Imagine a breath-taking island with a lush green interior, white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters filled with beautiful coral reefs: this is Mafia Island, also known for its whale sharks! Located 160 km south of Zanzibar, Mafia Island hosts some of the most diverse marine life of Eastern Africa, with over 50 types of corals and 400 species of fish. The island is also one of the planet’s growing hot spots for whale sharks sightings, with WWF registering not less than 180 individuals in December 2017!
The dive center runs regular beach clean ups and Project AWARE Dive Against Debris events. They also run a patrol boat every day in conjunction with Mafia Island Marine Park.
For divers who want to escape the crowds. A good destination for snorkellers too with shallow coral reefs and the opportunity to snorkel with whale sharks. Non-diving partners can go on excursions to see some 10th and 12th century ruins, discover amazing sand banks, and witness turtle hatching in season.