The name Mafia derives from Ma-Afir, a tribe from ancient Yemen who dominated the coast around 1000BCE. Mafia Island is the largest of an island archipelago, off the beaten track and known to only the most discerning travelers. This island displays a rich marine life for which it has been designated as the Marine Park by the World Wide Fund for Nature. You would find a small population of pygmy hippo who has been living in the remains of an old lagoon, cut off from the mainland centuries ago. The rich marine life with the stunning beaches, the interesting history, and a number of luxurious hotels and restaurants make it one of the best hotspots in Tanzania.