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Mafia Island is the largest of a small archipelago in the paradise known as the Indian Ocean. It is the southern most in the archipelago made up of two other islands, Pemba & Zanzibar, located just off the coast of Tanzania. There is a small population on Mafia Island, generally consisting of fisher men and small scale farmers growing coconut, Paw-paw, Rice and Cassara. The vibe throughout the small island is very welcoming and laid back, with friendly locals. Here divers can experience swimming with Whale Sharks, and watch the hatching of turtles. The reefs are outstandingly beautiful and divers, with over 48 genera identified, and over 400 species of fish. Mafia Island is ideal for novices and experienced divers alike, with many of the islands best dive sites ranging from 5 meteres to 30 meters.
Belami Reef A shallow dive to 17m, there are many isolated coral heads and a profusion of small tropical fish. You can access here by a boat trip leaving from Utende or on a liveaboard. Kinasi Pass Wall This is an excellent site with walls and drop offs down to 22m. The marine life is impressive with large numbers of grouper, stingray and game fish. Reef sharks and tiger sharks can be seen as well as a profusion of smaller fish. Access is possible by a boat from Utende of from a liveaboard Sefo Reef Situated far out to sea in the Mafia Channel this site is the haunt of many large game fish . The reef is in pristine condition but the site is not dived much due to it’s accessibility. However for those with time this is a great dive experience. You can get here by live aboard or a long boat trip from Ras Kisimani on the East coast. Kaule Reef Corals Good for night dives due to the profusion of lobster that is found here, this is a shallow dive to 18m. Turtles are often seen and there is a good variety of coral. Acess is possible through a live aboard or a boat trip from Ras Kisimani.