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Address: Diani Beach Road | Colliers Centre, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 724 442555
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Pilli Pipa is an accredited PADI Dive Resort under the name of Firefly...

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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Incredible Day Out

I was extremely impressed with this trip and my partner and I had a great day out, easily one of the highlights of our holiday. It is excellent value for money. The organisation... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was extremely impressed with this trip and my partner and I had a great day out, easily one of the highlights of our holiday. It is excellent value for money. The organisation was superb. We were picked up promptly along with others on the trip from where we were staying and driven an for an hour down to the... More 

1 Thank SJ T
Diani Beach, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Pilli Pipa Dhow is by far the best dhow safari you can go on. Their dhows are in excellent condition and the crew well trained, knowledgeable, experienced and hospitable. After a quick intro on the dhow, you can relax and enjoy the scenery and try to spot some dolphins/turtles/jelly fish/fish while you have some coffee/tea and biscuits. Snorkeling is always... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing day with Pilli Pipa. The whole crew took a great care of us. On the way to snorkeling we saw 32 dolphins! But even if you are not in boats or fish, you have to go just because of the lunch! They took you to restaurant on Wasini island when crabs are served! It was best... More 

Thank Kristýna B
Loule, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Having tried some of the other Dhow trips at Diani this is the best. Punctual pick up, knowledgeable driver, excellent qualified boat crew. Plenty of dolphins sightings & great snorkelling opportunist. All equipment on board is good quality & in excellent condition. Crew are qualified divers so plenty of opportunity to dive from the boat or snorkel knowing the crew... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

What a fabulous day out. The snorkling was also brilliant. The boat and staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Lunch on the island was also really lovely. It didn't matter if you were a pro snorkeler or a beginner, everyone is catered for.

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Munich, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

Dhow safari is quite a long day (10 hours) with only two 45 minutes snorkeling swims with the remaining time being taken up by traveling to the snorkeling spot and lunch on Wasini Island (i did not get why this island was worth visiting, quite average food, nothing special on the island, you are better off with spending this money... More 

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

Hi Mazenal. We appreciate your points but we have tried the half day trip and it really doesn't work well. We do sell a half day trip but because of the trasvelling time to get to Kisite Marine Park it means that guests get back to Shimoni at about 1.30 to 1.45p.m and then have to travel back to Diani.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

We booked this by phone ourselves,and picked up by our driver at7am.he told us about local area that we were in ,plants trees ,farming and people,he made it an interesting journey and answered any questions.On the dhow,the crew were multilingual,and very interesting,we had two snorkeling sessions,with the lads diving to point out various sea creatures such as octopus,ray,Conger,and fish,and we're... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

Completely worth it all - I had a 5 star top notch day! The drive there is a smidge long but Eddie our driver very nicely gave us info along the way which passed the time very nicely. The schlep out in the boat was choppy that morning and I was a bit nauseated even with zofran. We did see... More 

Thank Christine G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

Congratulations for the remarkable hospitality. The boat crew was extremely professional and fun. Keep up the good work!

Thank Andrew M
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

The standard snorkelling trip is a full day out with pick up from your hotel (at Diani) at around 7:30, an hour or so's drive to the vicinity of Wasini Island and then another hour on the dhow to the first snorkelling/dive site. After a few hours at 2 sites there is lunch on Wasini Island before the return journey... More 

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

Dear Steve Thank you for your comments. Our trip probably does appear to be expensive to some people but this is out of our control unfortunately. We pay US$ 20 per adult per day or US$15 per child aged 3 years and over, to Kenya Wildlife Services in Shimoni for conservation fees for a couple of hours in an area... More 

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