Half Day: Visiting Chole Island with a Sandbank Lunch

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Visit the neighbouring Chole Island where you will get to see how the locals live on a short tour through the village.

On this tour you can explore the ruins that have been overtaken by nature and see the Arabic and German influences, including a prison and customs house.

Your guide will take you for a walk across the island through the small villages and varied vegetation (including baobab trees) and show you where traditional Swahili dhows are built by skilled craftsmen using hand tools. Chole also acts as a sanctuary for the Flying Foxes (Fruit Bats) which your guide will help you to see sleeping in the trees during the day.

You will then go to a secluded sand bank for a local BBQ lunch and some time to relax! This tour takes about 5 hours.


  • Experience Chole Island’s nature, culture, and history
  • Arabic ruins from the 12th and German ruins built during world war I
  • The world’s first dedicated fruit bat sanctuary
  • Visit the craftsmen building the traditional Swahili dhows by hand
  • Finish with a BBQ lunch on the sandbank

Booking Tips

To book this tour simply use our search engine above

  1. Select Mafia as your destination
  2. Date
  3. Number of participants
  4. Then click search

What's Included

Pick up and drop off from your lodge, Chole tour, Chole community fees, BBQ lunch, shade on the sandbank, water and an experienced captain and guide

What You Should Bring

Comfortable walking shows, hat, sunscreen, beach towel, sunglasses, water shoes, waterproof bag for electronics

Who Should Come

This excursion is open to all ages and fitness levels. Whilst the crew will provide life jackets, if you have small children and infants, please supply your own flotation devices for them. Infants will need to be carried at times.

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