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Mafia Marine National Park

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Address: Chole Bay, Mafia Island, Tanzania
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The best attraction in Mafia

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
martinae94
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San Salvador
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San Salvador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 by our travel agent it was cash only - they can take cards so don't... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gorgeous sunset. Warm Indian Ocean Water. Snorkeling was great. Felt very Tropical and the wind kept it cool.

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Marseille, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chole bay is a beautiful place to stay and the pace of life is very relaxing. Visibility was poor on my dives, but still lots of beautiful fish. Despite it being a protected park the coral had suffered from bleaching and dynamite fishing, such a shame. A snorkelling boat trip and a tour of Chole Island ('flying foxes' fruit bats)... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

The Mafia marine park is a bit expensive but offers some good dive spots. Unfortunately you cannot see that the fee directly benefits the local people (I am sure it does not) but nonetheless the marine area is worth experiencing. BigBlu is a nice resort to stay and dive.

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We enjoyed both the snorkeling and a sunset cruise (with drinks and snacks). We also hiked around Chole island which provided lots of contact with local kids.

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Thank Ron G
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Good variety of fish but sadly all of the coral is dead. Would go back again but only to dive as I've heard it's better.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Amazing marine life, turtles, Rays. Interesting and varied dives. Safe, very professional instructors- Jenny and Warren were so patient and enthusiastic. Thank you both.

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Thank Charlie731
Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

On a day trip into Chole Bay organized by Pole Pole Lodge, we went out sailing on a traditional wooden dhow type boat. The water was lovely and warm, with easy to see coral teeming with fish below. Lunch on the boat was delicious too. Highly recommended trip

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ackertron
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 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 to sleep in our hotel! It's not even a marine park! I can understand the... More 

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