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Boat trip to Wasini island

Bus picked us from the hotel in early morning to take us to the daytrip to Wasini island. On the way there we saw rural villages, tall palm trees and lush greenery. Seeing the village life was not as surprising as first time.

The bus took us to the departure dock at Shimoni village. Upon boarding the dhow the crew introduced themselves, also instructions were given regarding the boat and the coming journey in different languages. The day looked very promising.

First the dhow traveled to Kisite Marine National Park. Within the Wasini Channel rare hump-backed dolphins can be often sighted. We also made a stop for dolphin watching. This was very interesting. Although photographs made hundreds of shots, at least we were not lucky to catch dolphin at the picture.

After dolphins we were sailing a bit further to the reef and made a stop for snorkeling. We were promised that wildlife here is amazing. Also, based on our previous experiences in Caribbean and Mediterranean Sea our expectations were high and we also encouraged our friends to the snorkeling experience.

The real snorkeling experience here was unfortunately less than expected. Water was not crystal clear. Also, it was not steep. We saw the reef, but I expected colorful fish also, we did not see much of them. Instead there was lot of Sea urchins. Two of us got hurt by them. The hand which touched the sea urchin puffed up in seconds. At the dhow the crew begrimed the injured hand with papaya juice and this really gave a relief.

After snorkeling we drove to Wasini island. First we had a seafood lunch here. The lunch was served in open restaurant. It started with crabs and followed with fish red Snapper. We tasted local papaya (white) wine which was better than expected but not our favorite.

The lunch was followed by the excursion on the island. Wasini Island is about 5 km long and 1 km across. The island is sparsely populated and undeveloped. There are no roads or cars. The tour guide was very enthusiastic. During the excursion we saw also a local school – how children here are taught at the floor. Before the departure local children successfully sold us couple of tiger seashells for couple of coins and pens as a souvenirs.

At the ride back to mainland we just relaxed as the day has been full of different experiences. By the dinner we were back in our hotel, here us expected the snake show and backing, as our trip to Kenya was unfortunately about to end.