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Watersports are in abundance and of a high quality at the Kenyan coast, ranging from the more extreme wind and kitesurfing to jet skiis, deep sea dving and fishing, to the milder snorkelling, pedal boats, kayaking, catamaran, among others.

Not all beach hotels have these facilities so enquire first when booking your trip.



If you choose to snorkel in the marine parks run by Kenya Wildlife Service you may get a boat and guide at a minimal fee. Park fees are also payable from as low as Kshs.300 per resident adult and US$ 10 per Non –resident adult. The Watamu National Marine Park boasts over 600 species of fish in just 10 square kilometers, although the reserve area itself spreads out over more than 32 sq km in total. Malindi's park is also rich in its diversity, while the rest of the coastline has a reef with adequate fish to please all snorkellers.

Deep sea fishing

Divers outside the fringe reef in Watamu's national park stand an excellent chance of viewing the magnificent whale shark and Manta Rays that are seasonal visitors. Some of the more commonly seen fish include the parrotfish, whose digestion of the coral reefs over the millennia have produced the white sand beach itself. Also angelfish, groupers, filefish, lionfish and snappers.

Game fishing is fun and not just for seasoned anglers. With a bit of practice anyone can catch fish and enjoy this magnificent sport. Kenya offers some of the finest deep sea fishing in the world with a huge variety of different species close to shore, especially in the virgin territory off Kiwayu island past Lamu where 2 hours is ample time to catch loads of fish. A day-spent fishing is an adventure in itself.

Hotels offering deep water fishing have twin engined craft that are in touch with each other and the shore base by radio link. Each boat carries lifesaving and fire fighting equipment on board and bigger craft are equipped with a head.

There are three categories of boats: -

1. Over 33 foot diesel powered sport fishing boats designed to take up to a maximum of four passengers, definitely the most comfortable way to fish, with plenty of room to sit or lie down and relax while waiting for action.

2. 20 to 25 foot twin outboard powered craft for up to two passengers, and being smaller boats, you are right where it's all happening. (Available only during the Kaskazi months of calmer weather)

3. Small craft for up to four passengers fishing inshore/birdwatching or just exploring the beautiful Mida Creek.

Fishing seasons

From beginning July to sometime in May. The southeast wind (Kusi) blows from mid March to sometime in November and is cooler than the northeast (Kaskazi) which blows the rest of the time. The seas are warmer and calmer during the Kaskazi months.

Types of fish

The main Billfish (Sailfish and Marlin) season runs from November to early April but Sailfish and Black Marlin often come inshore in numbers in August.

Sailfish (known locally as ‘suli suli') are by far the most numerous of the Billfish we have here. Finicky and sometimes skittish or playful, they can make a fool of the best of anglers at times, and are very dramatic when not over powered by excessively heavy tackle. Experienced anglers will know this spectacular acrobat is more fun on light tackle - ask for it! Pelagic, sails will jump and slither across the surface of the water in a never to be forgotten display. Relatively easy to bring in when hooked (that's the tricky part) the Sailfish is a milestone in any anglers' early fishing experience.

Then there is the Royal Family: the Marlin. We have three types here - Striped, Blue and Black. Striped Marlin tend to run offshore in cleaner water and can travel in packs. Smaller and slimmer than the other two, this fish will still gives a good account of itself.

A jumping Blue Marlin is the ultimate thrill as the power and fury of these fish under full throttle is simply awesome. Complete changes of direction by these fish will convince fishermen that there are two on at once and frantic re-routing of the boat is the order of the day as line is usually getting desperately low within seconds of the opening of hostilities.

A big Blue Marlin is a privilege to see and they are found usually in the deep water following the yellowfin or other tuna shoals. Some very big Blue Marlin can be expected mid February to mid March.

Black Marlin come closer to shore and are often encountered in very shallow water. The buffalo of the species, this guy is tough. If you haven't done your homework he'll find you out and be gone. Often fighting deep, using his pectoral fins to hold him down in the water they are worthy adversaries (especially little ones!). Medium size Blacks can be expected around August/September, but the main season is from December to mid/late March.

Broadbill Swordfish - This is an overnight specialty - you drift at night, with squid weighted to different depths, and light sticks on the leader and we have developed night trolling techniques which have become very productive. This is definitely the strongest fighter in the ocean - an experience not to be missed. So far mainly small, but several in a night not uncommon.

We support wholeheartedly the practice of ‘Tag and Release' of Billfish and award certificates to anglers who have done so.

Sharks - Hammerheads, Tigers and the high leaping Mako. These are often caught while fishing for tuna, they also take Marlin baits.

Big Yellowfin tuna (up to 200 lbs.) migrate past here between August and November (and sometimes come back again) and the ‘schoolie' small Yellowfin are around virtually year round. Very strong fish and, with a big one being a good test of character, Yellowfin always give a powerful performance, invariably going deep.

Giant trevally (locally known as Karambesi) of World record size are here but have yet to be boated under the very strict IFGA regulation. Usually caught on live bait using down riggers.

Wahoo are renowned for their searing first run (being one of the fastest fish in the sea) and when there are a lot of them around, chaos reigns as lines are cut all over the place by fish striking at terminal tackle moving through the water.

Kingfish will often chop up a bait or two just behind the hook before you get one but make up for it by being excellent table fare. Dorado (known here as Falusi) come streaking across to your lures, iridescent with all the colours of the rainbow as they take to the air when feeling the hook. Fabulous light tackle fish and great eating (but rich) when prepared on the day of catch.

Skipjack, Kawakawa and others of tuna descent swim in shoals surrounding and forcing small baitfish to the surface, making it boil and giving their position away.

Email now to find out how and where you can go fishing for al the above....

Let's go Fishing!

Off shore banks over fifty miles N.E. of Watamu are the exciting new area full of tuna, Marlin and Broadbill at night.

Day trips start at 3am, and overnight trips drifting for Broadbill are two days and a night trip. You can return with three species of Marlin, Broadbill and a Shark, as well as a boatload of tuna. Such trips must be arranged in advance and booked specially.

The popularity of specialty fishing, such as fishing for Sailfish on a fly grows every year. This is a fun method, but difficult, but once hooked the fly fisher isn't interested in traditional trolling!

We also have bottom fishing unequalled anywhere, in 500' feet of water Snappers and big grouper fight for your baits. This can be combined with trolling.

Full fishing days begin at 0630 hours.

PADI courses on offer include:

•  Scuba Review (from USD130)

•  Discover Scuba Diving (from USD145)

•  Scuba Diver+ (from USD330)

•  Open Water Diver+ (from USD490)

•  Open Water Referral* (from USD300)

+Materials and certification (from USD100)

*Certification 35

For whale shark expeditions aboard a wooden hull that offers comfortable accommodation for upto 12 guests around Pemba Island email now to get rates and images.

For 7 nights pay 1350.00 Euros per person.

Single cabin supplement:350.00 Euros.

Group Price : (pay 8 pax.) 10400.00 Euros

This rate is inclusive off:

·         accommodation

·         All meals and selected drinks.( Coffee, tea, +1 glass of wine at dinner)

·         All towels and linen

·         All diving

·         Cylinders, air fills and weight belts

·         Airport transfers to / from Pemba and Mombasa International Airport

·         Beach excursions and Island visit.

·         Beach and bush walks


The rate is exclusive off:

·         International and domestic flights

·         Visas for Tanzania + Kenya

·         Pemba tourist fees (US$15)

·         Marine park / reserve fees (US$ - 10 per day)

·         PADI diving courses

·         Diving equipment hire


Other sports...

Pedal boat


The ocean's waters are a bit rough as it is mid-year, the so-called ‘monsoon season' here. So if you would rather come to the coast at a time when the sun is out more and the ocean calmer, plan your holiday between September and March.

Riding the catamaran requires that you wear a life jacket, even though the sports is done well within the reef. The water is cool as we move out. The instructor positions us on either side of the catamaran for balance, jumps on and we're off, bobbing up and down. Instructors always accompany guests so as to allay any fears and basically ensure that you get your money's worth. He constantly changes the sail's position in accordance with the direction of the wind. This is actually more relaxing than taking a ride in an engine-powered motor boat, because the only sounds here are the wind and the waves. You can hire the catamaran for a full hour, but since we have more to explore we head back to shore for the next sport.


Next up is kayaking. Stephanie, who is an expert, briefs me on the mechanics of kayaking first. It's similar to rowing a boat. I am rather scared at the prospect of being alone in this craft, though the instructor rows beside me as I totter on the waves, constantly giving instructions until I am confident enough. It takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it feels great cutting through the waves. After the first round I am deemed experienced enough to go out on my own.

Pedal boat

Next is the pedal boat. Cecilia joins me again on this gadget that is really simple to handle. All you do is pedal as if you are riding a bike, and use a gear stick to change direction. And parents, you can share the fun with your children because there is space behind the seats where they can be accommodated.


Okay, so what's next? Well, it's an activity that I have long wanted to try out. Windsurfing. First I have to wear rubber shoes that will offer grip on the surfboard. The instructor then begins the lesson. Place both hands on the board, drag yourself up, and then try to rotate while still balancing. This is not easy. The sail is then connected to the surf board and the instructor then demonstrates how to climb on and bring it up from the water. Now it's my turn. The sail is much heavier than it looks, and trying to balance at the same time doesn't help. But if you fall hey just jump right back on and try again!

Thankfully the guides are patient. My third attempt is a bit better, but not quite there yet. Fourth time round and I actually manage to sail off for some distance. And on the fifth and final attempt- slowly but surely, off I go!

Surfing...well, trying to

Glass bottomed boat

After lunch we decide to engage in a less strenuous activity. We will be taking a ride on the Polepole glass bottomed boat up to the reef.

It is early afternoon and the tide is going out as we set off from shore. The mid-section of the boat's floor is fitted with a glass through which we can view the fish swimming over the coral reef in the now shallow water.

So as to attract the fish, one of our guides picks a sea urchin from the coral for the fish to feast on. This is a delicacy for them because normally they cannot penetrate the thorny skin to get to the soft insides.

Glass-bottom boat rides work well for people who do not want to get their feet or body wet snorkelling. You will still get to see some fish and coral reef formations. As we head back to shore we pass some fishermen in a jahazi on their way out to fish.

Jet Skiing

Zooming around on the surface of the water with enough metres beneath to not touch the seabed wasn't exactly my idea of an ideal way to experience the ocean. Not until a new British friend dared me to experience the wonders of the ocean lying in my own backyard, accompanied by the all too common phrase that "You only live once!". So I lived. Dean and I shared a jetski, me precariously hanging onto his lifejacket from behind, he steering across the waves with the utmost glee, seaspray splashing into our eyes and noses and my mouth that was open in a scream half the time. Then he took a turn- and I fell in. Now knowing I have a life jacket on is all well and good. But treading water alive with waves and having watched all those shark movies didn't help at all! So with one of the instructors hovering around us on his own jet ski, Dean got me to calm down and heaved all 55 kilograms of me back aboard. Suffice it to say we didn't stay out much longer but hey - I did it didn't I?!

Check back soon for more exciting and relaxing watersports off our beautiful coastline....

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