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Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari

Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari is ideal safari for guests having a short Beach holiday Diani beach or Mombasa Beach.

You will be picked from your Beach hotel. For this Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari which gives you an opportunity to spot spotting dolphins are very high.

You will equally spot different species of birds like the sand piper, African fish eagle, Yellow billed stock, open billed stock, the king fishers, the little and large egret and numerous aves.


Pick up at approximately 0710hrs from Diani or Mombasa beach hotel (depending with your beach Hotel) then drive to Shimoni which will take about 1 hour 15 minutes passing through villages, where you can see snapshots of the real Kenya; Coconut plantation, Mango trees, Cashew Nut plantations, mangroves and Sugarcane plantations. On arrival, you will be met by Pilli pipa Team at the harbor wearing their signature uniform with Pili pipa written and with dhow and coral pictures
9.00 am – You will board the Pilli Pipa Dhow where you will be introduced to the staff as you cruise to the marine park Snacks and refreshments will be served on the spacious Pilli pipa dhow. The cruise will take approximately 1hr 30 minutes, as you cruise the chances of spotting dolphins are very high. You will equally spot different species of birds like the sandpiper, African fish eagle, Yellow-billed stork, open billed stock, the kingfishers, the little and large egret and numerous caves.

Kisite Marine Park

10.30 am – We arrive in Kisite Marine Park. The 28km2 Marine park was established to specifically protect the endemic Marine life. It is not allowed to fish nor cruise at the Marine park making the unique colored alive corals prosper.

Here is where you will snorkel for around 2 hours at 2 different Marine spots. While snorkeling you have a high chance of seeing a different type of fishes from the known 250 recorded species including the dolphin and turtles, the 56 types of conserved corals make it ideal for the existence of the fish species. When tide permits there is the option to spend some time on the white sandy bank which is only visible during low tide or you can just relax in the sun on the Dhow.

Wasini island

12.30 pm – It is now time to cruise slowly to Wasini island, If weather permits, the machine will be switched off and have an experience of quietly sailing to the restaurant- The Sailing Dhows were used many centuries ago by the Arabs during the slave trade.
13.30 – Arrive at the Pili Pipa restaurant, with its breathtaking views of the Wasini Channel, for a lunch of Swahili Seafood dishes or alternative options of chicken or vegetarian meals. After lunch relax at the restaurant before embarking cruising back to the mainland at Shimoni. (optional Shimoni slave caves visit USD 4 per person)
16.00 – Leave Shimoni for the return trip to the beach Hotel


  • Lunch
  • Snorkeling gear,
  • Soda, Beer and White wine
  • transfer as per the program
  • Marine park fees


  • Diving (USD 50 for single fun dive or USD 70 for certified double dive or USD 40 for Certified single dive)
  • Tips
Date Persons Tour Price P/P
1 July 2021- 31 March 2022 2 Pilli Pipa Dhow USD 135
1 July 2021- 31 March 2022 4 Pilli Pipa Dhow USD 125
1 July 2021- 31 March 2022 6 Pilli Pipa Dhow USD 115
  • For Divers Certified divers you can Dive at an extra cost of USD 40 single Dive or USD70 for Double dive.
  • For Fun divers (not Certified) can dive at an Extra cost of USD 50 single dive with an extra not more than 12metres

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