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Mafia Island Tanzania

Mafia Island is located 40 minutes flight South of Dar Es Salaam off the coast of East Africa. The great thing about this island is that tourism has not really reached it yet! There are no tarmaced roads and even the runway is a dirt strip, with a little shack for the arrivals and departures terminal.

We stayed at the Ras Mbisi Lodge which is on the West side of the island right on the beach and built amongst the coconut palms. If you really want to get away from everything, enjoy good food and really relax then this is well worth a visit. Their website is www.mafiaislandtz.com
Departures at Dar Es Salam domestic terminal
Departures at Dar Es Salam domestic terminal
Outside domestic terminal.
Outside domestic terminal.
Pilot and cockpit
Pilot and cockpit
 We are off to paradise!
We are off to paradise!
Bye bye city.
Bye bye city.
Just another day in the office.
Just another day in the office.
Rainbow halo
Rainbow halo
Tips of the wings
Tips of the wings
Winding river.
Winding river.
Cotton wool clouds
Cotton wool clouds
Leaving the main land
Leaving the main land
Tanzanian coast line
Tanzanian coast line
River delta
River delta
Shadows
Shadows
Hanging
Hanging
First of the islands
First of the islands
Shorelines
Shorelines
Dhow
Dhow
And that's our runway!
And that's our runway!
Kilandoni harbour.
Kilandoni harbour.
Making our descent.
Making our descent.
Touch down
Touch down
Where's the Emirates flight?
Where's the Emirates flight?
Tropical Air to tower do you read me ???
Tropical Air to tower do you read me ???
Welcome to Mafia airport where the local time is...... chill time.
Welcome to Mafia airport where the local time is...... chill time.
Airport fire department.
Airport fire department.
Mafia's main highway!
Mafia's main highway!
 7 kilometers of untouched beach
7 kilometers of untouched beach
All to ourselves.
All to ourselves.
The Bounty add.
The Bounty add.
Paradise.
Paradise.
Heaven.
Heaven.
Down the path,  turn right,  hut # 3.
Down the path, turn right, hut # 3.
Palm trees and sunshine.
Palm trees and sunshine.
Room with a view.
Room with a view.
The edge of paradise.
The edge of paradise.
 Pure relaxation.
Pure relaxation.
Fancy a dip?
Fancy a dip?
Sunshine stools.
Sunshine stools.
Dug out canoes.
Dug out canoes.
Ras Mbisi Lodge.
Ras Mbisi Lodge.
Mosquito repelant.
Mosquito repelant.
View from the chill out bar.
View from the chill out bar.
Sundowners.
Sundowners.
You be looking at me?
You be looking at me?
I be looking at you!
I be looking at you!
Go on I dare you.
Go on I dare you.
Now that ain't a pretty face.
Now that ain't a pretty face.
Catch me if you can.
Catch me if you can.
We're after you.
We're after you.
Barking up the wrong tree.
Barking up the wrong tree.
You can't catch me. Im the sykes monkey
You can't catch me. Im the sykes monkey
Mr Coconut.
Mr Coconut.
Starts his day.
Starts his day.
Great view from up here.
Great view from up here.
Any one for  fresh coconut milk?
Any one for fresh coconut milk?
Look out.... they are falling.
Look out.... they are falling.
Bit of weight lifting.
Bit of weight lifting.
Last light.
Last light.
Back to basics.
Back to basics.
 Who needs electricity?
Who needs electricity?
Out of Africa.
Out of Africa.
Jim rummy.
Jim rummy.
Another safari.
Another safari.
Palm trees.
Palm trees.
Is there anybody out there?
Is there anybody out there?
Twisted.
Twisted.
Dawn chorus.
Dawn chorus.
Birthday boating.
Birthday boating.
Searching for whale shark
Searching for whale shark
Dar to Kilandoni ferrry.
Dar to Kilandoni ferrry.
Beached on birthday  island.
Beached on birthday island.
Stumped.
Stumped.
Fallen.
Fallen.
Nature.
Nature.
Spiral shells.
Spiral shells.
Drifted.
Drifted.
Birthday banquet.
Birthday banquet.
Sea shore.
Sea shore.
Surf.
Surf.
Photographer.
Photographer.
The cry of the fish eagle.
The cry of the fish eagle.
Arachnophobia?
Arachnophobia?
Bird eating spider.
Bird eating spider.
The blue lagoon.
The blue lagoon.
It was ours for a day.
It was ours for a day.
Captain Amine.
Captain Amine.
Look out to sea.
Look out to sea.
Hanging out on the beach.
Hanging out on the beach.
Kilandoni Port.
Kilandoni Port.
Kilandoni Marina.
Kilandoni Marina.
Kilandoni town.
Kilandoni town.
Landrover.
Landrover.
Weeeeee........................
Weeeeee........................
African lilac breasted roller bird.
African lilac breasted roller bird.
In flight.
In flight.
Juvenile
Juvenile
Black African Kyte.
Black African Kyte.
Heron.
Heron.
Moonlight.
Moonlight.
Ras Mbisi village.
Ras Mbisi village.
Punting.
Punting.
Power boat.
Power boat.
Going down.
Going down.
Half way there.
Half way there.
Re-cycling black plastic bags.
Re-cycling black plastic bags.
Wash out.
Wash out.
Star.
Star.
Pink Hibiscus.
Pink Hibiscus.
Rafting.
Rafting.
Red leaves and fishermen.
Red leaves and fishermen.
Beauty.
Beauty.
Fishermen
Fishermen
Land  ahoy
Land ahoy
Lower the sail.
Lower the sail.
Tie the knot
Tie the knot
Farewell
Farewell
Good night.
Good night.
May you sleep well.
May you sleep well.
In the golden glow.
In the golden glow.
 Of Ras Mbisi's spell.
Of Ras Mbisi's spell.
Check in.
Check in.
How do you fly that plane again?
How do you fly that plane again?
Kwaheri Mafia
Kwaheri Mafia
Our birthday island from the air.
Our birthday island from the air.
Another island.
Another island.
The river is still flowing.
The river is still flowing.
Dar international airport.
Dar international airport.