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Dive Review of Pilli Pipa in
Africa/Kenya

Pilli Pipa, Apr, 2009,

by John Gearty, CO, USA ( 1 report). Report 5157.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Sea Of Cortez, several Carribean locations, A few Southern Calif. locations
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions on all but one dive I was the only diver and dived with the guide until my air was 500 lbs.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I have a simple digital camera and housing and don't require any special facilities.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I met Selina and Harm, the very friendly and energetic owners of Pilli pipa, on a Live a Board in Palau a few years ago. They told me they owned a dive operation in Kenya and frequently saw Whale Sharks. Having never been to Africa I felt this would be a destination to get me there, see friends, dive and go on Safari- which they offered to help set up and did. If you go diving here you must also go to Masai Mara on safari.
I was there at the beginning of the rainy season but saw very little rain. Although they had everything you would expect in the way of scuba equipment and facilities the bulk of their business is snorkelers they take to a Marine Park. Over the seven or eight days I was there I saw only one other dive boat with one diver and a guide, and was told that there were only occasionally other dive operators at the sites Pilla Pipa uses. Being the only diver on the large Dhow they use as dive boats I felt as if i was exploring virgin reefs. Conditions varied from calm water to one dive with heavy currents.
Pilla Pipa's web site is "pillipipa.com".
Also Feel free to call me with any questions(970-728-6703)
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