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Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari

#2 of 39 things to do in Diani Beach Features Animals
Diani Beach Road | Colliers Centre, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
+254 724 442555
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Fantastic day out

Cool day from start to finish - great service from the moment we stepped onto the dhow, where... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2017
edxhill
Great day

We had a great day on the boat, we loved the snorkelling and saw loads of large turtles, colourful... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2017
Emily T
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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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Diani Beach Road | Colliers Centre, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

Cool day from start to finish - great service from the moment we stepped onto the dhow, where complimentary refreshments were provided all day. A pod of dolphins swam around the boat for a while as we headed out to the snorkelling site (Scuba is...More

Thank edxhill
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

We had a great day on the boat, we loved the snorkelling and saw loads of large turtles, colourful fish and stingrays! The staff on the boat were very friendly and informative about the wildlife and provided us with plenty of nice drinks and snacks....More

Thank Emily T
Reviewed 5 May 2017

I will forever savour the moment of seeing the corals,got to see the dolphins and ocean is amazing. The fear of the ocean is now gone, the guides were professional and did make some good jokes while on board the dhow. Lunch was great loved...More

Thank Edna O
Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2017

I am so pleased Edna that you had a good learning experience and enjoyable day. That is our aim and we are delighted to know that you may be back some time.

Reviewed 29 April 2017

It's an amazing experience...... I was a bit skeptical about the experience, but I was wrong. We were collected from our hotel in South Coast Diani at 7.15 am and were driven for one and a half hour to Shimoni, where we were well received...More

1  Thank Jas71_13
Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

That's fantastic, having a good experience as first time snorkellers is important. If you don't get the right guidance from the beginning one could be put off trying again. So glad that you enjoyed the day and got something out of it.

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We were sold this trip by Virgin holidays, but when the car picked us up at 6 in the morning and said it's a 2.5hr trip to the boat I nearly turned around and went back to bed! 5hr return journey in a car on...More

4  Thank Iandavis13
Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

So glad you had a great time. You obviously have a sense of fun and adventure. I often find it irritating when people complain about the long ride from Mombasa or Diani. I have been living here for years but I still find the journey...More

Reviewed 10 April 2017

My friend and I took a day trip with Pilli Pipa and we had a blast. Our driver was on time and really friendly and informative. The boat trip was well ran and organized. I decided to scuba dive, i went with the dive master...More

Thank Joe S
Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Great stuff. So glad Ben was helpful and you enjoyed. We all strive to show guests the best of Kisite Marine Park.

Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Equipment could be newer and less worn; the seafood lunch could contain some fish, octopus and shrimps not only crabs (I think for $135/pp we could expect that!), the transportation from Diani hotels is in a worn and old minibus without an AC (and it's...More

1  Thank Petr B
Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

On March 30th I wrote a response to your review, giving our email address and asking if you could let us know who you booked with as it doesn't sound as though you came to Kisite with Pilli Pipa Dhow. Your description of a boat...More

Reviewed 24 March 2017

Saw a large amounts of turtles and a couple of pods of dolphins, also had the option of Scuba Diving and snorkelling.

Thank StefaniaAndrew
Valerie S, Owner at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

We are so glad you had a memorable day, it makes our job worthwhile. Pilli Pipa Crew. All good for Kenya's image.

Reviewed 23 March 2017

A very professionally run outfit who have two quite large dhows (with engines!). They offer both divers and snorkelers two sessions one of 1 hour and the other 45 minutes duration followed by a nice lunch (included) on an island (Wasini). They even cater for...More

1  Thank George B
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I booked a snorkling tour with Pilli Pipa and it was fantastic. I was picked up from Diani and was driven to Shimoni (drive took 1,5h). We got on the boat and then we set off to the reefs close to Wasini island. We had...More

1  Thank Mina A
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martismith
Hi, do you pick up from Diani Sea Lodge on Diani beach? And how would I book a trip? I'll be arriving in 2 weeks. Thanks.
29 May 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
was just wondering how much Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari?
23 May 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
Does the safari company sell underwater cameras? Are they available for purchase on the boat?
11 April 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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