There are 10 bungalows (including 2 family bungalows) at Butiama Beach Lodge, scattered among the coconut palms just 50 meters from the stunning beach. Each bungalow is beautifully furnished with unique furniture – hand crafted from the hardwoods of retired sailing dhows, and decorated with kikois – charming, colourful hand woven cotton sarongs. Each bungalow is fully equipped with hot water, mosquito nets and yacht fans and has spacious veranda on which to enjoy the evening breeze and watch the sun set.
There are many tempting culinary delights at Butiama. Start the day with a full breakfast of muffins, pancakes, cereals, yoghurt, fruit, bacon and eggs. At lunchtime choose from an array of tempting light dishes. Refuel, replenish and revive yourself at the lovely wave-lapped beach bar and restaurant, Chiringuito. Tea, coffee, and herbal infusions are always available to perk you up at any time. In the evening, enjoy a full 3 course dinner – the perfect way to end your day.
There is much to do and see on Mafia. Scuba dive, fish and swim with the world’s largest fish – whalesharks; go sailing in a traditional dhow to nearby islands, sand banks, or other beaches; or take a kayak and explore the beach front or further afield. Mafia has some of the world’s richest reefs, as well as being a meeting place for various turtle species and many oceanic fish.
Discover the native trees, animals and birdlife of the island; take excursions to experience local village life and watch skilled craftsmen at work. You can explore the ruins of the ancient city of Kua on Juani Island; get a taste of history at Kisimani; or head to Chole Island, where you will gain a fascinating insight into the traditional life of a peaceful and industrious village community.
Get away from it all and take a Land Rover to the north of the island and explore Mafia’s miles and miles of secluded pristine beaches.
And when you have finished exploring the island, you can have a relaxing massage to unwind before settling down to watch the sunset!