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rogerh
posted : May 1, 2006 Post subject: Diving in Kenya
Hi, my wife and I are newly qualified PADI Open Water Divers and we are going to be in Kenya in June/July for a Safari and then to the Diani beach area for a week. Has anyone dived there ? and are there any dive operators you would recommend. I have found 2 (SouthernCross and DivingtheCrab ) but I can't find many reviews about either. Being new any help/comments would be useful.

 
leaf_fish
posted : May 9, 2006 Post subject: Diving in Kenya
Hi, The place to dive in Kenya is Watamu Marine Park. Its a fair drive from Diani beach though, sorry to say! Cos its a marine reserve, theres no fishing and its totally unspoilt and i mean unspoilt. You will see all the tropical species there. Even snorkelling in the lagoon is unbelievable for the juvenille of the species. Turtle bay hotel is reccommended, and right on the beach. When you go back to Kenya, and you will go back, the best dive months are our winter, february is perfect, weather can be dodgy otherwise. Overfishing is a problem in other areas in kenya (the people need to eat) but the marine park is pristine and protected. One small tip if i may, outside of diving, if youve not been to kenya before take a pack or two of pencils for the kids. Poverty is shocking, and they dont get to go to school without a pencil. I hope this is of use. Have a safe dive. Im divemaster, so i dont know if ow can access the dive operators details on the padi website, but thats where i check operators details before i travel. btw, watamu is only narrowly beaten by the maldives for best sites in the world. awesome! enjoy.

 
Scuba Dave
posted : May 10, 2006 Post subject: Diving in Kenya
Hi

I have to agree with Leaf Fish completely. Watamu marine park is stunning. I only snorkelled there many years ago before getting into diving but it is still something I will never forget.

Also, treats for the children are a must. The poverty is heart wrenching.

Enjoy and safe diving.

 
Michelle
posted : May 26, 2006 Post subject: Diving in Kenya
I can't recomend a dive site where you are going as we used on on Nayli Beach called Bucanner Diving. They are a fantatsic lot and very helpful. As for the diving there for my first time in blue water it was amazing loads of different fish and coral to look at. My high lights were seeing turtles and swimming with two whale sharks. If you get to see them I hope you find it just as amazing as I did. Have fun

 
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