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Mafia Island
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Mafia Island ("Chole Shamba") is an island in Tanzania. According to the 2002 Tanzania census, the population of the Mafia District was 40,801. The economy is based on fishing, subsistence agriculture and the market in Kilindoni. The island attracts some tourists, mainly adventure scuba divers, game fishermen, and people wanting relaxation.

Kilindoni, with a population of around 12,000 is the main town of Mafia island and although there are a number of shops in the town they offer limited supplies. It is only a 1 km from Mafia Island international airport.


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Mafia Island has a port of entry/exit, Kilindoni, for Tanzania. For details see Entrance: Tanzania.


There is port but there is a long pier and bridge in Kilindoni. Yachts anchor off.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



Kilindoni Anchorage

Kilindoni Anchorage/wiki/Mafia_Island#Kilindoni_Anchorage
Anchorage icon Kilindoni Anchorage [[Mafia Island#Kilindoni Anchorage|Kilindoni Anchorage]] 07°53.498'S, 039°38.874'E
Port of Entry
Anchor in about 10 m depth at the end of the long pier.


Anchorage icon Utende [[Mafia Island#Utende|Utende]] 07°58.241'S, 039°45.275'E
Anchor in 2 - 8 m depth.


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Eating out

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  • There are two airlines with regular service from Dar es Salam to Mafia's Kilindoni airport and flights take about 30 minutes

See also Tanzania.



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Places to Visit

With white sandy beaches, dazzling aquamarine waters and refreshingly few tourists, Mafia is often described as Zanzibar 30 years ago: a laid-back eco-alternative with no tarmac roads, few hotels, no shops, no ATMs (credit cards are accepted at the up-market lodges) which is not geared for mainstream tourism. But be warned, if you want fancy shops and a wild night-life, Mafia isn’t for you!


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


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See Tanzania.


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