When is the best time to visit Chole Mjini/ Mafia?
It all depends on what you want. The weather is coolest in June through September. Great snorkeling is available at all times. SCUBA diving is best after the tradewinds switch in September or October. Turtle hatchings peak earlier in June /July but there are still a few nests to visit throughout the year. The whale shark season runs from the beginning of October to February, sometimes up to March . The rainy season starts mid March onward and lasts for three months. We close for staff annual leave and maintenance March 31st until June 15th.
How do we get there?
The easiest way is to fly in from Dar-es-Salaam or Zanzibar. The old Stone Town of Zanzibar is an interesting stop over if you have to overnight to make the connection. Stop overs in Dar can be consumed by sitting in traffic. Coastal Aviation https://booking.coastal.co.tz/ has two flights per day connecting with other destinations in Tanzania. Tropical air https://www.tropicalair.co.tz/ has one flight per day (in the morning) also originating in Zanzibar and Auric Air https://www.auricair.com/en has three flights per week, the last flight of the day Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. There is no ferry service and coming by sea is a very time-consuming local transport adventure. We offer a meet and greet transfer service from Mafia airport to Chole Island. Let us know if you are having difficulty booking on-line, we may be able to help.