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Mafia Island

Mafia Island Divisions



Mafia Island (Kisiwa cha Mafia) is an island off the coast of Tanzania. The island is the third largest of the extended Zanzibar Archipelago,but is not administratively included within the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar, which has been politically separate since 1890. Mafia Island forms the major part of Mafia District, one of the six administrative districts in the Pwani coastal region. The local archipelago and the main island are sometimes called Chole shamba in Swahili, hinterlands of the former maintown of Chole on Mafia Bay.

The island’s population is over 40,000.The economy is based on fishing, subsistence agriculture and the market in Kilindoni. The island attracts some tourists, mainly scuba divers, birdwatchers, game fishermen, and people wanting relaxation