Butiama Beach is located outside of the Marine Park boundaries on Mafia Island – an island south from Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam on the mainland. One of the main reasons to head to Mafia Island has always been the fantastic diving off the south eastern side of the island, but one of its traditional drawbacks has been the beach. However, Butiama Beach is an exception, as it features a stunning beach on the western coast of the island.
The main area is sheltered under a makuti thatch and its sandy beach-like floor homes a bar, games room, small library, dining area and a small shop. It also has its own spa, offering relaxing treatments throughout the day. Outside, Butiama has its own swimming pool and quiet, white –sand beach. With the exception of a few fishermen, the beach is relatively quiet year-round.
Butiama Beach has 13 spacious bungalows, made up from double, twin, triple and family rooms to suit all visitors. The bungalows each have a private veranda, featuring comfortable sofas and hammocks to enjoy the sea view and ocean breeze at your leisure. The furniture in the room (the beds and luggage/storage racks) have been made from reclaimed woods from old, tradition dhows, fitting with the culture and local-living on Mafia Island today.
The beach lodge has its own PADI-certified dive centre and although diving is done on the eastern side of the island (approximately a 30-minute drive), it is a simple process to enquire and book activities during your stay. Snorkelling and fishing gear, sea kayaks and traditional dhow cruises are also at your disposal. A 15-minute walk along the sandy beach brings you to Kilindoni village and the markets if you are interested in exploring.