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The name Pole Pole means "slowly, slowly," as if anyone needed a reminder of how to swing a hammock in this sumptuous hideaway on the Indian Ocean.

PolePole Mafia Lodge is situated in the Utende area of Mafia Island (map) Tanzania, the resort is Archipelago's main base.

Pole Pole Mafia Island Lodge is set in a shady, breezy spot facing a sea of the deepest blue and looking over at the islands of Chole, Juani and Jibondo.

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Set apart in the sunniest stretch of Pole Pole and surrounded by gently swaying palm trees, our swimming pool is shaped by a series of circles and 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 the comfort and convenience of our clients.

 pole pole lodge mafia island marine park tanzania
"Pole Pole, considered one of the most exclusive eco-resorts in the world, is renowned for its great cuisine, unpretentious and laid-back atmosphere, and warm but discrete hospitality.

Balancing luxury and with respect for local culture and environment, it is the perfect place to relax after a safari, and the ideal base for exploring the underwater wanders wonders of Mafia Island...

With a touch of style."

Pole Pole is located in the Chole Bay area, near Utende
village on the southeast coast of the Mafia Island Marine
Park. It lies on the beach, within a tropical garden,
overlooking a spectacular view of the Mafia Archipelago
and the Indian Ocean.
Seven luxury bungalow suites, elegant and spacious, are
set among the coconut palms overlooking the bay. The
rooms are furnished with carved and antique pieces, and
both twin and double beds are available. Two bungalows
are family suites, containing two rooms separated by a
shared bathroom and a small corridor for privacy. The
large private verandas are furnished with a Zanzibari
day-bed, chairs and a coffee table. All bungalows are selfcontained,
and all have ceiling fans to keep them cool.
The cuisine is a combination of diverse culinary
traditions and cultures, with an Italian touch of class.
Swahili dinners are served once a week, or upon
request. The resort caters for special dietary
requirements whenever possible. Most of the food we
serve is organically grown and bought on the island to
help fishermen and farmers benefit from tourism
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. The ice served
with drinks is safe and drinkable. Bottled water, served
every day in jugs in the bungalows and available at the
bar/restaurant, is drinkable and safe.

Breakfast is served from 07:30 am onwards
Lunch is served from 13:00
Dinner is served from 19:30
Early or late breakfast and/or lunch are served according
to the diving and excursion programmes.
Books, magazines and articles about nature, archeology,
history, anthropology, wildlife, underwater life and
photographs and diving information are available. Playing
cards and board games are also available.
You can enjoy a variety of relaxing and rejuvenating
essential-oil massages in our peaceful Alasiri Spa, located
in the garden surrounding the swimming pool. Manicures
and pedicures are also available.
Set apart in the sunniest stretch of Pole Pole and
surrounded by gently swaying palm trees, our swimming
pool is shaped by a series of circles and 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
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.
Please note that when using the pool area, children should be supervised by
adults at all times, and that use of this facility is entirely at your own risk as
we cannot be held responsible in case of any unfortunate accidents.

You can roam with your cellular phone in Mafia. To
preserve the tranquility of the resort, and in order to
respect other guests’ peace, the use of mobile phones is
limited to your bungalow, and we kindly ask that you
keep the ringtone on silent mode.
Laundry service is available and complimentary.
Beach kitenge (or local cloth) are provided for
your use on the boats and on the beach.
Hot and cold water is available 24 hours.
A hair dryer can be borrowed from the
A few useful items as well as gifts and souvenirs
are for sale at our gift shop.
VISA and Mastercard credit cards are accepted
(authorisation costs are involved)
A safety box is available and located at the
Voltage: 220
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.
The Mafia Archipelago and the delta of the Rufiji River
form one of the most interesting marine ecosystems and
coral reefs in the world. The area has a high bio-diversity
and is considered an important habitat for endangered
species. There are over 400 species of fish. On land the
rich vegetation is dominated by large palm groves, baobabs, mangroves and fruit trees. The wildlife is
extremely varied; monkeys, small antelopes, wild pigs,
bushbabies as well as a small colony of elusive hippos.
There are also countless types of birds. The warm, safe
waters of the inland bays and lagoons are a paradise for
both expert and beginner scuba divers as well as those
simply wishing to snorkel. Mafia Island Marine Park was
established as the first Marine Park in Tanzania and
covers a surface of 821 km2.
There are different types of activities or excursions: by
boat, by 4x4 car or walking and light trekking.
The activities in the marine park are: scuba diving,
snorkeling, sailing and visiting the local villages. Pole Pole
organises boat excursions and picnics to isolated islets,
sandbanks or islands every day, according to the tide.
The Diving Centre provides PADI Federations' certificates
(medical certificates are mandatory to do a beginners
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.
Up to 45 days prior to arrival: no charges
44 - 30 days: 25%
29 - 15 days: 50%
14 – 7 days: 75%
Under 7 days: no refund
For the period of 1st – 31st August and 20th Dec – 10th
Jan cancellation policy is no refund under 45 days.
In order to preserve our tranquil and peaceful
atmosphere, and because Pole Pole does not have suitable
facilities for young children, we do not accept children
below the age of 10 years.



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