Whale Shark Lodge

Guesthouse in Mafia

This backpacker-friendly budget place, in a quiet, clifftop setting overlooking a prime whale-shark viewing area, is excellent value, with six simple, pleasant cottages with fan, mosquito net and bathroom. There’s a large, lovely dining terrace with sunset views and local-style meals (US$7) on order. A short walk down the cliffside is a small beach with high-tide swimming.

It’s 1.5km from Kilindoni town centre, behind the hospital and Tsh1500 in a bajaji (tuk-tuk).