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Dive Review of Pilli Pipa in

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by John Gearty, CO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 5157
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Sea Of Cortez, several Carribean locations,  A few Southern Calif.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
I have a simple digital camera and housing and don't require any special
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
  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 "".
    Also Feel free to call me with any questions(970-728-6703)
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