Pole Pole features a lounge, bar with indoor and outdoor dining areas. The resort houses a 5-Star PADI Dive Centre, with a team of local and expat dive instructors.
Couples, Families & Honeymoons
At 160 km from Zanzibar Island, Pole Pole Lodge is located on the quiet and paradisiac Mafia Island. Pole Pole is Swahili for ‘slowly slowly’ or 'take it easy'' – the exact tone of this beachfront accommodation.
Unpretentious, laid-back, welcoming and hospitable are all elements that make Pole Pole Lodge one of the best eco-resorts on Mafia Island. For those looking to unwind, you won’t regret settling into one of their beach-facing thatched bungalows.
Built in 1998, it has become a favourite little haven for honeymooners, families and couples looking for a peaceful stay, with the paradise island feel.
Set among coconut palm trees and a small strip of beach, you might be tempted to nap on one of the spacious daybeds or snorkel in the crystalline sea - anything to soak up the natural beauty of the island’s treasures.
Meals here are also a treat of their own, a mix of Italian and Swahili flavours, featuring fresh seafood and locally sourced organic ingredients.
Each luxury bungalow is located right on the beach, looking out to the islands of Chole, Juani and Jibondo – all tempting options to visit during your time here. With Chole Island being a 10-minute boat ride away, venture out to watch the bats fly between islands at dusk. After all, a daily tour is already included in your stay.
Massimo, the resorts host, will be more than happy to help organize excursions around the area. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s swimming with whale sharks, a scuba diving trip at the Marine Reserve, sunset boat cruises or a tour around colonial-era ruins.
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