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Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari

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Address: Diani Beach Road | Colliers Centre, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
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+254 724 442555
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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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Nearly didn't go!

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Iandavis13
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 holiday is not my idea of fun. But the journey through Mombasa was interesting, the... More 

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

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 to Shimoni interesting, there is so much to see on the way. Live life and... More 

New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 (Ben) who was really awesome. I saw so many fish and eels, sea turtles and... More 

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

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 1.5 hrs drive), the boat itself could be better maintained and less gross. But overall... More 

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

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 that is not well maintained and gross definitely does not corrolate with our two dhows,... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

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

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

Dorking
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 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 very weak swimmers who hang onto a ring and are towed around by a guide... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 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 a whole crew and the guides were very friendly, informative and helpful. I really enjoyed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

We swam with dolphins in the marine park and had a superb day out, it was safe and well organised, followed by a great lunch, I went with local friends and cant reccomend this enough.

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

Thank you so much Orphius. Glad to see that you had the chance to swim with dolphins in the wild, a wonderful experience. It has been great weather for snorkelling lately but we are hoping for some rain soon. More 

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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our experience with pilli pipa snorkeling. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. After a short car ride with a friendly driver we made it to our boat where we were given refreshments. When we got to the snorkeling, they provided equipment and how to use it, we were given life vests and there was always someone with... More 

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

Thank you so much for your comments Sahand. This is what we like to hear, guests who appreciated learning something about the environment. So glad that you had a nice day. Valerie More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

We went snorkeling with Pilli Pipa back in November and were extremely pleased with the entire experience. What especially stood out to me was how accommodating and patient the guides were with our small children. It was my then 5-year-old's first time snorkeling and our guide was so helpful and patient, which made it so fun for him! My daughter,... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

amazing experience seeing the dolphins! the guides were very informative and friendly. My girlfriend was able to complete her very first scuba diving experience. a great day!

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