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Butiama Beach

An idyllic seaside getaway on Tanzania’s Mafia Island, Butiama Beach nestles in a tropical palm grove on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Mafia Island comes from the Arabic word “morfiyeh,” meaning “a healthy dwelling place,” exemplified by the just over 40,000 people and numerous wildlife that live on and around the island. As a safe but unspoiled hideaway, Butiama Beach offers exotic surroundings, unlimited relaxation, and luxurious amenities.

Butiama Beach’s ocean-side bar and restaurant, Chiringuito, tempts guests with a delightful array of specialties. Muffins, pancakes, cereals, yogurt, fruit, bacon, and eggs start the day off right while lighter fare fills the lunch menu. Enjoy a cocktail before relishing a sumptuous three-course dinner.

Unwind in a hammock on your private veranda as you take in the soothing sounds of the ocean and tranquil sea breezes. Double, twin, and family bungalows cater to your unique needs and include hot water, mosquito nets, and yacht fans. Additionally, hand-crafted furniture, colorful kikois (charming, colorful, hand-woven cotton sarongs), and romantically draped mosquito netting embellish each private retreat.

With most tourist activity taking place to the north in Zanzibar, Mafia Island and its beaches and waters are virtually unspoiled. Over 460 species of marine life flourish alongside over 50 genera of corals. Whether boating, snorkeling, kayaking, or just relaxing on the beach, expect to see a variety of animals including whalesharks, humpback whales, dolphins, turtles, and numerous varieties of oceanic fish.

Mafia Island contains some of the world’s richest reefs so scuba diving, swimming, kayaking, and fishing are popular activities. For a more adventurous trip, travel like the locals in a traditional dhow to nearby islands, sand banks, or other beaches. Juani Island offers the opportunity to explore the ruins of the ancient city of Kua, while Chole Island offers fascinating insights into the life of a peaceful and industrious village community. Guests also share unforgettable memories of exploring Mafia Island by Land Rover, watching local skilled craftsmen at work, and simply enjoying the pristine sands and natural beauty of Butiama Beach.

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