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“Ok....but basic and a bit over priced.”
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Whale Shark Lodge
Reviewed 8 January 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights and were unlucky with the weather and the power on the island which was out the whole time which meant we had no light or water a lot of the time. We have friends who have stayed here and really liked it so I suspect we were a bit unlucky. The rooms themselves and the grounds and bar are nice enough and it has a friendly, sociable feel. The food however is pretty terrible and reasonably expensive and they were often out of various food and drinks. The staff are friendly but don't really speak English and spent much of the day asleep! The owner Carlos proved himself to be a very good guy at the end by helping us to find another lodge and giving us a discount for having no power or water. His attitude to us was excellent when we told him we were checking out. I think he just needs to be around more to let his guests know what is going on and answer questions as we hardly saw him over the 4 days.

So overall it's ok (and the cheaper options on the island sound really dire!). But for the price I expected a fair bit more.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

We stayed several days at Whaleshark. The accommodation was lovely,and the breezy bar and sunset views were an asset
All the staff were really friendly and helpful and we must give a special mention to the delightful Aneste. My husband was ill during our stay and Aneste made him an outdoor bed when the electricity failed. If you think you may be ill it is a good place to be as the hospital is only a minute away. We had very good , kind treatment with clean needles etc and were charged next to nothing despite the hospital clearly having very poor conditions
Carlos and the rest of the staff were as helpful as possible.
Be aware that the whole island regularly loses electricity, so your fan will be little help to you and you may prefer to take your own net , so you can sleep outside
Also be aware that whaleshark operates on Africa time. Not everything happens when you expect but everyone is so nice , if you relax into the ambience you will enjoy your stay.

Room Tip: Only 2 bandas have ensuite shower , but the communal facilities are clean and good and non ensuite i...
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

Lodge is very close to Airport and town with nightlife. The owner of the Lodge (Carlos) picks you up at Airport. The Lodge is simple but very cosy. There is a "restaurant" (we ordered dinner when we arrived in the morning) and a bar and you see the beautiful sunset before having your dinner. Equipment for swimming with sharks is included! If you like to have a hot shower, ask for it and they bring hot water to your room.
Best: You go swimming with Whale sharks! Carlos organizes a boat trip (30000 Schilling/ person) with pick up right at the beach from the Lodge! All equipment is included.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Patricia K
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

Simple and basic but clean and comfortable rooms. Amazing view from lounge and dining areas with a spectacular sunset guaranteed. Manager Carlos friendly and very helpful. He met us at the airport and arranged all activities for us. We ordered our dinner after breakfast and Carlos made sure it was fresh from the ocean by the time we got back from an amazing day whale shark watching and snorkeling!

Recommend Whale Shark lodge to anyone if you traveling on a budget.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank jjp_1375
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

a view over the sea from high up , an amazing beach , close to the village , friendly staff and fresh food.

but wat makes this place so so great is the manager. He is very friendly and always willing to help out.

The rooms are basic, sometimes there is no electricity, but that is maffia... simple , quite and relaxing.

hope who ever goes sees the whale sharks..... !!!!!!!!!amazing !!!!!!!!! must seee!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Thank travelman79
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

This place was a really mixed experience.

The Good

- The Whale Shark Lodge is in a really nice spot overlooking the water. It's a relaxing place to spend some time.
- The staff are friendly
- Food was basic but tasty
- Easy to get a boat tour from the hotel

The Bad

- Management is not good here. We rang to make a booking two weeks before arrival. Carlos accepted the booking which we confirmed via email. When we rang from the airport before flying to Mafia Island it was as though Carlos had never heard of us. When we arrived there was no available room for us so we were put up in a tent (which was very hot). Carlos blamed his manager, who if they were the nineteen year old kids they did not have enough training.

When we got in a room it was basic but fine.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank samurai_dave
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Reviewed 7 June 2011

This is the best accommodation in the village of Kilindoni (I am not speaking about hotels on the other side of the island, inside the Marine Park, where the park fee must be paid daily). It is located near the airport, on the outskirts of the village. They have comfortable self-contained and non self-contained houses (note, both are at the same price, about 20 USD). Breakfast might be on a smaller side, it includes just fruits, tea/ coffee and bread, but it's possible to order additional things available, like eggs, for example. Food is cheaper at the local eateries in the village center, of course.
They make reliable whale shark watching trips, but check the fins before you start, some were broken as I visited. The trip can be cheap, if there are many people participating. On one of the days I wanted to go, but there were no other people, so I decided to go alone and paid around 40 USD for the whole boat. It is 15-20 USD per person, if there are more people.

Room Tip: Ask for selfcontained bandas, they cost the same.
  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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2  Thank Mikhail_Goldovski
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Address: Kilindoni Village, Mafia Island, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Pwani Region > Mafia Island
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Ranked #6 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Mafia Island
Price Range: £23 - £30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
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