Activities: On Foot, Beach Holiday, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Sun & Sea Adventure.
Pole Pole Beach Bungalow “Pole Pole” means “Take it easy in Swahili” is a luxury and small & exclusive resort set on the southern side of the main Mafia Island – Names by “The Times” Travel & Leisure to “10 Secret Beaches in The World”. Skyways Expeditions highly recommended ideal place for the honeymooners, It has pleasant tropical gardens and spectacular ocean views. The 7 elegant and spacious bungalows are built by local craftsman, entirely out of wood and raised on stilts. The entire bungalows are spacious with a private veranda overlooking a stretch of sandy beach of Indian ocean and Chole Bay. All bungalows are fully en-suite and fitted with attractive bathroom furniture, promises personal attention and service.
Pole Pole Beach Bungalow gourmet meals are served in the dining / bar lounge with an attractive ethnical décor. The meals are a mixture of culinary traditions with a touch of Italian first class cuisine and some times “Taste of Africa” Swahili dishes recipe from Mafia Island.
Pole Pole Beach Bungalow offers various excursion daily boat trips, in traditional dhows, to various destinations around the Mafia Island and Chole Bay day excursions to:-
Day Trips & Excursions
Chole Island – The oldest, still inhabited settlement in the archipelago, with the ruins of some Arab buildings used by the Germans during the First World War.
Fungo Marimbani – A strip of dazzling white sand which appears during low tide, surrounded by crystal-clear water.
Juani – Blue Lagoon – The southern point of Juani is bisected by a long channel linking the huge inland bay with the open sea.
Juani – Kua – On Juani, one of the largest and most characteristic islands in the archipelago, are the ruins of the ancient city of Kua, whose decline – as yet unexplained by archaeological and historical research – is the object of many legends.
Jibondo – The island of Jibondo is at about an hour’s boat-trip from Utende and is characterised by the unique conformation of the western tip and the surrounding emerald-green waters.
Kitutia – Kitutia is one of the archipelago’s most beautiful coral reefs with two strips of fine white sand which remain exposed during low tide.
Ras Mkumbi lighthouse – Situated on the west point of Mafia island, the lighthouse can be reached by a three-hour car-journey taking you right across the island and its changing landscape.
Bwejuu – Considered by many to be the most beautiful island in the archipelago thanks to its position and its sandy banks, Bwejuu is less than two kilometres long and no more than two hundred metres wide at its widest point.
Chuwia – An hour by jeep along a track passing through one of the most characteristic landscapes of the island and an easy trek though a stretch of virgin forest take you to one of Chole Bay’s most inaccessible beaches.
Scuba Diving and Activities
The warm, colourful waters of the Indian Ocean surrounding Mafia Island provide an ideal location for many sea activities. Enjoy some of the best diving and snorkeling there is off the East African coast exploring the many coral reefs that are teaming with tropical marine life. There are over 400 species of fish inhabiting the reefs around Mafia Island.
The fully equipped dive centre for beginners & experienced divers offers PADI certifications. The best months for scuba diving are September to March & snorkelling can be done all year round in the sheltered, calm waters of Chole Bay.
Many islets and natural, unspoilt sandbars surround Mafia Island. One can enjoy a picnic lunch at one of these locations after sailing there on a traditional dhow. There are also the options of sport fishing, walking or biking on the nature trails, sea kayaking, and other beach activities that can be enjoyed.
Chole island is home to a large colony of Comoros Flying Foxes or fruit bats found only in Mafia and the Comoro Islands and there are also some ancient ruins remaining on a few of the islets. The ruins date back to the 15th century from the first Arab settlers and are interesting to visit. One can also experience the friendly culture of the Swahili people with tours through the local villages. There is a day trip to the Northern part of Mafia where you will get the to experience of the full diversity of the fauna and flora on the island, as well as see some of Mafia’s most pristine and beautiful beaches.
WHAT IS INCLUDED: 6 Days 5 Nights Full board accomodation at Pole Pole Beach Bungalow in Mafia island, Airport transfer on Arrival and departure at Mafial Island.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: Beverages, Drinks, Tips, All domestic and International flights, Airport taxes and visas, Items of personal nature such as Laundry, Telephone Calls, Faxes, Liability and Travel Insurance etc, anything that is not mentioned on the above Pole Pole offer, Marine park fees US$10, Airport transfer in Dar es Salaam.