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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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Great Dive Operator. Professional, Safe, Friendly and Fun.

Recommended diving operator for sure. My experience: I did four fun dives over the course of two days with Steve, Safari and Dominic (Dominic specifically as my DM). I rented... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 November 2015
Matt W
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Recommended diving operator for sure. My experience: I did four fun dives over the course of two days with Steve, Safari and Dominic (Dominic specifically as my DM). I rented all my equipment from Aqua Ventures for my dives. Diving briefs per dive site were thorough and informative, divemasters and shop/boat staff are attentive and personable, and equipment is very... More 

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

Great to meet you Matt and Thank you for the positive write up - we're so glad you enjoyed your experience More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

Spent 10 days in Watamu, I really wanted to dive but was very nervous because I hadn't dived for 3 years when I got to Aqua ventures. The lady who owns and runs the business was very helpful and understanding. I was so happy that she took care of me, encouraged me despite of the big waves to go under... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words - we were happy to be able to get you into the Ocean so that you could get to (almost!) enjoy the underwater experience More 

St. Pete Beach, Florida
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015

When we went to book our dive they were very frank with us. They told us it was not prime season. That the visability may not be top notch and that we could only go before the breakline. We appreciated the honest and booked with them for that Saturday. The dive was awesome. We had a guide and saw so... More 

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

Thank you for your kind comments - we also enjoyed Diving with you and maybe you will have a chance to come back when the sea is calmer!!! More 

Tampa, Florida
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113 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2014

Choosing a dive store when travelling to new countries can be interesting as the range in service and safety can be vast, but just like you can often estimate the cleanliness of a restaurant kitchen by the way they take care of the restrooms, so too can you tell what to expect when you check out the rental equipment in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2014 via mobile

Absolutely awesome dive, although being chased around by a tyrant fish cutting the dive a little shorter, amazing location and large range of beautiful fish. Am very much looking forwards too coming back for more dives :)

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

Dear Ash, Thank you for your kind words! Sorry about the nesting Titan triggerfish episode, but glad you enjoyed yourself and see you in December! More 

Aldershot, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

I have spent a lot of time at this location, fantastic staff, friendly atmosphere, excellent tuition. This venue is endorsed by the British military and checked regularly to ensure that it meets with their exceptionally high standards. BSAC and PADI sub aqua diving courses catered for as well as various other thrilling adventurous activities such as mountain biking, windsurfing, kayaking,... More 

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

Thank you Phil, we look forward to seeing you back here so we can take you on another cycle ride or just a relaxing fun dive! More 

Juba, South Sudan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

We dived with Steve in July. Even though it was out of season and quiet he made a plan to take us out. We had a great time and for good value too. All equipment was provided and there were a lot of sizes to choose from, and the mask was in good shape which ensured a hassle free dive.... More 

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

We're glad you enjoyed your dive with us and hopefully you can come back and enjoy some outer reef dives once the sea clams down! More 

Nanyuki Town, Kenya
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

A wonderful dive centre with excellent staff. Steve, Helen & Sian looked after us very well and I would thoroughly recommend them. My husband is an experienced dive leader and has enjoyed some wonderful diving with them on the four occasions we have been there. They have also taken my two young sons through their PADI Open Water and they... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

I am a dive instructor and decided in my time off to go diving obviously! My friend recommended Aqua Ventures so I came with my student/friend for 2 dives with Steve. We had a brilliant day, he is very professional and thorough with a detailed dive briefing so we all knew the plan...the boat is great, equipment very well looked... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

We came to Kenya to do volunteering work in Nairobi and decided to travel to watamu specifically to dive. I contacted aqua ventures and after a few polite email exchanges and a phone call I booked two dives. I confirmed my dives the night before via email and was ready and excited to dive. We woke up at 6:30, had... More 

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

Dear Giovanni, In response to your comments - we are sorry you were so inconvenienced but believe us we were also taken by surprise.This Strike was nothing to do with us but the local boat operators were stopping people from using the park/reserve until their demands were met. We had it in writing from the Local Boat Operators that the... More 

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