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Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre & Resort

Hotel category

2 Star

Rooms

17

Wellness/Spa

NO

Internet

YES ($)

5 star dive center

Onsite

House reef

YES

Resort 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

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours

CONFIRMATION

If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final

24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 55% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 45% (balance) is due 75 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 40 days prior to arrival
  • 50% will be charged if you cancel between 40 and 23 days prior to arrival
  • 75% will be charged if you cancel between 23 and 16 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 16 days prior to arrival

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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). 

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Dive Center

Highlights

  • 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

Description

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. 

DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

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

Diving gear

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

Diving Facilities

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

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Other

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc Resort
  • Padi 100% Aware

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities

Activities

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

Food & drink

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

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Massage Services

Facilities

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

Great for families

  • Board Games

Payments

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

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi ($)

How to get there

Arrival 

  • 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. 

Departure

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

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