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“great snorkeling”
Review of Wasini Island

Ranked #98 of 329 things to do in Kenya
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“great snorkeling”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

This attraction offers many enjoyable components of tours involving marine life. One, you get to see dolphins boatside while sailing to and from the atoll you snorkel off of. Unfortunately, we were time constrained and unable to swim with them as some had told us about. Second, the snorkeling is some of the best I've conducted. The waters are clear and warm, providing excellent views of aquatic life (fish, corals, etc...). The boats you take over are handmade but actually provide a more natural/humanistic touch to the entire experience. The beaches off the atoll are covered in corals (not sharp, harmful ones) which does provide a bit of a challenge to those with weak feet/bad balance. One note, be sure to use plenty of sun screen as many within our group were badly burnt. After snorkeling, tours often continue onto Wasini island were guides are provided, taking you around the island and showing sites such as remnants of coral reefs, mangrove forests and more. Overall, this was a very good trip which I would take again. However, the only negative of the trip is that our guides were not very good, however its pretty self-explanatory once you're traveling through the day. I highly recommend visiting this national park area when visiting Kenya, it's worth it.

Visited September 2013
Thank sam c
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“Wasini Wasini”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

The amzing trip to the island is one of its kind. Who wouldn't want to see the dolphins one on one. The clear blue waters of the ocean and the adventure are an experience one should always look out for when they make atrip to the south.

Visited September 2013
Thank Joey24567
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

So far to our experience on Wasini Island.
After our wonderful game safari we decided to rest a bit in Diani Beach.So we decided for a tour on Wasini Island. The trip was so far OK. We saw the coral reef and lovely fishes. The great disapointment came up with the " Lunch". We were about 20 people on the boat. Wherever the trip had been booked hotel or from sellers at the beach (the prices may vary from 10 000 to 4 000 Ksh for a same service) the result was the same. Once ashore we were dispatched to different so called "restaurants" . The "lunch" that could even not been qualified as "mere picnic" might be accepted as such. What is not acceptable is the lack of hyginia.(had a view to the backyard of the restaurant - the guys there disliked my unforseen visit! ) Food was cooked directly on the floor on an open fire. Everything dusty and sandy. Toilets could simply not been attended from one who has a minimum of sense of hyginia. Current water not available, Electricity just available for TV watching for the locals. No fridge. A basin with stagnant water was used to wash dishes, hands, feet and so on...! And to go there you have to walk across the beach which in fact is just the scrap yard of the village. Never walk barefoot there. Platic bottles, broken glass bottles, bags, any kind of junk the local people just throw away lands there. What is proposed on the cataloges sounds idyllic but the reallity is less.To summerize: A SCAM, A SWINDLE. Skip the so called "lunch" and it will be OK.

Visited August 2013
Thank le_petit_serge53
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“Coral Spirit - Wasini Island Tour”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

We have booked a Wasini Island Tour with Coral Spirits in Ukunda/Diani Beach.
The day has started unfortunately with heavy rain in the morning and we thought the tour might be cancelled. But at 7:45 am the "private car" picked us from our home in Ukunda. The car was a 25+ year’s old Toyota with broken windows and a hell of Mosquitos inside the car (called private Limousine from Coral Spirit). We were somehow shocked, but the Driver (Kenyatta) was a nice guy and did drive proper and carefully up to Shimoni. Heavy rains were still there while we have arrived. We had to wait approx. 30 minutes for an additional group of 10 more people arriving in a Minivan. Again, we were quite sure that the tours can't be performed today in these weather conditions, as the ride is approx. 1,5 hours on the open water. Anyhow... the Captain has started the tour around 10am and has introduced the team & program. We were supposed to arrive at the Marine park after 1,5 hours (and anchor there). Unfortunately after 45 minutes the weather conditions changed dramatically with heavy winds and even stronger rains (exactly what the official weather forecast said before!!!). The waves were so high, that the boat was about to roll over a couple of times. Serious PANIC was coming up and half of the guests started vomiting. The captain has lost navigation directions in between due to rain & fog.... but the Crew was in the mood of "Hakuna Matata" and all will be fine (after dying on the sea). Only the GPS-phone of a guest was able to Show us the direction of the starting Point). After some strong words from us and other guests we could squeeze the "captain" to turn the boat (which was not easy). More guests got sea-sick and buckets to vomit & Life vests were not enough... The Crew were still forcing us to have lunch at Wasimi Island, although the weather conditions did strictly not allow it! The reason was that they have expected re-imbursement from the side of guests if we don't take lunch... very bad! THE TOUR WAS NEVER ALLOWED TO START IN THIS WEATHER CONDITIONS AND WITH THIS KIND OF LOCAL BOAT!!!
All guests did not see anything, did not have lunch and came home totally sick after 3 hours nightmare on the Indian Ocean. All of us wanted to get Money back or a complimentary tour on
another day - but we don't know how it went with the others. OUR Agent "Coral Spirit" - Mrs. Lilly Angel, insisted that it was not her fault and she won't take any responsibility, neither give any Money back. From our point of view it is a fraud, careless, mean and selfish. The weather conditions did not allow at all to start that tour in the morning and we have been in extremely dangerous condition. But on the end Coral Spirits does not feel responsible and just think about making Money and Play with guest’s life! It would have been easy to replace the tour with a similar package on another day and make guests happy. WATCH OUT!!!! Don't book that Wasimi Tour with Coral Spirits / Ukunda. They are gangsters. Tom / Germany

Visited April 2013
6 Thank Tom K
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Boat trip lovely,with stunning views.Snorkling amazing.
Lunch on Wasini Island was lovely again with stunning views

Visited April 2013
Thank CLAIREPAULDerbyshire
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