Kinasi Lodge is arguably Mafia’s best lodge. Being a rather remote island which has never really developed into a tourism hub like Zanzibar has, Mafia lacks good quality, affordable accommodation. There is Pole Pole, which is good value but lacks quality and a beach, and if you are more the adventurous type, then Chole Mjini is an option. But Kinasi ticks all the boxes whilst at the same time has a good beach. Mafia isn’t known for great beaches so when you come across a good one, enjoy it!
Kinasi is located on an amazingly quiet beach overlooking Chole Bay, of Mafia Island. Mafia Island is a 30 minute flight from Dar es Salaam and Kinasi is 20 minute drive from the airport. Kinasi is lucky enough to be located on a steep hillside which allows for a cooling breeze to pass through the lodge and rooms. This elevation also gives good height for scenic views of the ocean and Chole Bay.
There is quite a dominating bar that stands out in the main area, sofas, armchairs, a library and games zone with chess and cards. There is even a snooker table! The owners have an acquired attention to detail with a strong eye for comfort and artisan style throughout. The sitting room and bar area is open-sided and with comfortable furnishing, complete with cushions, magazines and a reference library for all local interest.
There are 14 rooms at Kinasi Lodge. Of them, five are sea front and 7 are garden view but the rooms are all of a similar layout and design. If you're after doing a load of diving on your Tanzania holiday then this is the place for you!
Kinasi has an exquisite kitchen with great cooking. They prepare lavish meals and extravagant picnic lunches, with especially excellent seafood and homemade breads, yogurts and a variety of soups.
The gardens are beautiful with various flower beds around the place and the swimming has been designed to with a poolside barbeque and bar. A stay at Kinasi is based around their various fleet of boats, which include a 85 horse power game fishing and diving boat, a number of traditional lateen sailing dhows and a two smaller dive boats. The beach at Kinasi is as good as it gets on the island and therefore quite enjoyable. Days tend to be spent out exploring the pristine waters, islands and sandbanks.
There are many activities like windsurfing, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.