• Beach Lodge
  • 7 Bungalows
  • Kids 10+
  • Spa
  • Offsite Dive Facilities

Pole Pole Bungalows is located in the Chole Bay area of Mafia Island, on the southeast coast of the Mafia Island Marine Park. It lies on the beach, within a tropical garden, and has spectacular views of the Mafia Archipelago and the Indian Ocean.

Accommodation

7 Bungalow Suites are subtly blended into the surrounding tropical landscape of Pole Pole. Their private verandas overlook Chole Bay’s infinite palette of blues, at the heart of the Mafia Island Marine Park, with breathtaking views of surrounding islands.

Twin and double bungalows are furnished with carved and antique pieces. The large private verandas are provided with handcrafted wooden furniture. Each unit is self-contained with a spacious and comfortable bathroom.

Two bungalows are ‘family’ type, with two rooms separated by the bathroom and a small corridor for privacy.

Features

Set apart in the sunniest stretch of Pole Pole Mafia, and surrounded by gently swaying palm trees, the swimming pool is shaped by a series of circles and is set in a beautiful locally-sourced coconut wood deck. Its design is reminiscent of a traditional Arabic sailing dhow, with weathered parts of old sailing boats integrated into its features.

It is partially shaded by a dramatic dhow sail, rigged up on old masts, and a bar area and shaded seating area are also incorporated into the surrounding garden for your comfort and convenience.

The pool is set in Pole Pole’s Alasiri Garden, an idyllic location to bask in the golden afternoon light… ‘Alasiri’ in Kiswahili means ‘afternoon’, but another delightful fact is that ‘siri’ means ‘secret’, and this makes the name doubly appropriate for this peaceful, hidden-away corner!

Dining

Pole Pole’s cuisine, highly praised by their widely international clientele, reflects diverse culinary and cultural influences, combining an Italian touch of class with local flavours and ingredients. Fresh fish and seafood daily, homemade pasta and ice cream, Swahili dinners and tropical fruits and vegetables are enjoyed by our guests in the intimate atmosphere of the restaurant.

Drinks

A selection of alcoholic beverages, wines, beers, juices and cold drinks are always available at the bar. The bar remains open until all guests have retired. Bottled water, served every day in jugs in the bungalows and available at the bar/restaurant, is drinkable and safe.

Activities

Pole Pole organizes a variety of activities and excursions: by boat, by 4x4 car and by foot. The Marine Park offers exquisite sites for scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and the occasion of visiting the local villages.

Boat excursions and picnics in isolated islets, sandbanks or islands are arranged daily in accordance with the tidal patterns. In addition to the wonders of its reefs that make it a world-class diving destination, Mafia Island hosts the rare pleasure of swimming with whale sharks.

Activities in the marine park include:

  • scuba diving
  • snorkeling
  • sailing
  • visiting the local villages.
  • Pole Pole organises boat excursions and picnics to isolated islets, sandbanks or islands every day, according to the tide.

The excursions by 4x4 car take you right across the island through villages and changing landscapes up to the northern tip, where a lighthouse stands.

Diving

Pole Pole’s affiliated dive center, Mafia Island Sea Point, offers diving courses in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swahili.

With a highly experienced team of both local and expatriate instructors and dive masters, it is likely one of the best-staffed PADI-affiliated dive centers in Tanzania.

Spa Facilities

The garden’s lazy tranquility is perfectly complemented by the soothing luxury of the Alasiri Spa, which is set in the surrounds of the pool area, offering a variety of massages that are guaranteed to ease you into holiday-mode…

Getting to Pole Pole

Mafia Island is approximately 30 miles off the Tanzanian coast, about 30 minutes by air from Dar es Salaam and 45 minutes from the Selous Game Reserve and Zanzibar Island. Mafia is reachable by light aircraft only.

The resort is a 20 minute drive from Kilindoni, the main village and airstrip. The transfer to and from the airport is included in the accommodation cost.

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Pole Pole Mafia

Ready for an unforgettable holiday?

Pole Pole Mafia

Mafia Island, Zanzibar

Rates from US$ 225 pp/pn

  • Beach Lodge
  • 7 Bungalows
  • Kids 10+
  • Spa
  • Offsite Dive Facilities

Rates

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(per person per night)

Regular season from US$225
Peak season from US$260

Rate includes
All meals; Tea, coffee and bottled water; Transfers to and from Mafia airport; Laundry; One daily boat excursion in Chole Bay

No children under 10 years

Seasons

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Regular
all year round

Peak
1 – 31 August
20 December – 10 January

(Closed from 3 April – 2 June)

Pole Pole Bungalows is located in the Chole Bay area of Mafia Island, on the southeast coast of the Mafia Island Marine Park. It lies on the beach, within a tropical garden, and has spectacular views of the Mafia Archipelago and the Indian Ocean.

Accommodation

Tap to read.

7 Bungalow Suites are subtly blended into the surrounding tropical landscape of Pole Pole. Their private verandas overlook Chole Bay’s infinite palette of blues, at the heart of the Mafia Island Marine Park, with breathtaking views of surrounding islands.

Twin and double bungalows are furnished with carved and antique pieces. The large private verandas are provided with handcrafted wooden furniture. Each unit is self-contained with a spacious and comfortable bathroom.

Two bungalows are ‘family’ type with two rooms separated by the bathroom and a small corridor for privacy.

Features

Tap to read.

Set apart in the sunniest stretch of Pole Pole Mafia, and surrounded by gently swaying palm trees, the swimming pool is shaped by a series of circles and is set in a beautiful locally-sourced coconut wood deck. Its design is reminiscent of a traditional Arabic sailing dhow, with weathered parts of old sailing boats integrated into its features.

It is partially shaded by a dramatic dhow sail, rigged up on old masts, and a bar area and shaded seating area are also incorporated into the surrounding garden for your comfort and convenience.

The pool is set in Pole Pole’s Alasiri Garden, an idyllic location to bask in the golden afternoon light… ‘Alasiri’ in Kiswahili means ‘afternoon’, but another delightful fact is that ‘siri’ means ‘secret’, and this makes the name doubly appropriate for this peaceful, hidden-away corner!

Dining

Tap to read.

Pole Pole’s cuisine, highly praised by their widely international clientele, reflects diverse culinary and cultural influences, combining an Italian touch of class with local flavours and ingredients. Fresh fish and seafood daily, homemade pasta and ice cream, Swahili dinners and tropical fruits and vegetables are enjoyed by our guests in the intimate atmosphere of the restaurant.

Drinks

A selection of alcoholic beverages, wines, beers, juices and cold drinks are always available at the bar. The bar remains open until all guests have retired. Bottled water, served every day in jugs in the bungalows and available at the bar/restaurant, is drinkable and safe.

Activities

Tap to read.

Pole Pole organizes a variety of activities and excursions: by boat, by 4×4 car and by foot. The Marine Park offers exquisite sites for scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and the occasion of visiting the local villages.

Boat excursions and picnics in isolated islets, sandbanks or islands are arranged daily in accordance with the tidal patterns. In addition to the wonders of its reefs that make it a world-class diving destination, Mafia Island hosts the rare pleasure of swimming with whale sharks.

Activities in the marine park include:

  • scuba diving
  • snorkeling
  • sailing
  • visiting the local villages.
  • Pole Pole organises boat excursions and picnics to isolated islets, sandbanks or islands every day, according to the tide.

The excursions by 4×4 car take you right across the island through villages and changing landscapes up to the northern tip, where a lighthouse stands.

Diving

Tap to read.

Pole Pole’s affiliated dive center, Mafia Island Sea Point, offers diving courses in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swahili.

With a highly experienced team of both local and expatriate instructors and dive masters, it is likely one of the best-staffed PADI-affiliated dive centers in Tanzania.

Spa Facilities

Tap to read.

The garden’s lazy tranquility is perfectly complemented by the soothing luxury of the Alasiri Spa, which is set in the surrounds of the pool area, offering a variety of massages that are guaranteed to ease you into holiday-mode…

Getting to Pole Pole

Tap to read.

Mafia Island is approximately 30 miles off the Tanzanian coast, about 30 minutes by air from Dar es Salaam and 45 minutes from the Selous Game Reserve and Zanzibar Island. Mafia is reachable by light aircraft only.

The resort is a 20 minute drive from Kilindoni, the main village and airstrip. The transfer to and from the airport is included in the accommodation cost.

Ready for an unforgettable holiday?

Pole Pole Mafia