5 Top Kenya Water Safari Sports and Activities
1. Snorkeling and Diving
Masks and snorkels are available for rent on the beach for Kshs 100. You’ll need a boat to get out to the reef. Most trips to the park provide their own snorkeling gear. Certified divers can take dives with local tour companies, or more expensively at the coral reef Lodge or Pemba channel fishing club. Dive courses and longer scuba safaris are also possible in the Pemba channel.
2. Deep sea fishing The Pemba channel is famous for deep-sea fishing, and Pemba channel fishing club holds over 50% of Kenya’s marlin- fishing records. Boats cost from USD 500 for nine hours (valid for up to four fishers). This company promotes tag and release which I strongly encourage as an eco-friendly measure.
3. Diving Tours in Shimoni on Kenya coast
Various companies offer organised dhow tours for snorkeling, all leaving Shimoni by 9am. Transfers from North –and south- coast hotels are available. (US$10 TO 20), and longer trips with overnights stays can also be arranged. Children pay half the adult price. Certified divers can take one/two scuba dives for an extra US$30/50 with any of these companies.
4. Swimming with Dolphins in Kenya Coast
The friends of Kenya Dolphins have set up the Dolphin Dhow, a dolphin –spotting and snorkeling trip around Wasini Island. The dhow leaves from Shimoni jetty at 8.45am daily and costs US$75. The price includes snorkeling equipment, drinks, a Swahili seafood lunch and the marine park fees.
5. Kisite Dhow Tours
The Kisite dhow tours runs a popular eco-tourist snorkeling trips to the marine park, including a nature walk on Wasini and a very good seafood lunch at Charlie’s claw’s original Wasini Island restaurant. Trips cost US$ 55 from Shimoni jetty, or US$ 75 with breakfast, drinks and visits to the coral gardens and slave caves.
This is another expat-owned company offering full day trips. The price is US$80 from Shimoni, including lunch, park fees, snorkeling and drinks. Diving trips are available at US$ 130/$145 for one/two dives.
7. Paradise Divers
Based in Diani also offers similar trips for US$ 80.
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