Pole Pole, a small luxury eco-resort, sits within Chole Bay, in the heart of Mafia Island Marine Park and is the perfect destination to relax after a safari and an ideal base for exploring Mafia Island’s underwater wonders. It lies on the beach, within a tropical garden, overlooking a spectacular view of the Mafia Archipelago and the Indian Ocean.
The richness and abundance of the corals and marine life never fails to leave snorkellers and divers speechless – not to mention the thrill of swimming with whalesharks.
Seven bungalow suites are subtly blended into a surrounding tropical overlooking the bay and the Chole and Juani Islands. The bungalows have large private verandahs and are furnished with a Zanzibari bed, charis, table and armchair. Each is self-contained with ceiling fans, and a spacious and comfortable bathroom.
Set apart in the sunniest stretch of Pole Pole and surrounded by gently swaying palm trees, the swimming pool, reminiscent of a sailing dhow, is shaped by a series of circles and set in a beautiful locally-sourced coconut wood deck. The bar and seating area is partially shaded by dhow sails and incorporated into the gardens for the comfort of guests.
The Mediterranean cuisine combines diverse culinary traditions and cultures with Italian style. Swahili dinners are served once a week. Where possible, special dietery requirements are catered for. Local fishermen and farmers benefit as food organically grown and caught is used on the menu ensuring the villagers benefit from tourism development.
A selection of alcoholic beverages, wines, beers, juices and cold drinks are always available at the bar. The bar remains open until all guests have retired.
Book and enjoy a holistic relaxing body massage based on aromatherapy at the massage centre overlooking the beach.
Take time out and peruse a fine selection of books, magazines and articles at the library or if more energetic there are many different types of activities or excursions on offer.
The activities in the marine park are scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and visiting the local villages. Pole Pole Resort organises boat excursions and picnics to isolated islets, sandbanks or islands every day, according to the tide. The 5 * PADI Dive Centre, Mafia Island Diving provides certified courses. The excursions by 4×4 car take you right across the island through villages and changing landscapes up to the northern tip where a lighthouse stands.
In order to preserve the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere, and because Pole Pole does not have suitable facilities for young children, children under 10 years are not accommodated.