Butiama Lodge

Mafia Island

Butiama Lodge

Butiama is located on one of the longest beaches on Mafia Island, where it offers rustic yet comfortable beach bungalows.

Situated on the west cost of Mafia Island, a short walk from the capital, Kilindoni, Butiama Beach Lodge is the perfect escape for those wanting to enjoy a spot of winter sunshine on one of East Africa’s least-developed islands. It’s a laidback, owner-run lodge, which makes up for what it lacks in luxury amenities with its low-key charm. Situated on one of Mafia’s quieter beaches, Butiama is also very well placed for keen divers and wildlife enthusiasts. It offers among the best opportunities for whale shark swimming between November and February, as well as diving, kayaking, and dhow boat excursions throughout the year.

Butiama’s main public area is built under cool makuti thatch and consists of an open-sided restaurant with ocean views. There is also a beach bar, library with board games and a pool table, small spa, and swimming pool.


Butiama Beach Lodge offers 15 stone and thatch seafront bungalows, including a 2-bedroom option for families. Each bungalow is decorated in a relaxed, bohemian style. The furniture is crafted locally and where possible makes great use of reclaimed wood from old dhow boats. The colourful fabrics and soft furnishings are also locally sourced and used to great effect, adding a burst of colour to the rooms. Beds are large and comfortable with ceiling fans and mosquito nets. Each bungalow has a large verandah with seating and hammocks from which to take in the fabulous ocean views and sunsets.


Dining area


Swimming with whale sharks
Sea kayaking
Dhow boat cruises
Visit Kilindoni

Child Policy

Butiama Beach Lodge accepts children of all ages and can supply cots and high chairs if necessary.