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Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari

Address: Diani Beach Road | Colliers Centre, Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 40 3203559
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Ranked #2 of 26 Activities in Diani Beach
Type: Reefs, Adventure
Owner description: Pilli Pipa is an accredited PADI Dive Resort under the name of Firefly Ocean Camp, registration...
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Type: Reefs, Adventure
Hours:
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: Pilli Pipa is an accredited PADI Dive Resort under the name of Firefly Ocean Camp, registration number s22994. We have up to date diving equipment which is replaced regularly. We have excellent dive gear imported and replaced regularly. Contrary to what one reviewer, Roadsmoretravelled, November/December 2013, has falsely put on a review. He did not come on our dhow but was probably told by the Shimoni hotel he stayed at that he was going with Pilli Pipa. We do not dive in 1 or 2 metres of water and we do not have shocking equipment. If you want a wonderful diving experience with professionals, book with Harm Lutjeboer, Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, PADI and Naui registered, dive base, Firefly Ocean Camp in Shimoni. Not based at Shimoni Reef Lodge. We also take snorkellers to the Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park for an exciting adventure followed by lunch at Pilli Pipa on Wasini Island.
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OXFORD UK
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Although the Mombasa traffic meant a long journey in both directions I would not have missed this day for anything. The new Dhow Almassi was superb and the crew were really welcoming and helpful even taking my mask to clean it before letting me use it. The snorkeling was superb, very well managed for all levels, and the divers seemed... More 

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Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this review

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 More 

Dar es Salaam
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

There are several operators who offer similar trips to the beautiful Kisite Marine Park, but in my opinion Pilipipa is the best. Apart from the personalized service and the delicious food served in a dedicated restaurant on Wasini island, the operators also make sure that all equipment is is great shape and thus ensure the safety of the guests. Beware... More 

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Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this review

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... More 

Cape Town
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I had one day off work before heading home and decided to do something a bit more active than lying in the beach all day (although that would have bee on great too!) Was picked up on time, had a really nice driver who was informative and friendly. Arrived at the dock and was greeted by a friendly team. Two... More 

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Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this review

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 More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

For years we have visited the pilli pipa dhow, we make it a point to at least go once a year. The people, the service the food and not forgetting the main part, the snorkelling never ceases to amaze us. Both Harm and Selina, the owners are extremely professional and accomodating in every way. We will continue to recommend this... More 

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Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this review

Thanks Steph, we are always delighted to hear that somebody has enjoyed the day with us and keeps coming back. it's people like you who give us the encouragement to try harder. Selina and Harm More 

Minneapolis
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

We had a lovely day on the Dhow Safari. Like others here, we thought that this was fairly expensive but it was worth the cost. The ride through the villages was fun, the crew and captain were meticulous in the details they provided about our plans for the day, the snorkeling was truly amazing. On the second dive, we were... More 

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Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your day with us Jodi, we do strive hard to please. It would be good if you could tell friends and compatriots that Kenya is safe, after all we live here in this beautiful country. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A friend and I did the Fun Dive which is designed for people who have never scuba dived before. We spent an hour on the Dhow going to the first site. The seas were fairly rough and many of us felt sea sick by the end, but once we stopped I felt better quickly. The snorkeling was fun and there... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

An excellent day on board, the crew were brilliant & very helpful, I've never done snorkelling before (too Scared) but I really didn't want to miss out, the crew took there time & helped me, I was so glad I did it what an experience. The food at the restaurant was lovely as were the staff, Would definitely go again,... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Incredible snorkelling experience: got to swim with a turtle, saw lion fish, stingrays, octopuses and lots of other beautiful fish- absolutely amazing, great guides. The Charlie claws restaurant was great too - fresh delicious seafood. Would definitely go again.

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Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this review

Hi, Liz. I'm not too sure if you came on Pilli Pipa, I can't tell from the name Liz. Well from your decription of the marine park experience, it sounds like you did but we have our own dining area in the garden of our private house on Wasini Island. We do not take guests to Charlie Ckaw's restaurant, which... More 

Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We took our 11 year old boys on this trip, all first timers to snorkelling with Pilla Pipa. It was a perfect experience, everything worked like clockwork, the crew were amazing, understood our every need, looked after every detail. Lunch was an experience with a warm welcome, delicious servings and a breathtaking setting. Highly recommend this experience, great value for... More 

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

This was a unique experience, not likely to be forgotten! Captain Hassan and his crew on the Monsoon were outstanding, and really friendly. They were prepared for all types of travellers and were ready to deal out sympathy for those of us not lucky enough to have sea legs. Luckily in this instance it didn't include me....The guide I had... More 

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