October’s Dive Site of the Month – Dzinani

With gentle currents running through the month of October, Dzinani, with its aesthetically beautiful contrast of landscapes, became the most mentioned as it is superb for both regular and drift diving for all experiences. Aside from its beauty, it has been labelled as Dive site of the month due to the number of dolphins sighted from the boat.

Dzinani is known for its necklace of coral reefs which lie in white sand and offer an attractive contrast of landscapes with each of the reefs containing its own unique beauty. Accumulating around those coral reefs are large schools of Sweetlips, Fusilier and a variety of different Sweepers. Peering out of the sand are the well-camouflaged fevers of stingray, flounders, pistol shrimps and gobies-companions of the pistol shrimps. Those with the eyes of a hawk can find plenty of macro life such as Leaf fish, Nudibranchs, Scorpionfish amongst the corals.

Accessible from all 3 of our dive centres-Dzinani is one of the favourites. It’s large coral reefs start between 9-12m and gently slope down to around 22m. Its unique characteristics makes it ideal for beginner and advanced divers, and only a 25-minute boat ride.

The protection and monitoring of shallow-water ecosystems off Diani Beach Kenya: PART 1

Our shallow lagoons in Diani primarily consist of seagrass which is an important ecosystem for juvenile fish and invertebrates. Seagrass also plays a vital role in climate change mitigation, as it sequesters huge amounts of carbon dioxide, and functions as the main food source for sub-adult and adult green turtles, of which we have many.

Limited seagrass research has been conducted along the coast of Diani Beach, but luckily for us, a team of experts have recently set out to assess this ecosystem. Additionally, the team will also focus on macroalgae; determining for both, the species composition, distribution and abundance. The project will be conducted between Tiwi and Chale Island, throughout the National Marine Reserve, aiming to inform local conservationists on the current status of this lagoon system and form a basis for future monitoring.

Climate change continues to negatively impact the ocean and its organisms. With waters becoming warmer, corals become stressed, dislodging the symbiotic algae living in their tissues causing corals to whiten; a term known as coral bleaching. In the short term, this is reversible if the water temperature decreases. However, extensive coral bleaching events result in mass coral deaths, reducing biodiversity throughout the coral reef ecosystem. It is important for scientists worldwide to measure the health of this vital ecosystem that supports approximately 25% of all known marine species, and to use the data collected to attempt to enhance ecosystem sustainability and mitigate future climatic changes. Because of this, the team is conducting ground-truthing of shallow-water reefs in Diani and contributing this data to validate satellite images as part of a global coral reef mapping initiative.

Look out for part 2 of the ‘protection and monitoring of our shallow-water ecosystems.’ Find out who will conduct the research, how they will conduct their research and what the results will tell us.

The advantages of PADI e-Learning

There is nothing worse than having to study during your vacation. Therefore, we have decided to give you a few suggestions on how you can complete your dive course theory beforehand so that you are able to make the most out of your time on Diani Beach. Electronic learning, known as e-learning, has become the ultimate ‘delivery of education,’ and it’s fantastic for those just starting out!

Studying online provides many benefits:

  • The theory can be completed at your own pace.
  • You cannot lose your manual.
  • Several language choices are available.
  • The e-learning contains reading materials, quizzes and a final exam.
  • Upon completion of the quizzes and exams, immediate results are given out.

Although we do provide paper manuals, we highly recommend going digital. That way your manual is with you wherever you go. You cannot lose it, cannot damage it, and best of all, it doesn’t weigh you down during your travels.

Completing your studies before-hand gives you more of an opportunity to enjoy one of Africa’s top beaches, located right here at our doorstep. All it takes is a few clicks onto the Padi website and there you have it!

Whaleshark season coming soon!

Grab your gear, pack your bags and come on down to one of Africa’s finest beaches. Once again the annual migration of whale sharks is just around the corner! Starting in November, these magnificent gentle giants slowly start to emerge from the ocean’s depths into the shallows off Diani Beach.

These beautiful creatures inherited the Swahili name ‘Papa Shillingi,’ which directly translates into ‘Shark covered in shillings.’ Legends say that God was so pleased to have created such a creature, that angels were given gold and silver to throw down from heaven onto the sharks back. These fish are known to swim along the ocean’s surface, filtering plankton, which in turn-is their way of giving thanks to God for their creation.

Little is known about the biggest fish in the sea, but we can tell you that our dive site ‘Papa Shillingi’ is known for its name. When the season hits, the site becomes immensely popular for divers. With an average depth of 12m, this site is great for both beginners and advanced divers to tick off an experience that should be on every divers bucket list.

Papa Shillingi is not the only hotspot for these beauties…sightings of whale sharks are recorded on many of Diving the Crab dive sites, so keep those eyes peeled!

Day Trip to Chale Island

Diving at Chale Island

A short boat trip from Diani Beach, Chale Island is a private island divided into two sections; The Chale Island Resort and the sacred Kaya Forest. The Island contains vast amounts of coastal forest including Mangroves, as well as being home to some of the tallest trees in Africa. This magical island is ringed by white sandy beaches, warm tropical waters, and an abundance of fish life spread amongst our unspoilt coral reefs.

The Island offers a wide range of activities, both water- and land-based. Situated right by the waters with our very own fleet of boats, is our dive centre. It is a small centre which focuses primarily on the guests staying on the island however, excursions can be arranged to and from Chale for those staying on the mainland.

Chale is known for its spectacular shallow reefs that drop down to around 30m and best of all Whale sharks! Although these magnificent creatures can be spotted all along our coastline, Chale tends to be a hotspot for catching more than one at a time.

Since we are the only dive centre on the island, groups are kept small, perfect for those who love the peace and serenity the diving brings. New divers, only just getting into the diving world and slightly more nervous, are welcome to dive the shallow reefs situated only a couple minutes from shore.

Our well trained, passionate staff are always there to ensure your time is spent well. For those wishing to embark on any other water sport excursions-simply ask and you shall receive.

How to start diving? The difference between PADI Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Courses

Scuba diving is an incredible experience, that allows you to explore amazing new environments and discover a beautiful underwater world. However, choosing the best way to get started isn’t always easy. Here at Diving the Crab we have gone through the 3 most common ways people start diving and broken them down into a short and simple review – to help you make that choice.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course

Duration: 1 afternoon + 1 morning (over 2 days)
Minimum age: 10 years

The DSD is a fantastic introductory course for those with limited time. This is not a certification, but a one-time experience with a scuba instructor. You will do an afternoon session with basic dive theory and a few skills in the swimming pool. The following day you will be able to head out for 2 fun dives with your Instructor at a depth no deeper than 12m.
For those wishing to start their Open Water Course within 12 months after completing their DSD, this experience can be credited.

PADI Scuba Diver Course

Duration: 2½ days
Minimum age: 10 years

The Scuba Diver Course is the first step to receiving a certification. It is for those who wish to begin their Open Water Course but have limited time. In other words, the Scuba Diver Course is literally the first few days of the Open Water certification course.

With this course; you will begin your first day with theory, second day with pool skills and final day with diving in the open ocean. Upon completion, you will receive a certification that allows you to dive no deeper than 12m. Later on, you can decide to continue this toward a full Open Water Diver certification.

PADI Open Water Course

Duration: 4 days
Minimum age: 10 years

The classic SCUBA certification, Open Water diver, will allow you to dive independently- the world over. Theory, pool sessions, 4 open water dives, and a final exam, all under the supervision of your instructor. Afterwards, you can dive up to 18 meters with another certified diver.

Junior divers of 10 and 11 years old are limited to a depth of 12m. From 12-14 years old, they can go up to 18 meters with an adult diver.

The schedule for this course is as follows:
Day 1: Morning of theory and afternoon of pool skills
Day 2: Morning of theory and afternoon of pool skills
Day 3: Morning Open water dive 1 and 2
Day 4: Morning Dives 3 and 4

For any more information, please feel free to contact us via email: diving@divingthecrab.com

Scorpion Fish Macro Diving Kenya

Masters of Disguise-Scorpionadae Family

The Scorpionadae Family are known as ambush predators dwelling on the ocean’s bottom. They are the master of disguise and tend to blend in with their surroundings. The family includes, amongst others the lion fish, scorpion fish, stone fish and leaf fish.

The leaf fish, is a popular find for scuba divers in Kenya, is literally as flat as a leaf. These species come in all sorts of colours and are known to shed their skin to remove algae as well as invertebrates. This is a trait shared by the majority of the Scorpionadae family. Shedding occurs fairly often, sometimes even weekly, and species such as the leaf fish, change colour upon completion.

Stone fish are the most camouflaged of the family and allow algae to grown on their sides, giving them that perfect ‘stone-like’ disguise. They dwell on the oceans floor and have the patience to wait up to several hours before ambushing their prey.

One of the most eye-grabbing species of this family is the weedy scorpion fish. Far rarer than the others and more of a challenge to spot. These unique beauties have indeed been spotted along our reefs and it is said that ‘where there is one, there is always another close by’.

The Scorpionadae family are an attraction for most scuba divers and some of our dive sites are home to certain species in particular. Igloo Reef for example, contains a variety of different lion fish. Our wreck is known for its scorpion fish and Kisima Mungu offers chances to find leaf fish and stone fish. The slightly rarer weedy scorpion fish and paddle flap scorpion fish are mostly spotted at our site Galu, also known as the ‘turtle hotspot’.

It takes a trained eye to spot these magnificent creatures. Our experiencesd guides are well trained and can spot them from a mile away. If you have what it takes to spot them, then come on down and prove it to us!

Should you travel with your own SCUBA gear? – Diving the Crab

Are you a Scuba Diver? Have you invested in your own Scuba Gear? Have you dreamt of travelling to beautiful, deep blue tropical waters but concerned about not being able to travel light with your gear?

We all know the difficulties of travelling light at the same time as wanting to dive in the comfort of your own gear

  • First check with your airline, it’s quite possible that you can bring all your scuba gear for free. (please do not bring your own tank!)
  • The most important and easiest piece of equipment you should carry, is your own dive computer. The second would be mask, snorkel, and wetsuit. Regulator and then BCD, all of this in order of importance for your own personal comfort.

We think you should know: with our local technicians at hand, we are known for maintaining our Dive Gear in proper conditions. All Scuba Gear, aside from the computers, are provided in our prices. Those wishing to rent a computer can do so for an extra 5 Euros!

We provide both Air (21% O2) and Nitrox. Nitrox is free (for divers who are Enriched Air certified). Our tanks can take both International (Yoke) and DIN regulator systems.

Our Equipment and their Brands:

Mares

  • Closed Heel Fins

Free Shark

  • Wetsuits (all 5mm shorty’s)
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCDs)
  • Open Heel Fins (For those with their own Booties as we do not provide Booties)
  • Dive Bags and Weight Belts

Cressi

  • Regulators
  • Masks and Snorkels
  • Optical Masks ranging from -5 to 8
  • Leonardo Dive Computers
  • Compass
  • Torches (available for rent)

To make it easier for your travels, we also provide a discount for those who bring their own BCD and Regulator set (this discount is available only for a complete regulator set & BCD). All other necessary gear is happily provided by us.

Kids Scuba Diving Kenya

Kids Scuba Diving with Diving the Crab

Scuba diving is an incredible, inclusive activity that everyone can enjoy. The amazing marine world off Kenya’s Diani Beach is home to colourful reefs and thousands of fish – big and small. It is a true underwater playground, and the ideal location for kids to discover the fantastic world of SCUBA diving.

PADI Bubblemakers

With a maximum depth of 2m, children starting from 8 years old have the opportunity of taking their first breath in the underwater world. This is a fun, interactive program for children to experience underwater bubble blowing, designed by the worlds largest diving organisation PADI. With a professional guide at hand, fun interactive games are set up in the pool for kids to enjoy whilst they learn the basics of scuba.

Seal Team Aqua Missions

A program designed for young divers looking for some action-packed fun in the pool, at a maximum depth of 4m and an ideal follow on from the Bubblemaker course. All Aqua Missions are completed in a pool environment where children can safely develop and learn about being underwater.
In order to become a member of the Seal Team, children must complete Aqua Missions 1-5. These Missions are the equivalent to completing the skills in the Confined Open Water Dive; Mask Clearing, Regulator recovery, Buoyancy control etc.

Upon completion of these exercises, Seal Team Members receive a logbook and a certificate.

Once they have reached the age of 10 years, kids are able to head out into the ocean. They can enroll in a Junior Open Water Course and dive to a maximum depth of 12m.

PADI Specialty Courses on Kenya’s Beautiful Diani Beach with Diving the Crab

Our PADI 5-star centre offers several different Specialty Courses. These courses help develop you as a diver and will enable to get even more out of your underwater exploration.

Wreck Specialty

There is no doubt that this is the most rewarding specialty when it comes to adventure. Wrecks are the ultimate symbol of exploration underwater. This course teaches you how to penetrate appropriate wrecks safely so that you can often fully explore inside and out and delve into the history of the wreck.

Deep Specialty

A highly recommend course which certifies you to dive to 40m. It a course that assists divers in becoming more aware of their surroundings and opens up a whole variety of new dive sites. Having this certification will bring you a step closer to exploring the deeper seas. Deeper seas with wrecks, caves and several spectacular reefs.

Nitrox Specialty

Nitrox air contains a lower percentage of Nitrogen and a higher percentage of oxygen- allowing for extended bottom time. It is the ideal course for those wishing to explore wrecks, reefs and various other sites, for a longer period of time.

Search and Recovery Specialty

A valuable course which teaches you special techniques on how to search and recover lost items. Various search patterns are used and are specific to dive conditions. Learning to recover a lost item in all kinds of dive conditions is a highly valuable skill!

Photography and videography

A course that teaches you the tricks and trades of a camera. Learn to accomplish all buoyancy techniques to get the right position for capturing those memories. An ideal course to capture sharp yet wonderful memories to display to all friends and family.

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Evidently clear…this course plays a key role in learning to improve your buoyancy. Learn to hover in various positions with ease. Completing this specialty improves your control underwater, often meaning that your air consumption will improve and your diving experience will be even better.