pilli pipa dhow safari
Pilli Pipa is an accredited PADI Dive Resort under the name of Firefly...
Wildlife on the reef was spectacular. Staff was smiling and helpful. Really good lunch by a beautiful pool. The day was perfect.
SCUBA equipment clean, functional and appeared to be well maintained. Dhow ride out to the Marine reserve where some went diving, the rest snorkeling. Great morning on the water, then back to land for an amazing fresh seafood lunch.
My fiancé and I went on a dhow safari with Pilli Pipa to celebrate our anniversary and coming baby...we couldn't have made better choice!Our designated driver Benson picked us up on time. His lovely company and professional guidance made the 45 minutes drive even more pleasant.The crew on board of the dhow welcomed us with a big smile, coffee and biscuits. The dhow trip is pure heaven: crystal clear water, swims with hundreds of multi colored fishes and sea turtles, tens and tens of dolphins swimming around our dhow (we counted around 40 in total). To complete an already perfect day, on the way back we stopped at their little restaurant on the island, welcome by the adorable Yatin...after our eyes and ears, it was time for our mouths' paradise! The lunch in fact was just Devine: from seafood soup to crab to and alternative for who doesn't eat fish, they have it all!We will definitely go back again and again!
Wading into the boat, watching many people board the dhow was very interesting. There were those who were more afraid of water than I but we all had lots of fun. Refreshments came in handy as the sun was really hot. After snorkeling we had lunch at the Island, lots of crabs and Swahili dishes. The coconut sauce was scrumptious. As we enjoyed the trip back those in charge of the dhow sung sweet songs in many languages and this made us very happy.
This day is so worth it! Set out on a boat trip and with some luck wild dolphins will come up to the boat and swim along side. Get yur snorkeling gear on and start swimming. Most beautiful coral reef in crystal clear water, see little rays digging in and if you dive down to them they will shoot off. Beautiful tropical fish, the water is very comfortable temperature. There will always be several guides, my and my mum are excellent swimmers so we were ahead of the group with our guide. We were extremely tired at the end of the afternoon but never seen anything like it in my life! Get back on the boat and off you go to an island with it seems just a restaurant.. You'll get great food and the entire day you're well looked after.
This is a worthwhile trip doing whether with friends or family or even alone (as you get to meet other people on board). The service is wonderful, the guides are super friendly and supportive. A member of our group was not a strong swimmer and there was someone there to help her along the whole way so that she felt confident enough to go snorkelling too. Equipment is great, the lunch served to you afterwards is absolutely delicious with crab, fish and all sorts of Swahilli delights - all around a wonderful experience. The only thing I would say is that if you are a seasoned diver/ snorkeler don't get too excited about the reef (although it's still worth doing). Another tip is that the ocean is extremely choppy so if you get sea sick watch out (although again, the staff are very supportive on this issue and kind!). Seeing the dolphins was super exciting! Would recommend this trip for sure!
The day starts with a great snorkeling session on a reef full of colored fishes!On our way back to the restaurant a bunch of Dolphins were swimming around the boat! Just amazing! And last but not least a FABULOUS lunch under Baobabs'shade with a special recipe of fresh crab! So tasty! We can't forget to mention that the service and the kindness of our hosts were just awesome! We highly recommend this destination! Don't be afraid! Kenya or at least this part of the country is absolutely safe! Don't miss! Fabulous beaches, smily people, excellent food, Acunamatata
Thanks Steve, we are so glad you had a memorable day. So sorry about the Mombasa traffic and I know it was really hot. May we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year! Valerie
Thanks, it's good to know that we are appreciated. We are so glad you had a good experience .We have had brilliant weather lately and so many happy clients, quite a few swimming with dolphins, but unfortunately none of them wrote to Trip Advisor to say so! Not many people in the park these days so there is more chance of seeing dolphins and turtles.
Thank you Elizabeth, I am so glad you enjoyed the day. That's what we strive for, a client who goes home with good memories of Kenya. Selina & Harm Lutjeboer