Welcome Wasini Dhow Safaris
The Kenyan owned and run Wasini Diani Tours, provide sea safaris in Kenya’s most beautiful Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Park, offering snorkeling and diving adventures from our traditional wooden dhow. More often than not we spot some of our resident dolphins and sometimes they will come to swim with us. The Wasini Diani Tour includes a delicious lunch on Wasini Island and refreshments on the dhow and transport to and from your resident hotel/cottage or villas.
We have a dive base at Diani beach where we offer various diving courses registered through Scuba Schools International (SSI).
The business has been in operation since the year 2009 headed by our SSI Accredited Diving instructor Mr. Yusuf Mwasame who has over 21 years sea safaris working with a team of dedicated sea operators. We strive to run our business with the highest safety levels and integrity and unmatched courtesy.
Dining at wasini restaurant
The exciting day safari full of welcome adventures will take you to Kenya’s Kisite Marine Park, located near the border with Tanzania. It lies south of the ancient port of Shimoni and Wasini Island at the edge the Pemba Channel.
7.00 – 7.40am – Our day starts with your transport pick up from your hotel, cottage or house, then drive to Shimoni (From Diani) will take about 1 hour passing through villages where you can see snapshots of the real Kenya, with coconut, mango and cashew-nut plantations and mangroves along the way. On arrival in Shimoni you will have the option of visiting the Slave Cave and seeing the restored building that was the first base in East Africa of the colonial era whilst our staff collects your Marine Park permits.
9.10am – We board our dhow where will introduce you to our staff and brief you on your trip to the Marine Park whilst taking refreshments and searching for Dolphins.
10.30am – We arrive in Kisite where we will spend about 2 hours in the park searching for dolphins and snorkeling or diving to explore the reefs and the wonderful marine life that can be found there. If the tide is low there is the option of spending some time on the white sand bank that is exposed at low tide or you can just relax in the sun or shade on the dhow.
12.30pm – We start to make our way out of the Marine Park to Wasini Island for lunch, using the sails if the wind is right- a magnificent way to experience the traditions of the Swahili people and admire the peace and beauty of the ocean.
13.30/ 1.30pm – Arrive at the restaurant, with its breathtaking views of the Wasini Channel, for a lunch of Swahili dishes. After lunch we visit the amazing Coral Garden and mangrove boardwalk before we return to Shimoni
16.00/ 4pm – Leave Shimoni for the return trip to your holiday home or hotel, about 1 – 1½ hours.
Although we hope this is not a final goodbye from us as we hope to see you again for another day of marine fun in the sun.
You should bring: Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, beach shoes for the water, extra money for drinks at lunch, swimsuit, camera, some medication if you get seasick .When we visit the villages you should know that they are Muslim societies, so to respect the communities we would request that ladies bring something to cover their shoulders and legs and men should cover their knees and upper bodies whilst walking in the villages.
Water, sodas, lunch, snorkeling and diving equipment, fun, entertainment, experienced crew, transport and, of course, the dhow cruise with a full range of safety equipment.