A Day Out At Mange SandBank

Mange SandBank, Mafia Island, Coast of Pwani Region, Tanzania

Offered in: English, Italian, German and 5 More

Tour Duration

9 hours (Approximately)

Minimum Group Size

4 Person

Maximum Group Size

50 People

Tour Type




Minimum Age

Children with 2 years & above

Meeting & Pickup

Pick-up/Drop-off at any place

Cut-off Time

24 hours before start time

Cancellation Policy

May cancel up to 24 hours

Important Information

Children Need to be Accompanied By at Least One Adult

All water based excursions are extremely tide and weather dependent

We don’t offer a pick up or drop off service by car but we’re accessible within a 15 minute walk from most hotels

Our advice:

  • It is a full day activity and although it ends at around 4 pm, we don't suggest combining it with other activities
  • Wear decent (conservative/appropriate) clothes when walking around Island
  • Bring Water resistant bag for cameras and other valuables
  • Comfortable closed walking or hiking shoes
  • Suitable for all ages and fitness level


Mange is the most pristine patch of pure, white sand, exposed only on the low tide, surrounded by tropical reefs teaming with colourful corals and fish. A Mange sandbank excursion is essentially a day lost at sea. A combination of navigating the Southern frontier of Mafia’s archipelago, exploring an untouched sand island and its surrounding underwater scenery. This memorable adventure is planned as a full day at sea, usually departing around 08am and returning in the early evening. The journey to and from the sandbank is around one and a half hours away. The boat trip allows us the opportunity to feast on the beautiful views that the Southern side of Mafia harbors, settle back and read a book and quite often watch dolphins put on a playful display alongside us.

Before we descend onto our private island for the day, we take a moment to explore Mange reef either on scuba or by snorkel. Once we arrive at the sandbank our team will set up a shaded area for you to retreat under and start to BBQ up some fish in true Swahili fashion. The sandbank boasts incredibly clear, aquamarine waters, perfect for a pre and post lunch swim. There are also a nice collection of coral bommies to be explored just metres from the sandy shores. Eventually, mother nature claims back her prized possesion, as the ocean swallows up our home for the afternoon, we lazily retreat to our dhow for a beautiful journey back to Mafia Island. A true robinson crusoe experience with a dash of barefoot luxury.

What's Included

  • Service of Informative, friendly and Experienced Professional Tour guide
  • Meet & Greet Services from your hotel to ensure that your trip is comfort
  • Freshly-prepared delicious seafood BBQ lunch at the sandbank
  • Mineral Water, tea, coffee and small snacks during the tour
  • Snorkeling Gears (life jacket, mask & flippers)
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • Waiting Charge & Other Service Fees

What's Excluded

  • Medical Insurance if needed
  • Gratuities for Tour Guide or Driver
  • Marine Park fees & Contribution to Local Community payable locally
  • International & Domestic Flights
  • Expenses of a personal Nature
  • Airport/Departure Tax
  • Visa Fee

COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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