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Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre & Resort

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Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre & Resort

2 star hotel
Utende BeachUtende, Utende, Mafia Island, Tanzania
17 rooms
YES ($) Internet

Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre

PADI 5 star dive center
Max 6 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Discover miles of white sand coast line and coral reefs inside Utende's Marine Park
  • Don't miss your chance to see hatching turtles (June- Sept) and whale sharks (Nov-March)
  • Time your vacation right and witness migrating humpback whales (July-Sept)
  • Breath in the sea air at the ocean-facing restaurant, serving food all day
  • Explore the ruins of the old city of Kua, a 10th Century trading link for Africa and Asia
  • Check out Kua Lagoon- a fierce blue lagoon that fills with upsidedown jellyfish!
  • For an unforgettable experience, spend your day exploring uninhabited sandbanks
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Booking process


Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot


We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final


You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 55%
  • 75 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 0.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 40 days prior to arrival
  • 50.0% will be charged if you cancel between 40 and 23 days prior to arrival
  • 75.0% will be charged if you cancel between 23 and 16 days prior to arrival
  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 16 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre & Resort

Dive Center


  • PADI 5* Dive Resort on Mafia Island
  • 16+ dive sites reachable by shore or boat
  • Traditional dhows and fibreglass boat
  • New and well-maintained Scubapro rental gear
  • Large wet room for gear storage
  • Recreational and professional level training


Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre is a large, fully-equipped dive center on Mafia Island, Tanzania. 

The team offer a broad range of shore and boat diving trips to 16+ dive sites around Chloe Bay and beyond. 

Facilities include a large wet-room where you can hang and store your hired or personal diving gear during your stay. Most rental equipment was purchased in 2015-2016, and all is well-maintained and looked after.

There are several dhows (traditional wooden boats) and a fibreglass boat. If the wind is good, it is possible to sail to each dive site.

A full range of recreational, specialty and professional PADI courses are available. 

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PADI® Courses Available

  • Project Aware Specialties
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Beach Front Location
  • House Reef
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Filling Station

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Other

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center
  • Padi 5 Star Idc
  • Padi 5 Star Idc Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Cdc
  • Padi 100% Aware

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits

Resort Amenities


  • Book Swap/Library
  • Island Hopping
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Sandbank
  • Sunset Cruises

Great for families

  • Board Games


  • Restaurant
  • Beach Front
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Heating


  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi ($)

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Halal Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Massage Services

Resort Description

Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre & Resort is located within Utende's Marine Park, on the South-East coast of Mafia Island. 

The resort boasts a beachfront location with panoramic views of Chole Bay. Safari tents and bungalows are set within tropical Tanzanian gardens and shaded by palm trees. 

The on-site restaurant serves locally-inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner with peaceful ocean views. 

Besides diving, guests can explore Chole Island, Kua Lagoon & Ruins and local sandbanks. It is possible to snorkel with whale sharks (November - March), watch turtles hatch (June - Sept) or go whale watching (July - September). 

How to get there


  • The best airport to fly to is Mafia Airport
  • Return-trip transfers can be arranged in advance to pick you up from the airport (additional cost, confirm your transfer at time of booking). 
  • Check in time is 12pm. 


  • Check out time is 10am.
  • The resort offers round-trip transfers from/to Mafia Airport (advance notice required, additional cost). 


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