Divers. Honeymooners. Castaways. Tiki Lovers.


Being greeted with a fresh coconut water. Unlimited marine world. Room service ’sun downer’ to enjoy on the verandah while watching the sunset. Sleeping at the sound of the waves. 


Best time to visit is June to October and December to February.
Best time for diving is September to March. 




Pole Pole Bugalows is located on the southeast coast of the Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania. Sitting right on the beach and surrounded by a garden of coconut palms, this quickly paints a perfect picture for any Tiki lover. 

There are seven luxury bungalow suites to choose from, all of which have spectacular views of the Chole Island and Indian Ocean. Relax on the large private verandas, complete with day-beds and coffee tables and let the time stand still.


Mafia Island is a Marine Park and is well known in the diving community as one of the best places for underwater adventure. Take advantage of the Pole Pole offer of 4 free dives when staying for at least 4 nights. If diving is not for you, snorkeling offers an equality exciting experience. 

Take a day and visit the Maribani Sand Bank, only appearing during low tide. Sail to the inhabited Chole Island to see ruins of old Arab buildings or the Juani Island to see ruins of the ancient city of Kua. While at Juani, make sure to swim in the Blue Lagoon. 

If you are visiting between October and March, make sure to take a short boat trip to swim with whale sharks.


Fresh coconuts. Swahili food with an italian twist. White snapper cooked over a fire of coconut husks. Ginger cookies.


Mafia Island is approximately 50 km off the Tanzanian coast, about 30 minutes by air from Dar es Salaam and 45 minutes from Zanzibar Island. Pole Pole is 20 minute away from Kilindoni, the main village and airstrip and the transfer is included in the accommodation cost.

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