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Diving in Kenya

With over 1000 underwater species, diving in Kenya becomes extraordinary.


Kenya is one of the top diving destination with its abundant underwater life. See the fabulous colours of the reefs, meet a sea turtle, swim among dolphins, or enjoy watching more than 1000 other sea creatures swimming around you. If you get luck you will see the boniest fish in the world—giant grouper,—which is also really colourful. The typical diving spots are in the Watamu Marine park, which also offers plenty of diving and snorkelling deals. If you decided to come dive here, aim for the clearest diving conditions in October to March, and avoid the muddy July and August.

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What are some known diving spots in Kenya?

Along the coastline of Kenya are various diving spots one can enjoy, popular spots include Watamu Marine Park situated north of Mombasa. Diani beach, Nyali beach, and Malindi Marine National Reserve are other popular diving spots. Diving in these spots, one can witness coral reefs of different colours and swim with a variety of fish species, dolphins, turtles, and barracudas. Show more

When is the ideal timing to go diving in Kenya?

For a perfect diving experience, the best time to visit Kenya is during the dry season which lasts from October to March. During these months, the conditions in the sea are ideal, providing clear visibility and perfect water temperatures for any diving activities. From July to August, however, the seas tend to be muddy, leading to reduced visibility when diving. Show more

What are the different sea creatures I can see while diving in Kenya?

Diving in Kenya allows the chance to witness an array of sea creatures, including fish species of different colours, dolphins, turtles, barracudas, eels, and even the giant grouper, a bony fish endemic to the warm water of Kenya. Additionally, you can marvel at the various species of stony coral and appreciate the diverse life visible in the underwater world of the Indian Ocean. Show more

Can a beginner participate in diving activities in Kenya?

For beginner divers who wish to enjoy the exotic underwater world of Kenya, there are options. Kenya offers suitable short diving courses and experienced instructors that provide a safe and enjoyable experience. There are also one-on-one diving sessions that guarantee a more personalized experience. You don't have to be a pro to have a fulfilling diving experience in Kenya. Show more

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