Explore our exciting Activities and great Amenities

Activities… Something for everyone

While Mafia is a water paradise we like to point out its many other attractions and interests: its people and their lives, history and archaeology (there is a thousand years of history), bird life, plants, and all the many beaches, inlets, islets that make it so beautiful. The main activities we think guests will be interested in while staying at Kinasi are:

 Boat Ride


Dive Training

Diving & Watersports


Sport Fishing



  • There is a swimming pool and private beach at Kinasi (beach subject to tides)
  • Snorkelling and swimming around the islets and beautiful coral shelves of Chole Bay
  • Scuba diving on reefs in Chole Bay, on walls outside the Bay and along the south-eastern reefs – Kinasi operates its own PADI dive centre.
  • Scuba training to all levels from beginning to advanced and specialised courses
  • Swim and snorkel with the whale sharks (usually October-March)
  • Conservation excursion to see turtle-hatching during the season from July to September
  • Light game fishing (trolling, popping, jigging), bottom fishing and beach casting
  • Sailing on traditional jahazis or outrigger ngalawas with local fishermen (there are two windsurfers and two lasers)
  • Kayaking in our single person action kayaks or double touring kayaks (these are free-of-charge for our guests)
  • Daily boat excursions and picnics (combined with snorkelling) to isolated islets and beaches such as Kitutia, Ras Kisimani, Miewe, Mvinje, Malimbani Sand Bar
  • Guided excursions to villages on the islands of Chole and Jibondo to see traditional village community life and economic activity, such as boat building and farming
  • Boat and walking excursion to the ancient ruins of Kua on Juani Island and the water nature trail
  • Road excursions to other parts of Mafia Island, such as Kilindoni, Ras Mbizi Plantation, Baleni Village and learn how the people of Mafia live
  • Cycling along the bush trails and through traditional farmlands
  • Nature walks and bird-watching through mangrove, inter-tidal flats and woodland and on the reef flats at low tide (including the Crab Plover migration)
  • Slide shows and video evenings about Mafia and its people, history and culture and the underwater world
  • Music centre, novels, magazines and the extensive library of books and articles on marine life, nature, history, archaeology, plants and gardening, design and decoration
  • Outdoor games available such as badminton, boulette, volleyball, football, frisbee
  • Satellite television and board games and cards: bao, chess, drafts, backgammon, keram and painting materials for children
  • Metameta Gift Shop with a range of quality clothes, fabrics, accessories, local crafts and jewellery

Seasons – Know the Moonsoons

Kinasi is closed at the end of March until 1st June each year during the “long rains”: the seasons can generally be classified by the wet/dry periods and monsoons

June Cool and dry
July Cool but windy (S-E monsoons, the kusi
August – October Cool, dry season with pleasant temperatures and usually excellent weather
November Short rains (unreliable)
December Hot season, mainly dry with some showers and increasing humidity (N-E Monsoon, kaskazi)
April / May Long rains with little wind and heavy downpour


Kinasi provides a variety of massages, reflexology, aromatherapy, facials, manicure and pedicure from its dedicated centre, the Isis Spa. Two full-time professional therapists from Thailand manage the centre. This is a completely professional spa of international standard offering a range of therapy and relaxation massages and beauty treatments. Please download details and the price list HERE


  • Personalised service and excursion activities
  • 14 ensuite rooms
  • Private beach and Swimming Pool with alfresco bar and grill
  • Central Restaurant-Bar-Lounge building with stunning views
  • All-day bar service to beach, pool and rooms
  • Beauty & Wellness treatments at the Isis Spa
  • Business Center
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Childcare
  • Coffee/tea all hours
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Vehicle x4 & Boat hire