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Big Blu Mafia Island Dive Centre

#3 of 7 things to do in Mafia Island Features Animals
Utende Beach, Mafia Island 00000, Tanzania
+255 787 474 108
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Amazing Dive Course

I completed my PADI Advanced Dive Course here and stayed at their beautiful, island-style chalets... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
Melanie v
Awesome Diving and Staff

Spent almost two weeks on Mafia, all at Big Blu and it was wonderful. All of the staff were very... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
Bobby O
Manchester, New Hampshire
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Big Blu Mafia Island Diving Resort is an accommodation, restaurant and activity centre based on Utende Beach inside the Mafia Island Marine Park. With a prime beachfront location, we offer guests different accommodations to suit different budgets, a restaurant and bar overlooking the sea and a variety of excursions on land and sea. Our fully equipped diving centre offers the full range of PADI courses from beginner to the first professional levels, as well as snorkelling trips, island tours, sandbank picnics as well as many more. Guides and Instructors speak English, Italian, Spanish and Swahili. Karibuni sana :-)
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Utende Beach, Mafia Island 00000, Tanzania
+255 787 474 108
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

I completed my PADI Advanced Dive Course here and stayed at their beautiful, island-style chalets which are right on the beach. Everything is professionally run and diving is down off traditional dhows in the gorgeous, sheltered bay. A really amazing and authentic island experience wth...More

1  Thank Melanie v
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Spent almost two weeks on Mafia, all at Big Blu and it was wonderful. All of the staff were very welcoming and pleasant each day. I spent most everyday diving and was very pleased with the set up they have at the Dive Center. All...More

Thank Bobby O
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Big Blue is a high quality resort with an attention to detail. Great for visitors to Mafia who are looking for high quality budget accommodation but with Western standards. The food and service is great. They take orders for food early in the day then...More

Thank robm4747
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Great location direct on the beach. We loved our bungalow, Chewa :) The staff was very sweet and friendly. Food delicious, though a little too much. Recreation areas very cozy. We participated in well organized trips to Mange sandbank, Chole island, Kua Ruins & Lagoon...More

Thank Anna E
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the cottages in big blu and it was the most chill place with the best diving experience we've had. Me and my fiance are not too experienced divers, but the staff and the diving guides were very helpful and professional. We always...More

Thank Espen_Stromnes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Our stay at Big Blue was really great, we dived most days we were there, and found the dive team really helpful and friendly. The room isn't luxurious (don't expect TVs and telephones - but I never understand why people want them anyway?) but its...More

Thank Gemma_1million
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Our stay in Mafia and at Big Blu was simple and lovely. The lodge is on the beach, where you can swim at high tide, or walk past the mangroves at low tide to the sand bar to swim. We stayed in the tents, which...More

Thank Alexaduplessis
Reviewed 26 December 2016

Professional. Well organized. Adequate attention to safety paid with both my kids both in diving n snorkeling. Recommended

1  Thank Alvia1977
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

We took the 3 nights package staying in a tent and 2 days of diving. The diving was amazing with a really professional crew at Big Blu ! We also went on a whale shark trip and it was spectacular. The place has a great...More

Thank Tamar I
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Everything about this place is lovely - the accommodations (I spent 7 nights in a bedded safari tent), the food (breakfast is included and a 3 course dinner is only $10, always with a meat or veg option), the advanced open water course (Jenny is...More

Thank Rachael T
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31 December 2016|
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Response from jkpdiver | Property representative |
Hi there! It is possible for some of the sites to put the equipment on in the water, but generally the easiest way when diving with a dhow is to dress on the boat and enter by backwards roll. The crew do all the heavy... More
23 November 2015|
Response from maura541 | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your message. Unfortunately we do not have kayaks at Big Blu. Regards