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Scuba Diving in Shimoni, Kenya


Water temperature:

27°C - 28°C (81°F - 82°F) is average

Suit:

3mm wetsuit should be adequate

Visibility:

10 - 30 metres (30 - 100 feet)

Type of diving:

Reef diving

Marine life:

Giant grouper, Napoleon wrasse, trevally, snapper, sweetlips, parrotfish, sea cucumbers, nudibranchs and a whole lot more reef fish

When to go:

Any time of year, although the best time of year to dive is November, late January, February and March

How to get there:

Fly to Mombassa either direct or via Nairobi and it is then approximately a 2 1/2 hour car journey south of Mombassa to Shimoni


Shimoni, Kenya

Shimoni is a village in southern Kenya located about 2 1/2 hours drive south of Mombassa. It lies on a channel created between mainland Kenya and Wasini Island. We visited Shimoni en-route to Pemba as the liveaboard we were staying on was picking us up from Shimoni Reef Lodge.

I can only write a limited amount about Shimoni as we stayed here for just one night, but from what I saw it was a beautiful area and all the locals were incredibly welcoming. The thing that surprised me about this region of Kenya was how lush and green it was. The drive down from Mombassa was lined with a wonderful array of palm trees and other greenery interspersed with small thatched buildings and the occasional monkey! At the lodge itself there is a picturesque mangrove shoreline that is home to thousands of crabs and lizards. Relaxing in the hot sun you could overlook the channel and watch the local fisherman bringing in their catches.

We only dived one site here called Nyulli Reef, which was apparently one the best of the sites in the area. However it would have been great to have done more diving as I really enjoyed the dive we did. As a nice finish to the dive we were joined by a pod of dolphins, swimming in the bow wave of the boat as made the four hour crossing to Manta Reef Lodge on Pemba.


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