By Memen M. Ocampo
Day Trip to Wasini Island, scuba diving at Kisite Marine Park and a visit to Shimoni Slavery Cave
Sunny Tuesday, 27the June 2017. Our 4th day in Kenya. After an exhilarating skydive adventure yesterday, we're up early today for an island trip and scuba diving.
We left Brightstar Resort at 7:30am, headed out to Shimoni dock. It was around an hour drive on the provincial road. We registered at the marina office and then we took a dhow to the marine park. We were 13 divers from RDA and 2 local dive guides, 10 nondivers (snorkelers) plus 6 crew members including the captain.
All our gear and equipment were prepared for us. The crew dropped us at the first divesite at the east side of the marine park, then the dhow took off to drop the snorkelers near the island.
First one was an easy, relax dive. The kinds of fish we saw were so similar to those we saw during our diving trip in the Maldives. Huge schools of bannerfish and sweetlips. Lots of elephant ears and giant anemones. We saw crocodile fish, nudis, turtles, stingrays, big brown grouper (like seriously big) and jackfish.
While we were on surface interval preparing for our next dive, dolphins approached our dhow, as if teasing us to swim with them. So there they go! Youssef, Raul, Jerry, Hub, Leng and Mhae snorkeled and swam with the infamous playful dolphins of Wasini Island. Dolphins are such eye candies. Lovely creatures.
Next dive was a drift dive. Current was really strong at depth of 17 to 20ft. It was one tiring dive, i figured out that I would have enjoyed more if I was using my own gear but anyway, it was fun. Scuba
diving in Kenya--checked!!
After diving the dhow took us for lunch on the island where we enjoyed a hearty meal of seafoods, chicken and fresh fruits.
Finally heading back to the dock, we
Found ourselves waiting outside Shimoni Caves. Ahh this cave was intense. It was where they kept and tortured the african slaves before they were sold to arabs and europeans way back then.