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Diving with Whale Sharks / Daytrip

Visit Mafia Island and dive with Whale Sharks – the largest sharks in the world at this tropical paradise with Tanzania Horizon Safaris!

Diving with Whale Sharks at Mafia Island

Mafia island is very raw, calm and natural. It is located south of Zanzibar and is perfect for relaxation. The island is accessible by small planes from Dar-es-Salaam, a 30 minutes flight, or by boat to the port of Mafia which takes app. 4hrs. Here you can swim with whale sharks and you may even spot humpback whales. Whale sharks are the largest sharks and the largest of all sea creatures. They can grow up to 21.5 tons in weight and to a length of 12 meters. Did you know they have about 3000 small teeth which are less than 1 inch long? This helps them to eat small shrimp and fish. However, they do not bite or chew. They filter plankton through their gills for nourishment and can stretch their mouths over 1 meter wide. Due to the high demand for this giant´s energy, they migrate for very long distances for nutrition. They are slow swimmers, quite gentle, and have a 70 to 100 years lifespan.

One of the many activities you will do on mafia island is swimming with the whale sharks. They are very huge yet so gentle. This could be your most unforgettable experience on this trip. You can go snorkeling in a very protected marine park where you will see eels, turtles, and octopuses. There is a beautiful lagoon where you can spend your afternoon cooling down and visit a place with some island hippos as well. On your request, a sunset cruise and BBQ can be arranged. For bird watchers, there is a perfect place for you to spend your afternoon and you can be lucky to witness a turtle hatch while at it. In case you are wondering what foods people eat there, you’re lucky because there’s a nice calm street where you can sample the organic local foods.

Diving with Whale Sharks

  • biggest sharks in the world
  • up to 10 meters long
  • no teeth
  • only eat plancton
  • tranquil animals
  • in Tanzania only at Mafia island
  • very remote place
Group Size Price per person per day
1 person USD 120/person
2 person USD 100/person
3 person USD 80 /person
4 person USD 70 /person
5 person USD 60 /person
6 person USD 50 /person
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  • Park fees

  • All activities

  • A professional driver/guide

  • All transportation

  • All Taxes/VAT

  • Meals

  • Drinking water (On all days)

  • International flights (From/to home)

  • Roundtrip airport transfer

  • Accommodation before and at the end of the tour

  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)

  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Diving with Whale Sharks at Mafia Island

Diving with Whale Sharks at Mafia Island

Mafia island is very raw, calm and natural. It is located south of Zanzibar and is perfect for relaxation. The island is accessible by small planes from Dar-es-Salaam, a 30 minutes flight, or by boat to the port of Mafia which takes app. 4hrs. Here you can swim with whale sharks and you may even spot humpback whales. Whale sharks are the largest sharks and the largest of all sea creatures. They can grow up to 21.5 tons in weight and to a length of 12 meters. Did you know they have about 3000 small teeth which are less than 1 inch long? This helps them to eat small shrimp and fish. However, they do not bite or chew. They filter plankton through their gills for nourishment and can stretch their mouths over 1 meter wide. Due to the high demand for this giant´s energy, they migrate for very long distances for nutrition. They are slow swimmers, quite gentle, and have a 70 to 100 years lifespan.

One of the many activities you will do on mafia island is swimming with the whale sharks. They are very huge yet so gentle. This could be your most unforgettable experience on this trip. You can go snorkeling in a very protected marine park where you will see eels, turtles, and octopuses. There is a beautiful lagoon where you can spend your afternoon cooling down and visit a place with some island hippos as well. On your request, a sunset cruise and BBQ can be arranged. For bird watchers, there is a perfect place for you to spend your afternoon and you can be lucky to witness a turtle hatch while at it. In case you are wondering what foods people eat there, you’re lucky because there’s a nice calm street where you can sample the organic local foods.

Diving with Whale Sharks

  • biggest sharks in the world
  • up to 10 meters long
  • no teeth
  • only eat plancton
  • tranquil animals
  • in Tanzania only at Mafia island
  • very remote place

Duration: 5 hours

Absolutely yes. We will arrange all airport transfers for you from and to the airport so that you don’t have to worry about how to get to your hotel. One of our drivers or guides will come to pick you up and take you back to the airport. This is already included in our offers and services.

Für höchste Flexibilität kann jederzeit eine private Abreise nach deinen ganz individuellen Reisedaten arrangiert werden. Eine Gruppenabreise hat einen geplanten Zeitplan an einem bestimmten Datum und lässt dich einige Kosten während der Reise teilen. Wenn du also ein begrenztes Budget hast und Freunde aus der ganzen Welt treffen möchtest, kannst du dich einer unserer Gruppen anschließen.

Absolutely yes. Our handpicked hotels all offer you to safely store your luggage during your climb. In this way you can leave all gear that you won’t need during your climb at the hotel. That is very convenient if you are planning to go on a safari or to Zanzibar after your hike.

Tanzania Horizon Safaris has worked out a very transparent cancellation policy. In most cases we can offer a voucher if you have  to postpone your travel. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please note that deposits are non-refundable as they have to be used for making reservations for your hotel and transport.

*If a booking is cancelled the client is subject to a cancellation fee as follows:

  • until 4 weeks prior to departure – 30% Cancellation Fee
  • 4-2 weeks prior to departure – 50% Cancellation Fee
  • 2-1 weeks prior to departure – 75% Cancellation Fee
  • less then 1 week prior to departure – 100% Cancellation Fee: The company reserves the right to cancel any tour at its sole and absolute discretion, without prior notification in instances where this is unavoidable. However, in that case the company agrees to refund all money that has already been paid by the client. This shall be the company’s sole responsibility to the client and no claim for any damages, howsoever arising, shall accrue against the company.

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