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MAFIA DIVING TOUR

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SCUBA DIVING TOUR EXPERIENCE IN MAFIA WITH AFRICANMECCA

On your Indian Ocean diving vacation in Africa, you must plan a visit to the Mafia Island Marine Park, an incredible underwater world that houses more than 52 species of coral reef that create a biosphere for the amazingly diverse range of sea creatures that abound here. This marine reserve covers an area of 822 square kilometers (317 square miles) and is the largest in the Indian Ocean. The southern section of Mafia Island along with a collection of small and large islands all form a part of the reserve. On the west of the park is the Rufiji River Delta that brings fresh, sweet water to the corals and to the east is the Indian Ocean. This confluence of the waters along with its tropical climate have contributed to the protection and proliferation of the coral reefs that would have otherwise have been ruined by irregular weather patterns that occur in the ocean. The marine landscape is truly exciting to view. You will see leaves of seagrass, channels crafted by the tides and undersea inclines and precipices. As you learn on your AfricanMecca tour of Mafia Island, Chole Bay is the most remarkable section of the park. With depths ranging from 1 to 28 meters and spread over 50 square kilometers (20 square miles), Chole is a circular bay that is protected from the annual monsoon gales by the islands that surround it. This factor allows diving expeditions all through the year, and as a result, the reef and its colorful marine life attract divers and snorkelers from the world over. When underwater exploring in the environs of Mafia Island Marine Park on your diving trip to Tanzania, you will encounter more than 460 species of fish like potato groupers, malabar groupers, angelfish, sweetlips, triggerfish and small emperors also called changu. You will also see barracudas and bluefins trevally along with reef sharks and giant eagle rays hunting the rich underworld while shoals of blue-striped and yellow kashmiri snappers fill the landscape with splendid hues.

Also watch out for the stingrays hiding out in the sea caves, and as you make for the surface, you might encounter spinner and bottlenose dolphins playing on the surface or investigating the divers. While staying on Mafia Island, you can also go on shore diving trips in the night. There are three main dive shore areas with fascinating reef names like Chekechea, Frogfish Town and Nudi City. At 10 meters below the surface, you can spot frogfish, stingrays, harlequin shrimps, crocodilefish, seahorses, spanish dancers, octopus, squids, nudibranchs, a kind of sea slugs and many more. There are other scintillating sites inside Chole Bay like at the Kinasi Pass and Milimani (north and south), Chole Wall, Coral Islands, Coral Gardens, Corinne's Reef, Pyramid and Msumbiji, but you can also go diving outside the bay where you could spot giant reef rays, groupers, jacks, snappers and sometimes sharks. The dive sites outside the Chole Bay are Kinasi Pass Entrance, Juani Reef, Dindini Wall (north and south), Mikadini and Jina Wall. You could also add daylong south sandbanks diving trips to your AfricanMecca holiday itinerary when traveling around Mafia Island to view dolphins or whales during their migratory seasons. Experienced advance divers can experience the thrill of exploratory scuba diving and the chance of discovering an as yet unfamiliar underwater cave or cliff (read more on when is the best time to go to Mafia).

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WANT TO VISIT ZANZIBAR?
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WANT TO VISIT ZANZIBAR?

An exquisite Indian Ocean jewel, off the east coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar or the Spice Island is a laid-back little settlement where history whispers and pristine beaches sooth your mind, body and soul.

WHERE TO STAY IN MAFIA
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WHERE TO STAY IN MAFIA

Mafia Island has varied beach accommodations, from Chole Mjini's treehouse experience, Kinasi Lodge's stone walled cottages, Pole Pole's rustic bungalow suites to Mafia Island Lodge's value guest rooms.

GUIDE ON MAFIA
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GUIDE ON MAFIA

With the Rufiji River Delta on the western mainland of Tanzania and the expansive Indian Ocean on the east, Mafia Island offers unspoiled white beaches washed by the crystal azure waters of its marine park.

BEST TIME TO VISIT MAFIA
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BEST TIME TO VISIT MAFIA

Because of its siting close to the equator on the south, Mafia has a warm, pleasant year-round temperature without any extreme variability but with two wet seasons and two dry seasons like most of Tanzania.

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EAST AFRICA SAFARI AND BEACH TRIP IDEA FOR MAFIA IN EASTERN TANZANIA

When beach vacationing in Mafia, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Mafia Island attractions and tour activities after your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.

You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous, Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.

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