Day 1: Beach Hotel - Wasini Marine Park
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
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. 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.
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.
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.
Time permitting visit the Shimoni caves where slaves were “stored” during the old slave trading days before shipment to the Zanzibar slave market. Bid “Kwaheri” to the village folk and return to your beach resorts of Diani, Mombasa, and Bamburi.