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“Snorkelling, divers and seafood lovers: A must while in Mombasa!”

Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari
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Full day snorkelling tour to Kisite Marine Park...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Pilli Pipa has being running dhow safaris since 1989. It is a small family owned company run by Selina and Harm Lutjeboer. Limited numbers and a safe, personal and professional service to its guests. Taking our guests into the pristine and preserved Kisite Marine National Park, aboard our traditional Arab sailing dhows, guests have the chance to interact and observe in small group sizes about 250 recorded fish species, 200 resident dolphins and over 140 catalogued individuals sea turtles. Snorkel with qualified marine guides who will teach and guide you along the reef whether you are a complete beginner or experienced snorkeler. Alternatively we offer world class scuba diving in and around the famous Kisite Marine Park, with PADI and NAUI accredited dive masters and instructors. Diving ranges from introductory "fun dives" in the shallows of the marine park, all the way to advanced drift dives in a number of secret and exclusive with the opportunity to dive with pelagic species.
Reviewed 25 August 2013

1  Thank Ryan B
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Very good day out. Journey there by road is very bumpy. Coral dead mostly, did not see too much but nice to be out on the sea. Pretty pleased we could swim well as ' leader' just swam ahead no tail end Charlie. You are responsible for yourself really. The lunch was in great location, lots of it. Yah, good day out. Could do with Tarmac on those roads.

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Reviewed 15 August 2013

We went to the pilli pipa trip as a family. Our children were aged 8 and 15. I have to say the trip wad one of the best days of my life! The trip started with a transfer fom our hotel. On arrival the crew prepared drinks and biscuits. We set sail and during our journey the crew asked about our personal snorkelling experiences and gained an idea of our abilities. We were provided with good quality equipment. We arrived at the reef and our family of 4 were given a guide who looked after as the whole trip. He hàd a ring that our daughter could hold on to and he pulled her along. I was able to snorkel knowing she was safe. He pointed out various fish and Marne life along the way and dived down to show us stingrays, octopus and a variety of creatures. We snorkelled for about 50 minutes and then the boat picked us up as they had spotted dolphin a little further along. We were provided another drink and some fruit while watching for the dolphins, we saw about 8 that were very near the boat. Our second snorkel trip was even better than the first as the dolphins came over to us in the water and swam past us while we were snorkelling. A local fisherman indicated that there were more dolphins coming and so we watched again and saw about 19 in total. Once we got over the excitement of dolphins we continued our snorkelling and then saw a turtle, who was happy for me to swim along beside it! It was a magical experience being in the sea with these wild creatures. When back on the boat we were given pizza bread and more drinks. On arrival at wasini island we were treated like royalty. The food, service and location were simply divine. A very special place. Beware - not all snorkelling and dolphin trips are the same. We saw one group of about 25 snorellers with one guide and no one was having a good time. All in all a fantastic day. We booked through JT safaris and they were cheaper than booking direct or using Thomson, but be sure you are going on the Pilli Pipa trip and accept no imitations.

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Reviewed 14 July 2013

booked through JT Safari cheaper than hotel/main tour operator. first time had people of all types of swimming ability fish amazing lion fish/clown/snapper/sea turtle/lobster/moray ells/octopus/sting ray/dolphins/numerous others but don't know names a must to finish off holiday great contrast to safari

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Reviewed 7 July 2013

Professional pick-up at our hotel and easy to book (no deposit was required). We were a group of about 14, with about six staff members, who were very friendly.

We had two snorkeling sessions, with dolphin spotting inbetween. Flippers, goggles and life jackets are provided. The water was quite choppy on both snorkeling occasions. On the first snorkel, the boat remained in the same place, with everyone snorkeling for a while in a particular direction and then back to the boat. On the second snorkel, the boat dropped us in one spot and picked us up at another, which made it just feel like we were swimming to get to the "finish line" (ie not snorkeling for the sights).

The quality of the snorkeling sights were not as good as I had hoped. I am, by no means, an expert, but the water clarity was not great and it appears that the reef is damaged in quite a few places (perhaps from boats dropping anchor? Luckily, the Pilli Pipa boat appeared to drop anchor away from the reef). So sad to see. We did see a see turtle chilling on the bottom, though (the staff who swim with you take great care in your wellbeing (ie making sure that your mask is fine etc) and sometimes even swim down to the bottom to point out interesting things).

I would recommend that we just do one long snorkeling session (especially if the water is choppy). A few people got really sea sick after the second swim, which I can imagine put a demper on things.

After the dives, we went to Wasini island for a private lunch on the owners' property. BEAUTIFUL. TASTY food. Wine / beers included. Great. What was also wonderful was the hour or so after lunch where everyone just chilled / relaxed / had a snooze with the ocean a few metres away. Great end to the day.

Pilli Pipa come highly recommended and with good reason. You won't be disappointed.

1  Thank MartinK2409
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