Discover The Secrets of Chole Island

Chole Island, Mafia Island, Coast of Pwani Region, Tanzania

Offered in: English, Italian, German and 5 More

Tour Duration

3 hours (Approximately)

Minimum Group Size

2 Person

Maximum Group Size

50 People

Tour Type

Adventure & Historical Sites



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:


Chole island, once at a crossroads of a major trade route is now considered a place where one can take a glance back in time. Chole Island is one of the smallest of the islands that comprise the Mafia Archiepelago and is located just across the channel from us. Chole is around one kilometre long and half a kilometre wide and bursting at the seams with nature. Mangrove forests, baobab and palm trees are a few examples of the vibrant flora that can be found growing on this magical Island. Once considered the ‘‘Capital’’ of the archipelago, it has since slowed its pace from a bustling port and transformed into an island so unique that it is one of the most memorable adventures one can take whilst visiting. We love this tour as it offers our guests a one-stop-destination to sample a snippet of all that Mafia has to offer; history, culture, nature and the most beautiful sunset imaginable.

This late afternoon adventure starts with a short trip over the channel to land on the busy beach. Our Chole tour begins with an exciting journey through the various ruins left behind from days long past that are so beautifully riddled with vegetation. A short walk down Chole’s ‘main street’, a dirt path that winds through the various tropical trees, will lead you through the first dedicated fruit bat sanctuary in the world, where one can readily spot the sleeping comores bats high up in the trees. The walk slowly winds down with a visit to the boatyard where all the Swahili dhows are built using traditional methods unchanged over generations, and finally an opportunity to watch the sun set over Mafia from the Red Herring, Chole’s beautiful ocean view bar, before returing home.

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
  • Mineral Water, tea, coffee and small snacks during the tour
  • 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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