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Mafia Island Dive Sites

With the Chole Bay area protected as a marine park the highlight of these sites is Kinasi Pass Wall, but in general Mafia offers superb diving and snorkelling opportunities.


Summary
With the Chole Bay area protected as a marine park the highlight of these sites is Kinasi Pass Wall, but in
general Mafia offers superb diving and snorkelling opportunities.

When to go
The best time for diving is from October-April. The water averages around 27 C, so only a thin wetsuit is required and visibility in the clear waters is generally good, ranging from 20-40m.

Experience
There is diving suitable for all levels of experience

Belami Reef

Diver A shallow dive to 17m, there are many isolated coral heads and a profusion of small tropical
fish.
Access: by live aboard boat or a boat trip from Ras Kisimani

Chole Bay Reef

This is a very shallow site with the bottom at 8m and is excellent for snorkelling.
Access: by boat from Utende

Kinasi Pass Wall

This is an excellent site with walls and drop offs down to 22m. The marine life is impressive with large numbers of grouper, stingray and game fish. Reef sharks and tiger sharks can be seen as well as a profusion of smaller fish.
Access: by boat from Utende or live aboard boat

Chole Wall

This site is an extension of Kinasi Pass Wall. The coral is diverse and pristine and there is an abundance of the smaller marine life including turtles. The larger game fish tend to stay outside the opening to the reef.
Access; by boat from Utende

Recompression Chamber
The closest recompression chamber is at the Kenyan naval base in Mombasa. The closest hospital is the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam

Sefo Reef

Situated far out to sea in the Mafia Channel this site is the haunt of many large game fish . The
reef is in pristine condition but the site is not dived much due to it's accessibility. However for those
with time this is a great dive experience.
Access: by live aboard boat or a long boat trip from Ras Kisimani on the East coast.

Kaule Reef

Good for night dives due to the profusion of lobster that is found here, this is a shallow dive to 18m. Turtles are often seen and there is a good variety of coral.
Access: by live aboard boat or a boat trip from Ras Kisimani

Last Updated on Monday 7th December 2009

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