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Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari

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Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
+254 724 442555
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Pili pipa

Waist of day and money!!!! To get there nearly 2 hours drive , restaurant and staff was nice but... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
kirsti263
via mobile
Brilliant excursion

We did this full day excursion as part of our honeymoon and it was a definite highlight of our... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
JCN49
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Pilli Pipa has being running dhow safaris since 1989. It is a small family owned company run by Selina and Harm Lutjeboer. Limited numbers and a safe, personal and professional service to its guests. Taking our guests into the pristine and preserved Kisite Marine National Park, aboard our traditional Arab sailing dhows, guests have the chance to interact and observe in small group sizes about 250 recorded fish species, 70 resident dolphins and over 140 catalogued individuals sea turtles. Snorkel with qualified marine guides who will teach and guide you along the reef whether you are a complete beginner or experienced snorkeler. Alternatively we offer world class scuba diving in and around the famous Kisite Marine Park, with PADI and NAUI accredited dive masters and instructors. Diving ranges from introductory "fun dives" in the shallows of the marine park, all the way to advanced drift dives in a number of secret and exclusive with the opportunity to dive with pelagic species.
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Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Waist of day and money!!!! To get there nearly 2 hours drive , restaurant and staff was nice but not for 130 £ per person. Really disappointed.More

1  Thank kirsti263
Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Kirsti. I am shocked to hear that you allegedly paid Stg £ 130 per person to go on a boat trip to Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park. This looks very bad on our Trip advisor page. Who sold this to you? We definitely do not...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did this full day excursion as part of our honeymoon and it was a definite highlight of our trip! Very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable staff, a lucky sighting of humpback whales, snorkelling over the reef and an incredible experience swimming with wild dolphins! Followed...More

Thank JCN49
Reviewed August 10, 2017

Had a really great trip, the staff were really engaging and friendly. We were given coffee and biscuits in the morning before the snorkelling tour, then after snorkelling we ate at the Pilli Pipa restaurant on Wasini Island which was exceptionally good! The food consisted...More

Thank lydiakat2017
Reviewed July 30, 2017 via mobile

On our visit to Diani, our adventurous host suggested Pilli Pipa. She must have caught me in a moment of weakness, enduced by copious amounts of rosé. We booked and paid for the tour, which included 9 children ranging in age from 3 to 9...More

Thank Madame_Trey
Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2017

Thank you Madam, we are so glad the children had a good experience for their first time snorkelling, very important for them to gain confidence. Educational too, shame that you missed four humpback whales seen today.

Reviewed July 28, 2017

Everything was taken care of on the day. Our driver was careful and drove at an appropraite spead which was important bearing in mind the stae of the road. The day was well organised and everything ran smoothly and when challenges arose they were overcome....More

Thank matthewandpaula
Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2017

Thank you Matthew and Paula for giving some good advice. It's true June and July are not the best months for a dhow trip. The best months are usually mid September, October and November up to mid December and these are the times when we...More

Reviewed July 26, 2017

The drive to Wasini is awesome especially with no pollution , the cool winds and the topography . The dhow is not luxurious but an amazing experience with well mannered guides and life guards . The snorkelling and the whole vibe with the crystal clear...More

Thank Andy-Ted
Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2017

Well, thank you Andy-Ted. We just had two mediocre reviews after a brilliant run of nice reviews and were disappointed to hear somebody describing the bus ride as excrutiatingly painful and being starved on the dhow. For us the main roads are now in pretty...More

Reviewed July 25, 2017 via mobile

The minibus that picked us up was an old minivan so the suspensions of the car were shocking 😂😂😂😂making the ride to an from excruciating and uncomfortable. It would be worth asking questions about you transportation before hand. The trip itself was also abit scary...More

Thank Sonia A
Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful day on the boat and amazing snorkeling spots. We have seen dolphins, tortles, lobsters, seas concomber and a lot of different fishes (ray, octopus, murena, Lion, black, clown, balloon,...) And after this, we were in a such beautiful place to eat seafood - the...More

Thank Xxavier02810
Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2017

Hi Xavier, it really makes our day when we hear that people had a great time and it's good to hear that you saw a lot of different marine life. Thank you for coming. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Reviewed July 11, 2017

Great for first time snorkelling experience but disappointing for seasoned water sports enthusiasts. The crew they their best though.More

Thank Heike O
Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2017

Hi Heike. I was disappointed that you did not enjoy your snorkelling trip more. We are definitely not just for beginners, many experienced snorkellers and divers come to us again and again. On the day you came there were dolphins around and I was told...More

Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

Water was choppy when we went so that put a damper on the experience until we got to the island. The dhow ride was a little uncomfortable for some and marine life a little limited. But overall a great experience. Staff could not have been...More

Thank Linda S
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martismith
May 29, 2017|
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Response from Valerie S | Property representative |
We do pick up from Diani Sea Lodge at about 7.15 a.m and you would get back at about 6p.m You can book a trip by email. We are not allowed to put our email address here so maybe you could give me your email address or look... More
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Wanjiru M
May 23, 2017|
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Response from Valerie S | Property representative |
K.Shs 7,300/- per adult if you bring your Kenya ID or Rwandan/Ugandan citizens ID, or a foreigner certificate. Half price for children between the ages of 3 years and 12. Free for 2 years and under. Includes an excellent... More
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BilaShaka70
April 11, 2017|
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Response from Valerie S | Property representative |
No, unfortunately we do not sell underwater cameras but you can bring your own or try and get a disposable one from a supermarket.
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