Me and my girlfriend stayed here for three days after our stay in Zanzibar. Our primary purpose for staying at Mafia Island was Whale shark snorkeling. Blue house mafia and the manager, Mohamed can arrange for any activity on the Island.
Blue House has 5 simple bungalows in a very nice property in Utende, Mafia Island. Located close to Chole Bay, (some of the best coral reef snorkeling I have ever done) Blue house mafia is located inside the Marine Park in Mafia Island, and is a very nice place. We payed 30 USD per night per person for one double bungalow with breakfast and dinner included. Normal BB is 25 USD i Think. Staying anywhere else in Mafia Island is ridiculously expensive, E.G. the lodge next to Blue house cost around 300 USD per night...
The first day we did snorkeling in Chole bay for 20 USD per person, wich was very nice. If you are lucky you can also see Turtles here. During the Autumn you can also see turtles hatch, we did not see this because we went in January 2013... But would maybe come back one day for that.
The second day we went with the blue house people to swim with whale sharks and after a 20 min boat ride we found about 8 of them( the whale shark season I think is from december to february or somehting, ( not quite sure) The cost was originally 55 USD per person, but we teamed up with another copuple and got it for 40 USD per person. and it was totally worth it...
Besides from having an awesome experience with the entire stay I just have to mention the great kindness and hospitality of Mohamed the manager of Blue House mafia. My girlfriend had lost her Iphone in the taxi on the way to the airport in Zanzibar, and we though for sure it was lost. We told this to Mohamed when we arrived and he efficiently contacted the hostel where we ordered the taxi and got the hold of the taxi driver, who turned out had the Iphone and was willing to give it back. The only problem was that we were in Mafia and he was in Paje, Zanzibar. Mohamed arranged through his friends in Tropical Airlines for the taxi driver to drive all the way from Paje to ZAnzibar Airport and deliver it to Mohameds friends here, which would then in turn bring the Iphone to Dar es salaam the next day! The only thing the Taxi driver wanted was 35 USD for driving back and forth from the Zanzibar airport. Which Mohamed helped us transfer through some kind of cellphone transaction service.
We where totally amazed by how this man helped us out with this problem, and also of how he fixed everything in one day. When we got back to Dar we only needed to ask for the Iphone in the tropical Airlines office and there it was. Mohamed also took the same flight as us back to Dar and he and his family drove us all the way to our hostel, and he wanted nothing in return for all the help he had given us.
Also: if you want to go to Blue house mafia you should contact Mohamed on email or phone and he can help you get to Mafia cheaper. We got tickets for USD 90 through Mohamed with Tropical Airlines from Dar to Mafia. I think the original price is 120 USD.
I recommend all budget travelers to stay at Blue house mafia if they want to have a good and cheap experience and see the whale sharks/corals/turtles in Mafia.
For good deals contact Mohamed at: email@example.com or phone: +255 755 828 825
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mafia Beach Bungalows is a low cost budget accommodation situated in Chole Bay in the Marine Park.We offer Diving,snorkeling,Game fishing,swimming with whale sharks and local tours.We can provide a complete diving holiday package including all your scuba diving and snorkeling needs. Local sites are suitable for all levels of experience from beginner to advanced; you can dive inside the Bay as well as outside. Soft and hard corals, sponges and anemones abound can be seen on the untouched reef, and whether you are a total novice, snorkeler or keen diver, you will be amazed.....Mafia Waters offer some of the best deep sea fishing and holder of many world records.General informationThe Mafia archipelago consists of one large island (394 km²) and several smaller ones. Some of these are inhabited, such as Chole Island (2 km²), with a population of 800. Chole Bay, Mafia's protected deep-water anchorage and original harbor, is studded with islands, sandbanks and beaches. The main town is Kilindoni. The stretch of water between the deltas of the Rufiji River and the island is called Mafia Channel.. ... more less
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