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Mafia Island Diving

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Address: | Utende Beach, Mafia Island 00000, Tanzania
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+255 688 218 569

Mafia Island Diving is Mafia Island's leading dive centre and the only one...

Mafia Island Diving is Mafia Island's leading dive centre and the only one officially rated PADI 5 stars. It is run by a PADI Master Instructor and a PADI MSDT. We make a point for all our dive guides to be at least Divmasters. We offer the widest range of water and land based activities. Our dive sites are suitable for both beginners and advanced certified divers. We also offer PADI's full range of courses, from Discover Diving to Assistant Instructor and 15 different specialities. Divers and non-divers alike can also enjoy snorkelling, whale sharks excursions, whale watching, turtle hatching, birdwatching, island tours & picnics, jeep tours and much more.

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Excellent Hidden Gem

I guess I hope that it isn't hidden for long as the dive operation is first class as is the diving. The owners and staff were great, friendly and very knowledgeable of the marine... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Martin M
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

I guess I hope that it isn't hidden for long as the dive operation is first class as is the diving. The owners and staff were great, friendly and very knowledgeable of the marine life in the area. Since the location is rather isolated the reefs and diving conditions are in great shape. David and Danielle and their staff made... More 

Thank Martin M
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

I was very new to diving when I visited so I've waited a while to comment so I have a point of comparison. Everything Mafia Island Diving did was amazing, both at the time and now I have more experience to look back. From the first emails to arrange everything to the dives themselves, nothing was too much trouble and... More 

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Pasadena, Ca
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Mafia Island Diving was a wonderful dive center and tour operator who embraces and is a part of the local community. We had a wonderful time on their cultural tours and amazing dives with them. Highly recommended!

Thank sigiandralph
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

David who runs the Mafia Diving Center makes every wish possible from diving, snorkeling to daily excursions. The Mafia Island would not be the same without this diving center that makes every day memorable. Its staff is very competent and happy to assist you with whatever you might need. We snorkeled twice (private tours) and did numerous excursions (max.4 people).... More 

Thank Ester S
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4 reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

David, Danielle and all of the staff made every effort to make your diving experience safe, organized and personalized. They have gorgeous reefs to explore and stupendous marine life. Thanks to all! Tia and SF

Thank Tia M
The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

I had a great experience with Mafia Island Diving, not only did they provide the luxury of coming to you during diner to discuss the plans for the next day but they are able to make it feel like everything is possible. All the daytrips i did (one off them, Chole island highly recommendable) i booked with them. Also the... More 

Thank Luzzzzzzz
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Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

The owner David is very nice and professional. He knows everything about diving in Mafia. His team is very well trained. I definitely recommend them.

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

We had a great time with Mafia Divers. I emailed first and got a very helpful (and accurate) rundown on what to expect underwater. The boat staff were extremely good and thoughtful - they set up all your gear and bring it to you on the dhow for backflip entry. The boats were comfortable and in good shape. Snacks and... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

As a low-experience diver, I'm interested in diving with companies that care about safety before money. Mafia Island Diving Center is one of them. They made it very clear where I could and couldn't go for my experience level. Briefing was very complete, including conservation of the marine park and being respectful of underwater life. I rented equipment that was... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

My husband and I spent 3 days on Mafia Island. Went immediately to see Dave at the dive shop upon arrival. We were most interested in swimming with whale sharks, and Dave made all the arrangements with another company for us to do that the next morning. Had an amazing day with Kitu Kiblu. On the second day, we did... More 

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