After a safari or when you enjoy a lovely beach holiday, it might be interesting to book a tour to see the surrounding. You can book all excursions with our local representative in Nairobi or through our email address (see contact).
Recommended excursion’s Pilli Pipa: the owners of Pilli-Pipa, Harm and Selina are both qualified PADI MSDT diving instructors and first aid instructors with many specialties. Selina has a BSc. Hons in Marine and Freshwater Biology and a Master of Aquaculture of Stirling University. They both worked as diving instructors in many countries, including Jamaica, Thailand, Malta, England, Netherlands and Kenya before they settled on Wasini Island. Harm (a Dutchman) is fluent in Dutch, German and English, while Selina in French, German, Italian, Spanish, English and Kiswahili speaking.
Pilli Pipa offers snorkeling and diving with professional experienced crew members and divers. You will be picked up from your hotel to go to the North or south coast of Mombasa and then we drive through beautiful scenery to Tanzania among thousands of palm trees to Shimoni, the last kilometers is a sandy road. You arrive at the village of Shimoni where the dinky (small boat) is waiting for you to go to dhowboat. Along the way you have a big chance to see dolphins. There is snorkeling and for enthusiasts who want to dive is a dive crew on board.
After snorkeling/diving we will have lunch on the island. Here you can choose from a seafood lunch of fresh seafood such as crab, or if you do not like fish, there is also chicken. Coconut rice and seaweed make your lunch a memorable and tasty experience. After lunch, relax at the lounge, overlooking the beautiful ocean. You will sail with dinky back to dhowboat and then back to the pier. An unforgettable day end here…
Experienced instructors, crew members and very welcoming host.
The price include:
• Drive to Shimoni jetty to arrive at about 8.30am.
• On arrival, board our Arabian Style dhow with comfortable seating. Welcome on board by a cheery crew who will serve you with Kenya coffee or tea with biscuits.
• Full briefing of all facilities and program on boarding.
• Motor and or sail as you look for Dolphins past Mpunguti ya juu & Mpunguti ya Chini on your way to Kisite National Marine Park.
• Guided snorkelling in the protected waters. Guides safely showing the many varied fish and coral. Assistance given with additional use of life rings and buoyancy jackets if required.
• Two snorkelling sites visited or extended snorkelling time – depending on the weather.
• Return to our private residence for a delicious Seafood Banquet. Chicken and vegetarian options available. Lunch is served in a private garden by smiling Swahili Ladies and includes beer, wine and sodas. Try some of our Citronella Tea made from fresh lemon grass grown by Harm on the island. There is the opportunity to look through our Marine Literature and identify the creatures that you have seen. Relax away from the hustle of everyday life with our freshly brewed Kenyan Coffee, shortbread and fresh fruit.
• Tired after the eventful day, you may have time for a quick swim in our pool to cool off,
then return to the bus parked nearby in the garden.
• If you wish you may ask the driver to stop at the Shimoni Slave Caves Community project (optional at an extra fee of K.Shs.400)
All equipment provided including prescription masks, snorkels, fins and diving equipment. Soft drinks (sodas), mineral water and fruits served on the dhow. To make the day comfortable, you need to carry own towels, sun lotion, water friendly shoes
$ 130 per person
City Tour, Fort Jesus, Old Arabic streets of Mombasa and Haller Park
An afternoon visit these sites, Fort Jesus and the Old Arabic streets with lunch at one of the numerous restaurants in Mombasa: “Pistachio, Bleu Room, Tamarind”. The streets are a mixture of Arabic and Swahili culture. Plenty of shops selling everything, lots of gold jewellery, ornaments and Arab clothing. The smells that you sniff here characterises the typical Africa. A walk in the narrow streets of Mombasa old town makes you feel like going back hundreds of years in time. The intricately carved wooden doors reflect the strong Middle Eastern influence over the years on the Kenyan coast, plus the numerous historic buildings and artefacts. You are everywhere approached by vendors or guides that they want you guiding through the streets. During this walk we take with a professional tour guide so you get a chance to see the many shops and other attractions at your leisure.
We also visit Fort Jesus (Portuguese Fort Jesus the Mombaça): is a Portuguese fort built between 1593 and 1596 by order of King Philip I of Portugal, located on Mombasa Island to guard the Old Port of Mombasa. It was built in the shape of a man (from the air), and was given the name Jesus. In 2011 the fort was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, highlighted as one of the most remarkable and well-preserved examples of 16th century Portuguese military fortifications, there is also a museum “Fort-Jesus museum”.
Followed by a lunch (whole day excursion) or back to the hotel (if only morning excursion).
Continue the full day excursion by visiting the Haller Park.
Haller Park: A small natural park close to the North Coast of the hotels. Here tortoises walk around freely, there are crocodiles to be seeing while they are fed (here the largest crocodile in Kenya), hippos, largest species antelopes, giraffes, monkeys, etc. For the children it is very nice to see how the crocodiles, giraffes and hippos are fed. The park itself is also very beautiful, a great place to be there and enjoy the monkeys undisturbed playing. It worth a visit especially for those who do not go on safari but also for safari-goers called an instructive afternoon.