When to go to Mafia Island

Best Time To Go To Mafia Island; When To Go To Mafia Island

When going on holiday to Tanzania the chances are the aim of the trip is to either go for a safari, or to the beach or both. As a general rule of thumb, the best time to be in Tanzania at the beach is in the dry season from July – October when the weather is dry and sunny. This is the only time of year which is pretty much guaranteed not to rain. There are short rains in November (which sometimes trickle through into December, January and March) before the long rains which come in April and May.

With Mafia Island, things can be a little different though… As the beaches are not the best on Mafia Island and can be pretty mangrove-heavy, most people are attracted to the island not for relaxation and sunshine, but to go for some of the world’s best diving, oh, and also to catch a glimpse of the mighty Whale Sharks. Whale Shark season is generally from October until March so we would advise to not think to much about the rainfall if this is your main priority. If you are looking to combine Mafia with some time on Zanzibar though, we would suggest February as there is significantly less rainy days here than in the other months. October is also similar, though if your priority is the whale sharks then February is more into high season so we would suggest picking this over October if you want to minimize rain chances and maximise your underwater experience.
NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 313232313030293030313232
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 242423232220191919212223
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 787678889998
Hours of Daylight Hrs 131212121212121212121213
Number Rainy Days 13815171266546813
Rainfall (mm) 137962284672578651322334102186

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