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Mafia Marine National Park

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A memorable excursion

The snorkeling is great in clear water with hundreds of bright colourful fish. The Blue Lagoon is... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Liz H
Cape Town, South Africa
enjoying aquatic wildlife and the coral gardens

Superb location for both snorkeling and diving. Beautiful corals and opportunities to see sea... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Chole Bay, Mafia Island, Tanzania
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed November 9, 2010

We had a day within the Marine Park, it was, fine. Chole Bay is beautiful, and the snorkeling was good although the beach at Utende wasn't up to much, a bit dirty and having spent time on the other side of the island quite busy...More

3  Thank Liverpoolwonder
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Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

We stayed at a home stay literally 50m past the marine park checkpoint where you had to stop and pay entry fee. The fee was $20 per person per day! This is crazy, so we had to pay $20 extra each just to be allowed...More

2  Thank ackertron
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Reviewed yesterday

The snorkeling is great in clear water with hundreds of bright colourful fish. The Blue Lagoon is smaller than I thought but interesting with all the shades of blue with jellyfish, thankfully staying on the floorbed. On the way to the Blue Lagoon the sea...More

Thank Liz H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Superb location for both snorkeling and diving. Beautiful corals and opportunities to see sea turtles

Thank davidboselie
Reviewed October 4, 2018

We booked our 4 nights stay in Utende, in Marine national Park. We got shocked right at the gate since the entrace fee is 20 USD per day per person, which we didnt have a clue about. The Untende beach is not really nice, its...More

Thank Excursion820705
Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

It is very sad that there is very little evidence of what the extremely high charge is going to $24 per day per person, this soon adds up especially for a family. I have only seen the Marine Park boat traveling at high speed checking...More

Thank Flynn-Ryan
Reviewed August 9, 2018

This was right next to our hotel, Butiama Beach, so was convenient for a walk or stroll. The status of the tide makes a huge different on what you see!

Thank Catherine A
Reviewed June 14, 2018

Biggest mistake of our trip. The cost to stay in the park isn't cheap. If the money was used to protect the park no problem but not sure what they do with the money. Don't know why its considered a marine park. The locals still...More

Thank dmc112
Reviewed March 6, 2018

My impressions may have been affected by the fact that the tide was working against me during my stay....when the tide goes out it does pull sediment from the mangroves and this affected the visibility. The variety of fish life was good and some of...More

Thank randi f
Reviewed February 21, 2018

Many people go to Zanzibar for the beach holidays and dive there. But if diving is your key focus, the Mafia Marine National Park offers a more pristine experience with less tourists and -in my eyes- a better diving experience. As a bonus : going...More

1  Thank Dirk N
Reviewed February 13, 2018

We swam through gorgeous coral gardens & swarms of colourful reef fish. Water clarity was decent, there was no current to speak of and our guide did a good job of pointing out interesting species. Best snorkelling I've seen along the Tanzanian coast.

Thank DickEbird
Reviewed February 6, 2018 via mobile

i stayed in kilindori: the idea of paying 23.60 usd/day on top of accommodation and food and activities was not appealing ( as you must take some activities as the beaches are mostly not swimmable due to the tide. 2 nice beaches are: in the...More

Thank lucia m
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