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Butiama Mafia Island

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Butiama Mafia Island 

Our three family run accommodation venues of Butiama Mafia Island and the diving centre on Mafia Island are situated off the coast of Tanzania. 

With more than 20 years experience in the hospitality business we aim to offer you personalized and impeccable services, providing you a vacation in Tanzania with a difference. We are the only business with properties inside and outside of Mafia Island Marine Park. 

Our Accommodation 

Choose between Butiama Beach Lodge, Butiama Bustani Hotel and Butiama Marine Camp. 

Opened in 2010, Butiama Beach Lodge is situated on the west coast of Mafia Island, just next to the main town of Kilindoni and outside of the Marine Park bounderies. This lodge is the perfect beachfront retreat in a tropical palm grove to relax and unwind. Our beach is the departing point to go to swim and snorkel with whale sharks. With only 13 bungalows and a maximum occupancy of 32 people it allows you to have privacy and space. We offer a casual and relaxed atmosphere and cater for couples, friends or families.

Butiama Bustani Hotel has been named after its tranquil garden setting, as Bustani means “garden” in Kiswahili. It is situated on the west coast of Mafia Island in an area called Magemani which means “cliff-top” in Kiswahili. With only 10 rooms it is the perfect garden setting to relax, whilst remaining close enough to the local amenities. It is a quiet area looking down on the Indian Ocean but close to the Kilindoni. 

At Butiama Marine Camp we are lucky to be able to offer our guests different options for their accommodation needs during their stay on Mafia Island. Our on-site accommodation and restaurant/bar facilities are designed for the “budget-minded” traveller. Our philosophy is to offer clean, basic facilities with locally-sourced ingredients to try to keep your accommodation - a bungalow or permanent safari tent under thatch) and food costs down. This means you have more money to explore the fantastic diving sites that Mafia has to offer!

Our Facilities and Services 

We have one of the best restaurants on the island and other facilities include beach pool bars, a spa, a pool with a sea view as well as beautiful white sandy beaches. 

The facilities at our Butiama Beach Lodge comprise the poolside Peku Peku restaurant with stunning ocean views and close proximity to the Chiringuito beach & pool bar which is open from the morning until the last guest has gone to bed. If you would like a fresh coconut to drink or eat please feel free to ask our barman and we will get one from the tree for you! There is a dartboard, table tennis, a pool table and a library available. for lunch or a snack choose from the à la carte menu. Our staff will be happy to serve your choice on the beach or around the swimming pool. All of our accommodation is offered on a half board basis and lunch can be purchased on site. 

To complete your beach holiday in Tanzania, enjoy a manicure or a pedicure and have a relaxing massage at our spa in a traditional "banda" hut right on the beach. Alternatively, join a class at our beach yoga studio where both local and international teachers are guiding the way. Or cool off and unwind in the swimming pool overlooking the ocean, where you can also enjoy a cocktail at sunset. 

Beautiful handmade Tanzanian products / curios, supporting some NGO projects in the country, are available at our reception as well. 

All of our accommodation at the Butiama Bustani Hotel is offered on a bed and breakfast basis. Lunch and dinner can also be purchased from the restaurant, an à la carte menu is available. The bar/restaurant benefits from views of the gardens and large, central swimming pool with distant Indian Ocean views. Bask in the glorious African sun, then cool down with a dip in the pool and a refreshing cold drink! As a sister company of the largest dive centre in Mafia Island, we are also able to arrange scuba diving taster sessions in the pool if you want to try your hand at diving. Sail to a pristine sandbank in a traditional dhow and snorkel or dive in turquoise waters at some of the richest reefs in the world. 

Breakfast is included with the room prices at our Butiama Marine Camp where a lunch/snack menu is also available during the day. We offer a 3 course dinner menu and you will be able to book it in advance with our camp manager. Complimentary tea and coffee are available at the drink station in our restaurant. Bottles of water and other beverages can be ordered from the bar and charged to your room.


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