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“Wonderful & terrible” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Wasini Island

Wasini Island
Kenya
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Ranked #61 of 205 attractions in Kenya
Type: Islands
Activities: Snorkeling
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Beijing, China
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“Wonderful & terrible”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2011

If I could rate individually I would say 0 of 5 for the fact that it's a trap for tourists and you are charge like pigeons. But if you consider the beauty of the site I would give 4 of of 5 as you will have an excellent snorkeling time.
We have been cheated from the beginning starting make us waiting for 1 hour in an Ukunda restaurant where of course you have to order something even you had your breakfast before. Then arrive at Shimoni you will transfer to a boat for the marine park. Until that it's ok. But arrive your lunch time, a non fresh crab with head off small fish deep-fried and you will be charge for the beverage but it was supposed to be inclusive. The tour of the island was cancelled due to the reason that at the orphanage they might ask for money, so the guide would say, we going back early. Shimoni cave never happened and at 3.30 pm we were all already back to our hotel ! The overall for a 90$ per person. You feel like stolen but at least had a few good photos for remember what is the best in this bad day.
Be careful

Visited April 2010
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“coral Spirit - day tour with lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2010

We took a day tour of Wasini Island with the excellent people from Coral Spirit.
The Coral Spirit (http://www.coralspirit.com) guides picked us up from the hotel (we stayed in Diani) and off we went (the ride is about 45 min) through some beautiful countryside to a wooden dhow that was very nice. The whole trip was well organized. We were given all the things we needed like life jackets and complete sets of snorkeling gear. We had personal guide to give us our own snorkeling tour through the beautiful Kisite Marine Park. There we saw lots of exotic fish and other marine wildlife up close. It was spectacular. Even though it was my first time snorkeling , I felt relaxed and at ease with our guide helping me out. We even noticed a large group of dolphins swimming about 50 feet away from us. It was so exciting. We rounded off the day with a delicious lunch in the Coral Spirit restaurant on Wasini Island- a whole crab – a fish dish with a ginger and coconut sauce topped off this great day. We will return to this relaxing small piece of paradise!

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“Wasini Island & Charlie Claws - Fantastic!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2010

What an amazing experience!

This organised tour (through Charlie Claws) was filled with every bit of fun and excitement we could have possibly hoped for... a dhow boat trip on the beautiful ocean, dolphin spotting, scuba diving, snorkelling, fantastic fresh crab, wonderful staff, local village tour and so much more.

It might be worth mentioning that the beach boys do sell trips to the Island but they don't have insurance or half as much to offer as the organised tour above... We heard a story of the a van picking up a tour and stopping for an hour or so to get their tyres changed! I much preferred spending a little extra money and getting the best experience possible.

I couldn't fault the experience my husband and I had during our visit and will be returning to Shimoni & Wasini Island and to its wonderful people as soon as possible!

Five stars all the way!

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“Best diving on the East Coast of Kenya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2010

Wonderful place! Don't use the hotel tour companies or the guys on the beach to organise diving or snorkelling trips to Wasini. Charlie's Claw (at the
Diani shopping centre) does great snorkeling and diving trips to the marine
park at Wasini Island at a fraction of the price charged by the tour
companies at the hotel. You'll see much more there than along Diani Beach
where the reef has been terribly over fished.

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