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Butiama Beach - Mafia Island's rustic beach hotel


Couples & Families

Butiama Beach is a rustic beach hotel located on Mafia Island, part of a small archipelago within thedelta of the Rufiji River, it provides a relaxing experience in African marine wildlife.

Butiama Beach is a relatively small and simple beach hotel. With only thirteen bungalows and hosting up to 32 people at a time, this guarantees a more personalized experience than you would have at a larger resort or hotel. 

Facing the Indian Sea, Butiama Beach's unique position to watch not only the humpback whale migrations, but also whale sharks – one of the must-do activities on the Island. You can experience the privilege of swimming with these giants and explore the coral reefs and Chole Island Marine Park.

The ambience here provides an opportunity to relax, whether with romantic sunset cruises, using one of the lodge’s freely available kayaks, go out for a snorkel, head of a lighthouse excursion, have a beachside picnic, or just read in the local lodge library or laze poolside.

Scuba fans can adventure at the Marine Park in Utende, go for a PADI fun dive or also take the PADI certification course whilst spotting hawksbill turtles, sea horses or lion fish.

Sign up for guided tours around Chole Island, a small island that was a harbour for Arabs, Germans and the British for several hundred years, full of ruins and historical buildings.

Guests desiring an uncomplicated getaway, an uncrowded hotel where you will receive friendliness and care, this an unregrettable choice. Although relatively isolated, the lodge does provide free Wi-Fi and modern accommodations for a comfortable stay.

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The lodge

Each en-suite bungalow comes with handcrafted furniture, made from repurposed wood from retired dhow ships and smoothed by sun and sea alike. Choose among double, twin or family sizes – each perfectly fit for your needs, and equipped with mosquito nets, hot/cold water, private verandah with loungers and a hammock. Asides from providing all toiletries the handmade soap deserves special mention as it’s made by Mafia Island locals using only natural ingredients. Although there is no air-conditioning, the rooms do have electric fans. The lodge also provides guests with a complimentary beach basket and towels to enjoy the golden sand.

A three-course dinner is included, as well as breakfast and tea, coffee and water throughout the day. Butiama Beach has a beach and pool bar, and staff will happily serve you on the beach if you prefer. Most food options include seafood and fish, but the property can also accommodate to any dietary requirements.


Butiama Beach offers PADI diving lessons, snorkelling, kayaking, and other seaside activities such as dhow cruises. Guests can make use of the pool, the beach, spa, and a small library.


Dining focuses on seafood and fish, local brews, and simple but tasty food. A delicious breakfast and a three-course dinner is included during your stay.

Why Wayfairer

Butiama Beach Lodge is a family business. In their boutique, they showcase products made by the local Mafia Island population, which naturally goes to improve the lives of the local population. The lodge also manages (together with Big Blu Mafia Diving) visits to the Marine Park, which is an important centre for natural preservation and conservation in Tanzania.

If you'd like to read more about our responsible and sustainable approach to luxury travel you can do so in this dedicated section of our website.


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