Exploring the deep blue is a magical experience. Scuba diving will make you feel like you have traveled to another planet. The feeling of weightlessness, combined with the surreal underwater life will take you beyond your wildest imaginations.
The coral reefs, colorful fish, and the stunning complexions of the underwater ecosystem will leave you breathless, literally and figuratively. If you are traveling to Kenya and love diving, you are in for a treat. Kenya has some of the best diving excursions you will experience.
Best Time to go Diving in Kenya
The waters in Kenya remain at a cool and moderate temperature throughout the year. You can enjoy swimming and diving throughout the calendar year. However, to get the best diving experience, the water is crystal clear from October to March. The optimal months are January and February because the water is perfect during this time, and you may even get a chance to see the whale sharks. It is not advised to visit Kenya during the wet months (March to May). In these months, the rain can increase the water levels in the river, resulting in lower visibility.
Traveling to Kenya
You will need to get tested for COVID-19 before you can enter Kenya. The current rules state that you must have a negative test that within 96 hours of your departure. Any tests that have a longer time will not be considered applicable, and you will need to get a new test done. Although the negative test will allow you entry, you may be asked to quarantine for 14 days if you show any symptoms.
Things to Consider
While generally, the coastal areas are safe, you should avoid going near the border of Somalia. Furthermore, you must wear appropriate clothing as the country has a strict dress code.
There are many locations where you can go diving in Kenya. However, to get the best experience, consider going to Diani Beach, Kunga, Kisite-Mpunguti, Watamu, and Mombasa. Some of the main attractions include:
- MFV Funguo – Explore the purposefully created ship wreckage, which has become a coral reef ecosystem where different species of marine life reside
- Galu – This is the best diving spot to see turtles
- Nyuli – A deeper dive for more experienced divers, the coral reef is located 28 meters underwater. Some of the fascinating marine life you will see here include manta rays, Napolean wrasse, leopard shark, and the white tip reef shark.
- Kinodo – You will explore various fish species, including the barracuda, snappers, and triggerfish.
- Turtle Reef – Located in Watamu, the Turtle Reef is a shallow dive, and you can also see the turtles on the beach
How Much Does it Cost?
Several factors will determine the cost of your dive. According to the information available from a diving website in Kenya, it can cost you anywhere from $80 for a dive to $550 for an entire week’s package. The diving operators also offer training courses, in case you are new to the entire experience. The beginner courses range from $50 to $500, depending on the operator you select and the package they offer, and professional courses will cost you $80 to $850.
Diving is a beautiful adventure that everyone should experience. If you are an avid diver, book your ticket to Kenya now and be blown away by what it has to offer. If you have never dived before, start packing your bags, check out some tutorials, and prepare yourself for a life-changing journey. Since you are heading to Kenya, make sure you visit the Maasai Mara. You can also read 8 Things to Know Before you Visit the Maasai Mara to learn more about the National Park.