Whale Shark Special and Packages

Whale Shark Season Specials

Kinasi Lodge, Mafia Island, Tanzania

Mafia Island’s bountiful warm Indian Ocean waters stages an annual extravaganza which should be on every experiential travelers bucket list. The magnificent Whale Sharks congregate and feed on the West Coast of Mafia Island from October to March, where these beautiful giants can be seen up close and personal.

Another highlight to visit Mafia Island and make the most of a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to snorkel with these amazing gentle giants. Whale Shark excursions are conducted daily and are a popular activity for most.

Due to popularity in weekend getaways and requests we have proudly launched our latest 2 night whale shark excursion included package with return Auric Air flights from Dar es Salaam to Mafia Island.

Valid till 31 March 2019.

For many Dar es Salaam residents as well as other parts of Tanzania, this is an amazing opportunity to break away from the hustle and bustle of the main land. In a bid to promote domestic travel we gladly offer 10% discount on accommodation packages extended to all TZ and SADC residents.

Whale Shark Special Extension

Upon request, we have gladly extended our current 3 and 5 night Whale Shark Special till 20 December 2018.


At Kinasi we proudly control and operate our own Whale Shark excursions for the comfort and enjoyment of our guests. We believe in best practice protocols to ensure sustainable boat operating and swimming/snorkelling with whale sharks with minimal impact on their behavior and environment are followed.

Whale Shark Excursions – US$ 70 per person
*Including snorkel equipment, guide, refreshments, transfer to/from Kilindoni, boat hire, safety and first aid equipment, conservation and district fees, sandbank lunch picnic (6 hour excursion time, minimum 2 pax)*


Our boat is “Utu” (“human kindness”, in kiSwahili), appropriate for swimming with Whale Sharks. It is powered by a 55Hp engine for speed and maneuverability. It is equipped with life jackets, safety buoyancy ring, first aid and a coolbox of water. We will take a maximum of 8 guests a trip, as a standard usually only 6.

Most operators go at 8h00 so to avoid the “rush hour” we will depart later. Our excursions will depart Kinasi after breakfast by road at 10h00, and leave the shore at Kilindoni Jetty (the nearest beach to the sharks) at 10h30. Information should be available by then from the early boats and fishermen on the whereabouts of the sharks (as well as our captain’s knowledge and experience of their feeding movements combined with weather conditions).

After the whale shark experience (hopefully successful!)Utu will travel on to either Fungu Sefu sand bank or Ras Kisimani beach for a picnic lunch before returning guests to the shore and their return trip to Kinasi Lodge. In this way we make the Whale Shark Excursion an amazing day’s unforgettable experience.


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