Kinasi Lodge is arguably Mafia's best lodge. Being a rather remote island which has never really developed into a tourism hub like Zanzibar has, Mafia lacks good quality, affordable accommodation. There is Pole Pole, which is good value but lacks quality and a beach, and if you are more the adventurous type, then Chole Mjini is an option. But Kinasi ticks all the boxes whilst at the same time has a good beach. Mafia isn't known for great beaches so when you come across a good one, enjoy it!
Kinasi is located on an amazingly quiet beach overlooking Chole Bay, of Mafia Island. Mafia Island is a 30 minute flight from Dar es Salaam and Kinasi is 20 minute drive from the airport. Kinasi is lucky enough to be located on a steep hillside which allows for a cooling breeze to pass through the lodge and rooms. This elevation also gives good height for scenic views of the ocean and Chole Bay.
There is quite a dominating bar that stands out in the main area, sofas, armchairs, a library and games zone with chess and cards. There is even a snooker table! The owners have an acquired attention to detail with a strong eye for comfort and artisan style throughout. The sitting room and bar area is open-sided and with comfortable furnishing, complete with cushions, magazines and a reference library for all local interest.
What is lala? It's Swahili for sleep, but here at Butiama Beach it means all the relaxation you could ever wish for, in truly exotic surroundings... Relax in a hammock on your spacious verandah as the evening breeze caresses you and the sun gently sets.
Each one of our bungalows is beautifully furnished with our unique furniture - hand crafted from the sun and sea-kissed hardwoods of retired sailing dhows, and decorated with kikois - charming, colourful hand woven cotton sarongs. Choose from double, twin or our roomy family bungalows. All our rooms are fully equipped with hot water, mosquito nets and yacht fans.
Start the day with a full breakfast of muffins, pancakes, cereals, yoghurt, fruit, bacon and eggs. At lunchtime choose from an array of tempting light dishes. Refuel, replenish and revive yourself at our lovely wave-lapped beach bar and restaurant, Chiringuito. Tea, coffee, and herbal infusions are always available to perk you up at any time. In the evening, come and join us for a full 3 course dinner - the perfect way to end your day.
Take one of our kayaks and explore our beach front, or go further afield... Mafia has some of the world's richest reefs, as well as being a meeting place for various turtle species and many oceanic fish. Scuba dive, fish and swim with the world's largest fish - whalesharks.
Discover the native trees, animals and birdlife, take excursions to experience local village life, watch skilled craftsmen at work, or go sailing in a traditional dhow to nearby islands, sand banks, or other beaches. Explore the ruins of the ancient city of Kua on Juani Island; get a taste of history at Kisimani; or head to Chole Island, where you will gain a fascinating insight into the traditional life of a peaceful and industrious village community as well as experience their different flora and fauna including the rare Comores fruit bat. Take our Land Rovers to the north of the island, and explore Mafia's miles and miles of secluded pristine beaches. When you have finished exploring the island, you can have a relaxing massage to unwind before settling down to watch the sunset.