Mafia Island forms part of the famous Tanzanian Spice Islands which are set in the Indian Ocean. Mafia Island features mangrove thickets, coastal moorlands and lowland forest. The Mafia Archipelago’s coral reefs, sandbars, lagoons and beaches form part of the Mafia Island Marine Park - Tanzania’s first marine national park. This spectacular, unspoilt area offers visitors rich, colourful reefs with over 50 hard and soft corals and over 460 species of fish and a variety of diverse marine life, making this area excellent for diving boasting numerous world-class dive sites. Visitors can spot whale sharks and sea turtles in the clear waters, view hippos wallowing in the reed-lined lakes of the interior and discover the many rustic fishing villages and farming communities scattered around the island.