Swimming with whale sharks is one of the best experiences Mafia Island has to offer. Whale Sharks are the largest fish in the ocean and their docile and curious nature make them a pleasure to swim with.
It is a lifetime experience that you cannot miss. The best season begins from October to end of February when the “Dominos” (nickname for the Whale Sharks) unite themselves in the bay to eat plankton and prepare for the way back.
Our tour will leaves daily at 7am (you will be picked up from your hotel at 6.30am) and will take between 2-5 hours. Whale sharks are wild animals so there is no guarantee that we will find them. Around 80% of our tours find whale sharks. In the case that we do not see them, you can return to do another tour with us at the reduced rate of $50
- Sun cream
- Camera (waterproof is best)
- Swimming Suit
- Snorkeling Gears Included, but feel free to bring your own snorkelling gears.
- Pick up and drop off from your lodge,
- Snorkelling gear,
- Breakfast or snacks,
- Bottled water,
- Community fees
- Experienced captain and guide
- Most of our staff (including the owner Afro) used to be fishermen, so we know the island and are used to finding the whale sharks. When we used to fish we would find the whale sharks as this is where the fish would be so we have been looking for them our whole lives! We know their nature and hangout spots better than anybody!
- We are an Eco tour who carry out conservation practices (check out our conservation page)
- Afro Safari is usually one of the first boats leaving in the morning so you have a chance to swim alone with the sharks before the other tour companies arrive.
- We are a locally owned and run company. There are many western companies on the Island but with us you know you are supporting locals who have built this company out of nothing!
- We genuinely LOVE the whale sharks. We treat them with respect and do not use aggressive or harmful tactics.
My wife and I spent part of our honeymoon on Mafia. Our first day we took a trip with Afro Whale Shark Safari. Within 20 few minutes of launch we found the shark. Afro was great at positioning the boat to ensure that we could get close to the share without having to chase it around the channel.
Sdkubly Washington, DC
“We swam with Whale sharks!!”
There are a couple of outfits to go and see the whale sharks. However, the best spotter is Mr. Afro Whale Shark himself. All the other boats follow him. He drives the boat with expertise and once the whale sharks are in sight he is the first to jump off the boat ?
Whale sharks! What’s not to like. With a group of three others visiting Mafia for the whale sharks and we were not dissappointed. First boat out in the morning, good briefings and responsible use of the boats. Afro has good rapport with the researchers in the area.