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Pilli Pipa Dhow Safaris

Pillli Pipa Dhow Safari

FULL DAY SNORKELING EXCURSION -A glimpse into another world

The 28sq. km Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Park is reputed to be the most beautiful marine park after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and is the best in Kenya in terms of species diversity, coral quality and reef build-up. The warm, pristine waters are host to dramatic coral formations, dolphins, turtles, sting rays, moray eels and a bewildering variety of sea life that comprise a unique eco-system that could be referred to as a garden under the sea. Enjoy a day trip on the Pilli Pipa in and around Kisite, home of the dolphins.

The Itinerary is as follows:

•Drive to Shimoni jetty to arrive at about 8.30am.

•On arrival, board our Arabian Style dhow with comfortable seating. Welcome on board by a cheery crew who will serve you with Kenya coffee or tea with biscuits.

•Full briefing of all facilities and program on boarding.

•Motor and or sail as you look for Dolphins past Mpunguti ya juu & Mpunguti ya Chini on your way to Kisite National Marine Park.

•Guided snorkelling in the protected waters. Guides safely showing the many varied fish and coral. Assistance given with additional use of life rings and buoyancy jackets if required.

•Two snorkelling sites visited or extended snorkelling time depending on the weather.

•Return to the private residence of Selina and Harm on Wasini Island, a Robinson Crusoe hideaway, for a delicious Seafood Banquet. Lunch is served in a private garden by smiling Swahili Ladies and includes beer, wine and sodas. Try some of the Citronella Tea made from fresh lemon grass grown by Harm on the island. There is the opportunity to look through our Marine Literature and identify the creatures that you have seen.

•Tired after an eventful day, there is reluctance to leave but gradually people are guided back onto the dhow and, weather permitting, we may sail across the Wasini Channel to Shimoni. Visit Shimoni Slave Caves Community project (optional at an extra fee of Kshs.200)

All equipment provided including prescription masks, snorkels, fins and diving equipment. Soft drinks (sodas), mineral water and fruits served on the dhow. To make the day comfortable, you need to carry own towels, sun lotion, water friendly shoes, sun glasses, hats and swimming costume. The photo opportunities can be outstanding so carry a camera too.

An educational day that reveals the amazing kaleidoscope of natural color and beauty of the world under the sea.

The cost per person for Residents is ksh 6500 and Non Residents $ 125

Transfer from/to your hotel

Dhow cruise

Marine Park Fees


















  • 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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