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Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari

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About Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari
PLENTY OF AVAILABILITY every day. Pilli Pipa has being running dhow safaris since 1989. It is a small family owned company run by Selina and Harm Lutjeboer. Safe, personal and professional service to guests. Guests taken into the pristine and preserved Kisite Marine National Park, aboard our traditional Arab sailing dhows, have the chance to interact and observe in small group sizes about 250 recorded fish species, 200 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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Select this full-day cruise aboard a traditional dhow sailboat and enjoy two snorkel stops on the beautiful coral reef at Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park. Be on the lookout for dolphins and turtles as you cruise through the marine park. The day includes a light breakfast, a Swahili-style seafood lunch, and free-flowing drinks on scenic Wasini Island.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After Safari, you don't expect to have another wildlife experience that's going to top it on the same trip - we were so wrong. This was probably one of the highlights, if not the highlight, of our whole trip to Kenya. We were lucky enough...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank krisshampton
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked this trip through our hotel and were initially a bit skeptical that it cost around $130 ($65 for 11 and under) a person... However, after doing the trip I can see where all your money goes. It is an awesome day out and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank nattysilv
Valerie P, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Fantastic! So glad you had a memorable day, that's what we aim for. Our advice to visitors is that you may not come to Kenya again so make the most of it while you are here even if it's slightly over your budget at the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on this trip last week and highly recommend it. The boat, a traditional dhow, was comfortable and spacious, staff were very friendly and attentive with snacks and drinks on the boat. Dolphins swam right alongside the boat for a while. Snorkelling equipment was...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Braybug15
Valerie P, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Braybu for the kind words. Good advise about sunscreen and shoes too. It's true about getting red unexpectedly. Although we do have shade on the dhow and if not directly under the shade you can of course cover yourself with a kikoy or towel,...More

Reviewed August 13, 2019 via mobile

If it is solely based of the company, I'd rate 6 stars out of 5! Friendly, knowledgable staff who near the reef well, good boat & equipment. A great restaurant for a seafood lunch. A proper tour company. We saw dolphins on the way to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank BigTDog
Valerie P, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you BigTDog, what an interesting name! Sorry about the fact that you feel you didn't see much. I am told that the coral at our place has always been more or less that colour for the last 30 years, we never had brilliantly coloured...More

Reviewed July 31, 2019 via mobile

We are so happy that we found this trip. We had the luck to see both dolphins and turtles. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The boat is fantastic. The food was the best we have had in Kenya. So don’t hesitate to book,...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank catarinaw752
Valerie P, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2019

So glad you enjoyed Pilli Pipa. Thanks for the lovely comments, much appreciated. Selina

Reviewed July 21, 2019

We started off in the rain, but quickly the sun took over for a perfect setting : all the beautiful colors of the sea itself and splendid views right under the waves. To top it off, we saw a group of dolphins on our way...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Valerie P, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2019

Thank you so much, we appreciate the praise. It is always satisfying for us to hear good feedback.

Reviewed July 10, 2019

My son and I have snorkeled at many places, including the Great Barrier Reef, and this trip exceeded our expectations by far. The captain and crew were extremely professional and knowledgeable. It was amazing to see such healthy reefs and an abundant sea life. We...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed July 3, 2019 via mobile

You should only pay 4,500 per person and that includes pick up at your place, drive to the park, boat, park fees and seafood lunch. It takes about 3 hours totalMore

1  Thank JohnFoster68
Valerie P, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2019

Well, that is definitely not the Pilli Pipa Trip to the Kisite Mpunguti marine park, first of all it is physically impossible to do our trip in three hours. I suggest to this writer that he writes on the page of the trip he has...More

Reviewed May 28, 2019

Great day out. The dhow was lovely, clean and safe, the staff were professional, friendly and knowledgeable. My husband was a little nervous at first and the gently encouraged him and he had a great day. We saw loads of colourful fish as well as...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Oulook
Valerie P, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2019

So good to hear that you had a great time. Thank you for the comments.

Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

Best easter holiday experience @ kisite mpunguti marine park and wasini island. Snorkelling experience is just out of this world one gets to view the rich marine life underneath.The highlight of the day was getting to see the dolphins very close! Wow! Wow!This is a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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The boat ride isn’t particularly rough. Generally the sea is calm. Depends on weather. And yes you can book it 2 or 3 days in advance. I would highly recommend it - it is definitely an experience of a lifetime.
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I e-mailed them before I traveled then met them at their offices. couldn't have gone easier. Hope you have a great time - we did!
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