Whale Shark Expedition - 23 Oct 2023

      Kilindoni, Tanzania

      8 reviews
      Oct 23 - Nov 1, 2023
      Group size: 1 - 10
      Whale Shark Expedition - 23 Oct 2023
      Kilindoni, Tanzania

      8 reviews

      Oct 23 - Nov 1, 2023
      Group size: 1 - 10

      About this trip

      Spend 10 days on the beautiful, sunny, and off-the-beaten-track island of Mafia, just off the coast of Tanzania. This slice of paradise is still relatively undeveloped and provides a great base to explore rural island life. Our main purpose on this expedition will be to collect data on Whale Sharks – gentle giants that grow up to 20 meters in length! – to contribute to monitoring and conservation efforts. To do this, you’ll be swimming in the water right by them – although you can also collect data from the boat if you don’t want to snorkel.

      It’s hard to put into words how special this expedition is! The combination of the location, the activities, and spending time with these giants of the ocean creates a unique experience that you’ll cherish forever.

      What’s included

      • Flights
        International flights (you will need to fly into Dar es Salaam)
      • Internal flights
        Internal flight to Mafia Island (estimate $240 return)
      • Drinks
        Soft or alcoholic drinks
      • Travel Insurance
      • Activities
        Additional activities not included in the itinerary
      • Tips
        Tips for the local staff (you may like to tip the ‘whale shark’ boat and hotel team, suggest amount is $80-100 for each)
      • Gifts
        Optional gifts for the local school (if you’d like to bring clothes, shoes or books for the local children we can arrange for these to be given to the school)

      Available Packages

      Private En-Suite Double Room
      only 2 left
      Deposit: £500
      Shared En-Suite Twin Room
      Sold Out
      Deposit: £500

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      8 reviews
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      I felt in my gut this was something special but I couldn't have predicted quite how special it would be. There aren't any words to describe this adventure. If you are in any doubt as to whether to go. Please take the leap of faith and do it. It will bring you back to yourself.
      By Katie F for The Matriarch Adventure on 25 Oct, 2022
      Amazing! such a good group of people to spend this crazy fun experience with. I cannot wait for Zia’s next trip!!! 100/10
      By Zoie S for Zia's Garden Route Road Trip. on 21 Oct, 2022
      Where to start with this amazing expedition? 11/10 for all elements I guess! Can’t fault the organisation or the teams of people involved in running the trip, the hotel or the whale shark boat team - all lovely, genuine people committed to making sure we had the best time. It was an absolute privilege to spend time swimming with the whale sharks, and a very profound experience to be so close to such beautiful gentle giants. We also enjoyed trips to other parts of Mafia and to Chole island providing us with other special experiences including a turtle, a tiny lagoon full of upside down jellyfish, and hippos! Mafia Island is a little piece of paradise, I will always treasure the memories of our trip and the people I met and made friends with
      By Amanda G for Whale Shark Expedition on 20 Oct, 2022
      I don't even know if I can truly put into words how incredible this trip was for me. The people, the food, the once in a lifetime experiences, and the lifelong friendships. This trip was more than I could have dreamed. Thank you for everything. This experience was a big turning point in my life. Can we go back?
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