Area: 882 km²
Mafia Island is only a 30-minute flight south of Dar es Salaam and 20km off the Tanzanian coastline. Chole Bay and Kitutia Reef, two of the eight offshore marine parks are incorporated into the marine park.
The sea around Mafia hosts an outstanding mosaic of tropical marine habitats ranging through coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and inter-tidal flats. Most of the marine park is less than 20 metres below tide levels.
This small town has played various historical roles in Tanzania. Apart from being a slave and ivory port, it was also a German headquarter in 1891. Explorers such as Burton, Speke, Grant, Livingston and Stanley all passed in this town. The name Bagamoyo comes from Swahili words “bwaga moyo” (throw down your heart), a despair expressed by people who were captured as slaves of knowing that they face a long uncertain future. Lies 75 kilometers north of Dar es Salaam
Few names evoke such romantic associations as this 85km long segment of coralline reef in the Indian Ocean, 40 km from the mainland of Tanzania. Steeped in history, the old town is a maze of narrow streets with whitewashed houses and magnificently carved brass-studded teak doors, quaint shops and bazaars.