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Dolphin Dhow

Dolphin Dhow Safari

A new and completely different day-trip is now available on the South coast of Kenya. Evolving out of a dolphin research project comes an exciting opportunity for people to meet the dolphins frequenting Kisite Marine Park and Reserve. This area of the coast is home to two species of dolphins: one is the hump-back, members of which are often seen in the Shimoni-Wasini channel, another is a large school of spotted dolphins which are particularly friendly - coming very close to our boat and even, sometimes (if it is their play-time), allowing people to swim alongside them in the water.


The sailing dhows Al-Ikhlas, built on Lamu Island, and Subira, built in northern Tanzania, are now taking people to see and interact with the dolphins. Locating dolphins is the main focus of the trip, all of which will be spent within areas where they are most likely to be found. When our guests are enjoying snorkelling or island exploring, our dinghy will be making patrols into other nearby areas regularly frequented by the dolphins.


Besides dolphins, guests of the Dolphin Dhow will have a chance to snorkel on a shallow and protected reef with beautiful corals and abundant marine life to rival even Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Underwater viewing scopes are available for non-snorkeler.


After a traditional Swahili-style lunch on board, they will also have the chance to explore one of the picturesque islands of the park and reserve before finishing off the day with a peaceful and relaxing sail back to Shimoni, wind permitting. The trip is escorted by at least one experienced member of the dolphin team. German is spoken and a French- speaking guide is available. An informal atmosphere is created in which our guests will be provided with as much information as possible. The trip if fully inclusive of all drinks, (sodas, mineral water, beer and South African wine) snacks, lunch, teas, coffees, etc. Free use of masks and snorkels is included.

The cost per person for Residents is ksh 6000 and Non Residents $ 150

*The Excursion is available




  • Enjoy fine white beaches and Swim in the warm Indian ocean.
  • Explore the 5 islands of Lamu archipelago.
  • Learn the history of the old cities of the coast.
  • Kite surfing in Diani.
  • Enjoy the local Swahili dishes of the coast.


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