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Mafia Island Marine Park-Whale Shark Watching, Diving, Deep Sea Fishing & Snorkeling
Mafia Island is blessed with a lot of marine life. Mafia Island Marine Park is ideal place to visit if you are lover of Marine life and under water coral garden. Moreover there is beautiful mangrove forest packed with a lot sea creatures and birds. Mafia Island and its reefs are renowned as an excellent, world-class diving destination. Mafia has some of the richest reefs in the world, with an unparalleled variety of hard and soft corals and diversity of tropical fish.
Depart Zanzibar Airport at 0930am or 0230pm depending on availability of flight. The flight its via Dar es Salaam. Arrive shortly after an hour and half. Up on arrival at Mafia Airstrip transfer to your hotel. Relax at leisure having time to swim in the sea or sunbathing, lunch and dinner then overnight at Pole Pole Bungalows. Accommodation can be upgraded to higher level options (at extra costs) or downgraded to more economic ones (price reduction). This Tour can start and ends also in Dar es Salaam.
Early breakfast then venture in to trip to see the whale Shark! These beautiful giants are seasonally found just a few hundred meters offshore near Kilindoni Harbour. A short boat ride towards the west brings us to a feeding ground for the sharks and soon fins and dark shapes are apparent. Up to 24 can be seen at any one time: males, females and juveniles, all beautifully marked with stripes and spots. The larger sharks are estimated at over 8 m long, so they are an impressive sight next to the boat, and quite stunning under the water. The boat is able to move among them quietly and you can swim and snorkel to get a closer, underwater view of these gentle, wonderful animals. The sharks remain in a well-defined area and have a repetitive for them. Back to the hotel for lunch relax. The whale shark trip can be combined with a picnic on the beach, swimming, a trip to the Kilindoni Market or a full day to Ras Kisimani or Bwejuu Island an an extra cost! Dinner and overnight Pole Pole Hotel.
After breakfast, possibility to visit Chole Mjini or snorkel in the Marine Park. There are a variety of beaches and sand bars within a short distance of Pole Pole in Chole Bay such as Miewe, Mvinje, Marimbani Sand Bar and Mchangani. Any other excursion such as snorkeling, sunset cruise mentioned above can be booked and paid direct at the hotel. The after transfers to Airstrip for your flights to Zanzibar departing either 1245pm with arrival time 0220pm or departing at 0430pm arrive at 0550pm.