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Butiama Beach is a charming beach lodge located on Mafia Island, part of a small archipelago within the delta of the Rufiji River. The rustic bungalows are surrounded by unique marine wildlife, and there's no shortage of incredible wildlife experiences to have here.
With just thirteen homely bungalows hosting up to 32 people at a time, Butiama Beach is intimate and exclusive, offering a personalised experience and a serene atmosphere.
The tranquil ambiance provides the perfect setting to relax or explore at your own pace, free from the crowds. Take a romantic sunset cruise, use one of the lodge's free kayaks, take a snorkeling trip, head off to the lighthouse, have a beach-side picnic, or simply read in the lodge library and laze poolside.
Facing the Indian Ocean, Butiama Beach has a unique position where you can watch the incredible migrations of humpback whales and observe whale sharks swimming offshore.
Swimming with whale sharks is an essential part of any trip to Mafia Island, and Butiama Beach can arrange for you to experience the privilege of encountering these majestic giants.
You can go snorkeling around the dazzling coral reefs and nearby Chole Island Marine Park. Scuba fans can sink into the underwater world of the Marine Park in Utende, venture on a PADI fun dive, or take the PADI certification course whilst spotting hawksbill turtles, sea horses or lion fish.
You can also sign up for guided tours around Chole Island, a small island strewn with historical ruins and crumbling remnants from the several hundred years it was used as a harbour for Arabs, Germans and British.
Butiama Beach is perfect for couples and families looking to escape the crowds with a comfortable, relaxing stay. Equipped with modern amenities and friendly hospitality, this wonderful hideaway is your own slice of paradise.
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