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Big Blu Mafia Island Resort is in Utende Marine Park, on the beachfront overlooking Chole Bay. It features a large fully equipped dive center, lodging, beach restaurant and bar. Let us make your next vacation something special!


  • We speak English and other languages
  • Offer 7 nights with breakfast, choose your dive package or excursion
  • Whale Shark from November to March
  • Whale Watching August to October
  • 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
  • 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
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The Big Blu Mafia Island Diving Resort is located in Utende, just steps from the Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Center, and offers a restaurant and bar. Free private parking is available.

The resort is oceanfront with panoramic views of Chole Bay. Tents and safari bungalows are located in Tanzania's tropical gardens and in the shade of palm trees. 

The restaurant serves locally-inspired breakfasts, lunches and dinners with tranquil ocean views. 

Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre & Resort is located in Utende Marine Park on the southeast coast of Mafia Island. 

The resort has a beachfront location with panoramic views of Chole Bay. Tents and safari bungalows are located in Tanzania's tropical gardens and in the shade of palm trees. 

The restaurant serves locally-inspired breakfasts, lunches and dinners with tranquil ocean views. 

All accommodations have garden views. There is a luggage locker.

You can participate in a variety of activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling and whale shark excursions.

In addition, the rating of this accommodation is among the best in Utende. Clients like it better than other accommodations in the area.

Couples love the location - they've given it an 8.8 for two-person trips.

We speak your language!

In addition to diving, guests can explore Chole Island, the lagoon and ruins of Kua and the local sandbanks. It is possible to snorkel with whale sharks (November - March), observe turtle hatching (June - September) or whale watching (July - September).  


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. 

Big Blu Mafia Island Diving Centre is situated directly in front of the beach, with prime location to all of the Mafia Island Diving Sites inside and outside Chole Bay.

Diving is affected by the local tide times and trips have to be planned according to these times. This means that the diving times will change daily.

We offer daily double dives on either the low or high tide (according to the time) and sometimes it is possible to offer a third/night dive as well (according to the tide time). For all of our double dives, we have our surface interval on the boat with tea, coffee and biscuits before going on to do the second dive. This means that you need to plan to be out for 4-6hours, depending on the sites that you are visiting.

Your PADI Instructor or PADI Divemaster will be happy to discuss a plan for your vacation to make sure that you get the best diving whilst you are here!

Please remember to bring your certification card and proof of diving insurance with you on the first day of diving.

We can cater for groups of divers, please contact us for more information on group bookings.

Full diving equipment is available for hire at our Diving Centre.


  • 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. 


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

Safari Tent

Safari Tents are located in the gardens behind the diving center. The tents have a light, power socket, twin beds, electric fan and safety deposit boxes. Each has access to communal toilets and showers. Linen and towels are provided. In-room safe is a wooden box with a padlock. Double beds available on request.

Room amenities

  • Room size: 6m2
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Beds: 2 Twin
  • Private bathroom: No
  • WiFi in room: No
  • Air conditioning: No




Bungalows are located a stones-throw from the dive center. Recently updated, bungalows offer private bathrooms with hot water, outside seating, air conditioning and twin beds (convertible to a double) with mosquito nets. Linen and towels are provided. There is 1 single room, 1 triple and 5 doubles.

Room amenities

  • Room size: 27m2
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Beds: 2 Twin
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • WiFi in room: No
  • Air conditioning: Yes
  • Balcony/Terrace Air Conditioning Private bathroom Fresh water shower In-room safe


  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Package of boat dives per diver
  • Any excursion you select
  • Weight Belt/Weights/Tank(s)
  • Refreshments and soft drinks in the surface interval
  • Note: all prices shown are per person


  • Payable at the resort or dive center
  • National Park Fee: USD 24 (per night/person)
  • Government tax/infrastructure tax/municipal tax: USD 2 (per night/person)
  • Note: all prices shown are per person

Cancellation fees

  • Free cancellation for 48 hours after confirmation
  • 30 % deposit is non-refundable
  • 75% will be charged if you cancel 60 days prior to arrival date
  • 100% will be charged if cancellation is made less than 16 days prior to arrival.


  • As of 1st June 2019, all plastic carrier bags, regardless of their thickness will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and used in Tanzania. Plastic or plastic packaging for medical services, foodstuffs and sanitary products are not prohibited. Ziploc bags that are specifically used to carry toiletries on your flights will be permitted under the expectation that they are taken home and not disposed of in Tanzania
  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date you plan to return home from your trip
  • It is your responsibility to review and meet the vaccination requirements and visa/immigration requirements for the countries you're visiting
  • Dive accident insurance (to include medical evacuation) is mandatory for everyone who dives: it's your responsibility to have adequate cover in place and to bring your certificate as proof
  • Your proof of certification and logbook will be checked during check-in at the dive center to clarify level and experience: it is your responsibility to ensure you bring these with you and your diving could be at risk if you do not bring these
  • Please remember it is your responsibility to ensure you are fit to dive and meet the medical standards outlined 
  • Dive times can change due to local weather conditions and it is your responsibility to check in with your dive center after you arrive to confirm the timing of your dives: late check-in could lead to missed dives
  • Your package price does not include surcharges for national parks, boat dives, night dives, special trip supplements or dive gear beyond tanks, weights and weight belt unless indicated otherwise
  • Supplements, government taxes, marine park fees, fuel surcharges, harbour fees, rental equipment and other upgrades are subject to change at very short notice, driven by local conditions, extreme weather, changes to government policy, operator decisions, oil prices etc. Changes are outside our control and you will need to pay any increases. We will endeavor to let you know about any changes as early as possible. A change in these fees does not give you the right to cancel
  • We recommend you buy travel and trip cancellation insurance (to include storm coverage where appropriate)
  • Ensure you bring suitable electrical adaptors for the country or countries you are visiting
  • Marine park fees must be paid by credit card at the entrance gate to the park. The resort cannot accept payment of this fee and the Marine Park DOES NOT ACCEPT CASH. If you do not have a card, you can get a pre-paid card in Kilindoni (near airport). 
  • Some activities require a minimum number of participants
  • All dives are planned according to the tides and weather; there are always two dives planned daily and somerimes it is possible to offer a third or night dive but this always according to the tid
  • Night dives are boat dives on high tide, shore dives on low tide
  • You need to be at the dive center before 7:00pm on the day before starting the dives
  • The first dive will be an easy dive site 
  • If a diver haven't dived for more then a year, they will be required to do a refresh course and check dive

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