A number of the reefs around Mafia are both snorkelling
and dive sites,with shallow reef sloping away to walls.

The snorkeling here is truly excellent for the beginner and those more experienced. The shallow water and constant tidal movements provide excellent light, showing off the wonderful colours of both soft and hard corals.

KINASI
PASS ISLETS

The two larger islets in the main Kinasi Pass (Kisiwa Kubwa, Kisiwa Ndogo) are superb snorkeling sites with protected anchorages in sand on the inner, Bay side. There are scattered “bommies” and shallow reefs between and around the islets. Lionfish and the Titan triggerfish are very common. Open-billed storks, hadada ibis, little egrets and fish eagles are resident on the islets. A small pool, hidden in the centre of the largest islet, can be reached by swimming through a narrow channel in the rock. Small groups of nocturnal cardinal fish lurk in the shady crevices. The “bommie” adjacent to the largest islet falls away to about 15m and houses a fascinating complex of corals and fish

CORAL
GARDENS

Located on the shallow reef backing the Chole and Kinasi Walls; the maximum depth is 8 m and the snorkeller is usually in 3 to 6 m. A very extensive and superb photographic site with numerous coral “bommies” in seagrass and sand patches. A high diversity of reef fish with each “bommie” demonstrating a small world of great colour and variety. Stands of “fire” coral (Millepora spp).

DARUSI
& MIEWE

Darusi is another complex reef surrounding an ancient Porites coral rock island covered in creepers, succulents and herbs. There is a variety of habitat types including two very interesting walls for the better free-divers. This is a wonderful snorkeling area and one can see a great deal as well as more unusual creatures such as the Spanish Dancer, lionfish, stone fish, clams, bat fish and small morays.

NORTH SIDE OF KINASI PASS

The two larger islets in the main Kinasi Pass (Kisiwa Kubwa, Kisiwa Ndogo) are superb snorkelling sites with protected anchorages in sand on the inner, Bay side. There are scattered “bommies” and shallow reefs between and around the islets. Lionfish and the Titan triggerfish are very common. Open-billed storks, hadada ibis, little egrets and fish eagles are resident on the islets. A small pool, hidden in the centre of the largest islet, can be reached by swimming through a narrow channel in the rock. Small groups of nocturnal cardinal fish lurk in the shady crevices. The “bommie” adjacent to the largest islet falls away to about 15m and houses a fascinating complex of corals and fish

CHOLE CHANNEL AND REEF

Just in front of Chole Island, facing Kinasi, is a shallow reef with many soft corals and seagrass, sloping to a maximum depth of 15 m. A fine site also for drift dive training. This area has a high diversity of bottom-living filter feeders due to the regular tidal movements. Soft corals, seapens, anemones and sponges carpet the seafloor in a diverse array of colours and forms. Interspersed are numerous small coral "bommies" with their own individual communities.

JIBONDO
PASS

A shallow reef in the channel north of Jibondo Island with many scattered bommies in sand. There can be strong tidal movements but this is an ideal site to see many colourful parrotfish of all sizes.

MANGE
REEF

In the shallows surrounding the Mange atoll are some of the most beautiful stands of branching staghorn corals, best appreciated by snorkelling. Large expanses of shallow coral and sand patches with brilliant illumination for superb snorkelling and photography. On the western side the reef falls away to a fabulous sloping wall dive.

KITUTIA

Snorkelling just off the main sand cay and in the channel facing Jibondo Island. A wonderful day trip for all with a picnic on the sand islands at low tide.

Ready to go? One of our travel specialists will be happy to help you book your next adventure!

Enquiries & Reservations:
Email: [email protected]
Mobile/WhatsApp +27 (0)722930 475
Skype: kinasi.lodge
Managing Director: +255 (0)777474911
Kinasi Lodge: +255 (715)669145