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Address: Watamu 80202, Kenya
Phone Number:
+254 42 2332420
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07:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Aqua Ventures is an owner operated company established in Watamu in January...

Aqua Ventures is an owner operated company established in Watamu in January 1990.

Steve and Helen Curtis, the proud owners of the company, have successfully managed Aqua Ventures and moulded it into what is considered one of Kenya's leading dive centres.

Steve an ex-military diver from Zimbabwe has been diving in Kenya since 1982.

Helen, Kenyan by birth, has been diving since 1989.

Watamu, being the first established Marine Park and reserve in Kenya, with its superior underwater topography and uncluttered beaches made it the natural location for Steve and Helen to start their business.

From humble beginnings at the Ocean Sports Resort, Aqua Ventures operates three diving boats and has a well equipped diving centre with 3 compressors and over 50 sets of well maintained diving equipment.

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Professional, great English, affable team

I am only an OWD, so my testimony is only worth so much; but I can't come up with anything wrong with this place. The staff speak english very well, and are very affable. I was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 February 2017
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

I am only an OWD, so my testimony is only worth so much; but I can't come up with anything wrong with this place. The staff speak english very well, and are very affable. I was there with who non-diver friend who got their own instructor and theory corse + pool test prior to the diving day. I booked on... More 

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Thank bardsorheim
Helen C, Owner at Aqua Ventures, responded to this review

Hi Bard, Thanks so much for your review and kind words. We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us and saw some nice stuff! More 

New York City, New York
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64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We got rave reviews from a lot of divers about Aqua Ventures. I'm happy to say, the dive shop exceeded our high expectations. Aqua Ventures is well managed, organized, and runs a fantastic operation. We had our own gear, but we saw their rental gear and it was top notch. They even had DIN adapters for us. If you have... More 

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Helen C, Owner at Aqua Ventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great comments! I'm pretty sure I know who MrsJeff is (!!!) and it was great to meet you guys and look forward to diving with you again soooooon!!! More 

Helsinki, Finland
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Steve is the most reliable dive coach out there, briefing was super clear and all who dived with him felt super safe. Our guide Dominic was great showing up different things. We dived this year spring time, just before the season ended with some last awesome dives in Watamu.

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Helen C, Owner at Aqua Ventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your time with us at Aqua Ventures. We're pleased that you enjoyed yourselves! More 

London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I spent the morning diving with Aqua Ventures and it was an awesome experience. The team were very friendly. Steve and his group of dive masters were safe, enthusiastic and great company. The dive itself was beautiful. Watamu marine reserve had plenty to offer. I saw plenty of fish, often in large schools, a handful of sting rays, starfish, octopus... More 

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Helen C, Owner at Aqua Ventures, responded to this review

Thank you, George for your kind review. We're glad you enjoyed yourself and the beautiful Watamu Reef! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

My only regret is that I had gone to a different dive operator before finding Aqua Ventures and Steve. From scheduling the dive, to the pool check to the briefing, the dive and logging the dive, Steve and his team were genuinely friendly and demonstrated the kind of attention to safety you hope your dive outfit will show. You feel... More 

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Helen C, Owner at Aqua Ventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words and we're so glad you enjoyed your dives with us! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

My first time diving. Steve was experienced and patient making sure I understood the basics. I can highly recommend this diving center

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Helen C, Owner at Aqua Ventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and we hope you continue with your diving the next chance you have! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

When I first came to Aqua Ventures, I hadn’t dived for years and was nervous about jumping back in with some friends visiting Kenya. Helen led me through a thorough refresher in the pool, and Steve was my buddy on the dive. Both were so calm, patient, and helpful that I felt completely at ease and fell in love with... More 

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Helen C, Owner at Aqua Ventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review, Julie. We were happy to re introduce you to diving and hope you have an awesome trip in Samoa practicing your skills!!. Can't wait to hear about it! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

Everything about Aqua Ventures is right. It was my second time with them. This trip was to do my advanced PADI. The team - from the dive masters to the boat crew - are all friendly and professional. The equipment is well maintained & clean. Helen & Steve, the owners, pay utmost care to every diver and plan the trip... More 

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Vasteras, Sweden
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

If you letting your 10-year-old son go down under water to 12 meters’ depth only the very best diving instructors is good enough. I dived in January this year with my sister. I haven’t dived in 15 years and had no intention to start again. But my sister convinced me to at least go and do a refresher in the... More 

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Helen C, Owner at Aqua Ventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your very nice and positive review - it was a pleasure to dive with you and the boys. Jack did so well and Fabian too. More 

Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Steve and Helen were exellent teachers and guides. As first time divers of varying ages we felt we were in experienced, professional, and patient hands. We would highly recommend aqua ventures.

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Helen C, Owner at Aqua Ventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Tessa, it was great to meet you all and to introduce you to the underwater world! More 

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