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.
Experience the beauty of nature and immerse yourself in the rich maritime heritage of the East African coast with the extraordinary Pilli Pipa Dhow tour at Mombasa Beach. This memorable journey takes you back in time as you explore the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean.
During the tour, you will have the chance to spot various bird species such as the sand piper, African fish eagle, Yellow-billed stock, open-billed stock, kingfishers, and the little and large egret, among others. Whether you choose to bask in the sun on the dhow’s deck, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, or immerse yourself in the local culture, the Pilli Pipa Dhow tour at Mombasa Beach guarantees an unforgettable adventure that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a touch of history.
The magic of the experience extends beyond the ocean’s natural beauty. The local crew members, who are experts in the area, share captivating stories and insights about the region’s history, culture, and the dhow itself. Their knowledge and passion enrich the journey, providing a deeper appreciation for the East African coast’s maritime heritage.
The Pilli Pipa Dhow tour at Mombasa Beach offers a truly magical and memorable experience that allows visitors to connect with nature, explore the local culture, and learn about the fascinating history of the East African coast. It is an adventure that leaves visitors with cherished memories and a profound admiration for this captivating destination.
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.
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