Scuba Diving in Mafia Island
Whilst Mafia's topside is fascinating let's not forget other reasons why you would want to visit this island. The Marine Parkreefs offer a range of corals and fish like no other in the Indian Ocean. There are over 400 species of fish in the park with an unparalleled variety of hard and soft corals with fabulous dive sites offering shallow reefs of immense beauty and richness. Channels, walls and caves, wrecks, drift and night dives await and there are still years of exploration to do!
Almost all Mafia's best diving is at depths of less than 30m so it is a sport diver's paradise. Large predatory fish and turtles are common and surprisingly unaffected by approaching divers.
400 species of fish so far identified; many more still await determination. Expect to see shoaling and solitary fish giant clams, seafans, large groupers, wrasse and turtles (especially the hawksbill)
Sharks, guitarfish, turtles and basket sponges also feature and there are many large pelagics here, including sailfish, very large tuna and dolphins. Last but not least, it is possible to swim with whale sharks, one of the most exciting encounters sea lovers can dream.
One of the most exciting encounters sea lovers can dream of. A short trip by car will take you to Kilindoni harbour, buzzing with daily activities in a kaleidoscope of colours. In support of local fishermen, involved in a project for protection of whale sharks, guests will use their local boats and skills to spot the gentle giants quietly feeding on plankton a few hundred meters from the shore.
In spite nobody can assure that they will be seen, in the period between October and March the chances are extremely high and the hotel gets in touch early in the morning with local guides that spot them and signal their position. Swimming with whale sharks, the largest fish on the planet, requires no special skills but even looking at these beautiful creatures from the boat is an unforgettable experience.