Mafia to dive, you should stay at the... More 

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2016

room are niece and clean .people very gentle and taking care.common spaces confortable,and also a good service at beach site. consider that you are virtually in the middle of nothing! wifi free,but sometimes not running

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016

We stayed 5 nights and our main activity was scuba diving. The staff and management are very friendly and helpful and provide great advice about your activities. The hotel is clean and very beautiful. The rooms are simple, clean and cute and make you feel at home. We liked their awareness about ecological footprint by focusing on local products and... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2015

The Good: What an awesome setting with a great entertainment area - huge thatch! The snorkeling in the Bay was excellent, but do a bit of exploring to the right of the beach bar at low tide. Lovely seaweed and grasses with a range of sea life different to the corals. Lion fish, rays, puffer fish and many more. Were... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Spa
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Beachfront
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Air Conditioning
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Mafia Island Lodge stands amidst tall palms on a sandy beach in Chole Bay, in the heart of the marine park near Utende village on South coast of Mafia. 14 superior rooms, 18 standard rooms and 2 family rooms are set among the coconut palms with their own veranda overlooking the bay. They are all self-contained with air conditioning. Twin and double beds are available. Among the 34 rooms there are 2 family suites, which are made out of 2 comfortable connecting rooms with one sharing bathroom, each one with its own veranda overlooking garden and sea. They may comfortably accommodate a max of 5 guests. All our rooms have garden and sea view. Hot and cold water is available 24 hours a day. The main lodge has a relaxing atmosphere with a large open restaurant, bar and lounge area. Board games, table tennis and volleyball are also available. Other facilities include a gift shop, laundry service, excursions, snorkelling, sailing and scuba diving. The cuisine is continental with an emphasis on seafood. Snacks, sandwiches and bitings are also available. Located on our beautiful beach - the only one in Chole Bay unaffected by tide - our Beach Bar offers light lunches and early afternoon fare such as salads, sandwiches and freshly caught fish, complemented by a fully-stocked bar. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Mafia Island Lodge

Address: Utende, Mafia Island, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Pwani Region > Mafia Island
Price Range: $200 - $233 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mafia Island Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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“If I'm ever back in Mafia island I will be staying here.”
 of 5 bubbles ianmilne667, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“It is worth it to pay the small surcharge for the "supperior" room.”
 of 5 bubbles bikeoholic, 3 Jan 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms are nice and similarly outfitted.”
 of 5 bubbles AnnieQ0729, 15 Sep 2015 | Read review
“brilliant scuba diving from here - dive centre was perfect”
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