Diani Coral Reefs- Unique on the East African Coast Part 2

As mentioned before, our unspoilt coral reefs are a Macro Lover’s Dream.

Although macro life can be found anywhere, we have particular sites where we can pretty much guarantee a find.

Igloo Reef

This site is known particularly for its various species of Lion fish. Their habitat consists of rocky corals that shelter smaller fish and other plant life. Camouflaged nearby are countless amounts of Scorpion Fish. South of our mooring line but hidden within the rocky corals are the different kinds of Hinge-Beak and Cleaner shrimps, with the occasional Moray Eel popping in for quick scrub. Other common residents to the area include the Leaf fish, Glass Fish, multiple Nudibranchs and if you can spot them-frogfish and ghost pipefish.

Galu

Yet another fantastic macro site! Located around what we call the ‘Cleaning Station,’ is the Lindas Flatworm – one of the most beautiful flatworms of all. For those with an eye for macro fish, Hermit Crabs, Leaf Fish, and Scorpion Fish located along the base of our cleaning station. Galu is a site known for the slightly rarer fish like our Paddled Flap Scorpion Fish, Weedy Scorpion Fish and Dragon Eels. It’s not often we find the incredible species, so take your time to admire their beauty.

Alpha Funguo Wreck

Our wreck site is known for its large abundance of fish schools but it is also a macro lover’s dream. All along the sandy bottom you can find Garden Eels, Flounders, Shrimps and Gobies. Disguised on the wreck itself are Scorpion Fish, Nudibranchs and multiple species of the Benny.

Once again, fantastic sights can be found at every dive site. It requires a certain kind of eye and patience to spot some of the smaller species, and our guides are also on hand to help. For those interested in macro photography, pop on over to these sites in particular and let us know what you find!

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Kenya’s Dive Seasons

From wreck sites to marine parks – Kenya’s crystal waters are world-famous for the fantastic coral reefs and a large variety of marine species, with many of Kenya’s best dive sites within easy reach of Diving the Crab.

Like much of the Indian Ocean, Kenya’s diving is heavily influenced by the seasons, with different sites to be enjoyed at different times of the year. Kenya’s waters offer temperatures ranging from 25C in August to 30C in March with an average of 28C throughout the year. May and June are known as the wettest months whereby, July and August are known to have the strongest winds.

High Season – October to March

The most popular time of the year to scuba dive in Kenya is from October to March. During this time, we receive spectacular, pristine conditions with visibility reaching up to 30m. The waters are at there calmest and the possibility to encounter whale sharks are higher than ever. It is the time of year when the whale sharks and dolphins thrive across our waters – a fantastic opportunity for all divers – from beginners to experts.

Low Season – May to July

May and June are known to be the low season due to the heavy rain, with visibility conditions dropping through to July. However, it is an ideal time to complete ALL scuba diving Courses. Take it as an opportunity to complete the necessary courses ready for when the high season hits. For beginners, it is an opportunity to experience diving with fewer people and fewer interruptions.

Diani Coral Reefs- Unique on the East African Coast Part 1

Diani Beach is comprised of 2 reefs; the inner reef and the outer reef-both of which are alive with various types of hard and soft corals, supporting masses of marine life. Hard corals are known as the reef builders, providing the structural topography of the reef.

Our inner reef primarily consists of seagrass and coral heads. Seagrass naturally grows in the shallow lagoons and absorbs extra nutrients from runoff in rivers or from the rain. Growing in mats on sandy bottoms and with the use of its extensive root system, it stabilizes the sandy bottom during acute wave action. Species found within these grasses are the Lizard fish, Razor fish, Nudibranchs, Starfish, Crabs, Sea Cucumbers and various other smaller fish.

Lingering out in slightly deeper waters, coral heads are still within our inner reef and are the home to slightly larger species of Lionfish, Leaf fish, Flounders, Nudibranchs, Flatworms, Scorpion fish, Moray Eels etc.

Our outer reefs begin at an average depth of 8m. These reefs contain large amounts of wide-spread coral, which flourish amongst the depths of our ocean. Our reefs exceed to around a depth of 30m and provide divers with an abundance of marine life. Larger marine life such as the Turtles, are attracted to the various types of coral produced.

Diani is a known turtle hotspot. Extensive amounts of research are being conducted along are reefs to find out more about why some reefs house more turtles than others. We believe it is due to them having cleaning stations and because turtles feed on algae and seagrass-both of which grow close to coral reefs – this helps prevent the seagrass from spreading over the coral areas.

Coral reefs and Turtles have what is known as a symbiotic relationship, where they both benefit from one another. Without coral reefs, turtles would not be able to feed and without turtles, corals would be struggling for space.

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Environment & Sustainability

Diving the Crab are at the forefront of conservation and environmental awareness on Kenya’s south coast, and in particular in Diani Beach.
As a scuba diving centre, we are obviously very passionate about the underwater world and protecting Kenya’s reefs, but our commitment, to helping reduce carbon footprints extends well beyond this. We are working together with our local Marine Education Centre on a number of initiatives:

Beach clean ups:

Beach clean ups are organized on a regular basis. With huge support from our local community, we manage to cover a distance of 20km on Diani Beach and collect an average of 1.8 tonnes of trash with each one.

Recycling initiatives:

Located around our diving centre are several bins, all specifically labelled to make recycling easy. Plastic bottles are banned from our centre meaning water provided to our guests, are in re-usable aluminium bottles.

Green Fin rule:

Before embarking on any kind of excursion, guests are briefed on what we call the ‘Green Fin Rule’ – a concept aimed at preventing people from damaging our beautiful reefs. Along with that, we highly encourage individuals to take part in our various Project Aware Speciality courses that we offer.

Marine Education Centre

All of our guests are encouraged to visit the Marine Education Centre for further awareness on some of the south coast’s special inhabitants such as turtles and whalesharks.

Going Digital:

Diving the Crab has committed to going digital. This will undoubtedly reduce the large amounts of paper waste produced by dive centres worldwide.

We are dedicated – not only to providing outstanding customer service, but on ideas of how we can positively impact our environment…

“We know that when we protect our oceans we’re protecting our future.”

Non-diving excursions with Diving the Crab

Diving the Crab, on Kenya’s Diani Beach, not only provides world-class diving but is also the perfect base for visitors wanting to take advantage of the many other fantastic experiences and activities available on Kenya’s southern Coast. Check out some of the best non-diving excursions available with Diving the Crab below;

Sandbank Excursion with Kayaks

Escorted by one of our professional guides, you can kayak out to one of our pristine sandbanks and explore the shallow reefs, take your snorkel gear for the chance to enjoy diving into the marine world.

Fishing Trip

Hop aboard our action-packed trip for an unbelievable, exhilarating experience with soft drinks, water and alcoholic drinks upon request. Reel in the giants, snap up an image and release your catch back into the warm waters off the Kenyan coast.

SUP

Test your balance, fitness and coordination. Learn to gracefully glide across our waters with a Stand Up Paddleboard and explore the pristine ocean at your own pace.

Windsurfing

Cruise in lighter winds or experience the high-speed thrills when the sea breeze picks up. Whether you are an expert or beginner, there will always be an instructor by your side to keep you safe and provide advice about getting the most out of your experience.

Boogie Boarding, Skim Boarding and Surfing

Climb the surfing ladder; begin with Boogie Boarding, use the smaller waves to Skim Board and later challenge yourself with Surfing the bigger waves. Use these sports for a real test on balance and coordination.

If you would like to find out more, contact the team today.

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Community Internship program

The team at Diving the Crab has an incredible passion for diving and the marine world and loves to encourage these passions in others. As part of this, Diving the Crab has sponsored a number of like-minded individuals from the surrounding community to join the team and develop their skills.

Many of our PADI Dive Masters and Instructors have come from our surrounding community, having worked their way up the ranks, giving their time and enthusiasm in lieu of tuition fees. Once certified, the recruits either stay on at the Crab or join other Dive centres – sharing their skills, knowledge, and love of diving.

One of our team, for example, approached Diving the Crab back in 2006. Although he had no knowledge of diving, his passion for the ocean was extremely evident. Since then he has climbed the ladder and stands today, as one of our most professional, hard-working Dive Masters.

Alongside the Crab’s marine science centre, our community of divers and visitors from around the world, we continue to promote a balanced and passionate work ethic, to resonate for years to come.

Is this the best wreck dive site in Kenya?

This breathtakingly, beautiful site is flooded with schools of fish and is one of the best dive sites in Kenya. The MFV Funguo wreck, a fishing trawler, was initially sunk on 21st February 2002 and measures 45m in length. The top lies roughly at 18m with the base lying at around 27m, meaning this fantastic dive site can be accessed by many recreational divers.

MFV Funguo is located just off of our dive base on Diani Beach and takes only 15 minutes to get to. This wreck was salvaged and purposely sunk by our Dive Centre, Diving The Crab, over 15 years ago. Today, it is known as one of the top dive sites in Kenya and home to masses of fish and macro life.

Garden Eels, Gobies and shrimps surround the base of our wreck, sneaking their heads in and out of the sand. Barracuda, Sweetlips, Fusilier, Batfish, Snappers and Trevallies accumulate in large schools at the top of our wreck and camouflaged well against our wreck, you can find; scorpion fish, leaf fish and frogfish. Other residents include the Giant Moray Eel, Giant Thorny Stingray, Lionfish and if you are lucky… whale sharks!

Those wishing to dive this beautiful wreck must have a qualification that allows them to dive to 30m – Advanced Open Water or the Deep Adventure Dive certification. Enriched Air Nitrox is highly recommended to enjoy a longer bottom time to get the most out of this dive site, however, it is not mandatory.

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Choosing the right dive centre in Kenya

Diving the Crab – a PADI 5-star centre has been operating since 1985 on one of Africa’s best beaches, Diani Beach. Known as one of Kenya’s leading dive centres, with a strong belief in the value of education, hard work as well as providing outstanding customer service, Diving the Crab provides fantastic access to some of Africa’s top dive sites on the west coast.

With safety being a priority, Diving the Crab has been given the eminent accolade of ‘Pure Air’ from Bauer East Africa. Both Air and Enriched Air Nitrox are available for certified divers, allowing you to make the most out of your diving trips from Diani Beach.

As well as providing excellent diving opportunities to tourists to Diani Beach, Diving the Crab is also passionate about the local community, with a number of individuals from nearby towns and villages taking advantage of the opportunities provided to become PADI instructors, and in turn are able to share their knowledge and love for the marine world with their friends and family as well as visitors to Kenya’s beautiful coastline.

Some of whom have joined the fun-loving diving the crab team, that is always keen to share their passion and introduce you to the amazing underwater world of Kenya’s coast. Speaking English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Swahili, the team at Diving the Crab is able to cater to a great range of guests to Diani and provide a full range of PADI courses.
Using only modern, well-maintained equipment, and ensuring strict safety procedures are always followed diving the crab has repeatedly been honoured with TripAdvisor awards for excellence, as a result of the fantastic reviews left by visiting divers.

Turtle Research in Diani Beach

Diani is incredibly well known for its large quantity of Turtles, making it the ultimate hotspot. These beautiful, majestic creatures are known to be endangered and therefore, monitored on a daily basis.

Diani Turtle Watch have estimated that over 100 nests are laid every year on our beaches, with the majority being Green Turtles. Each nest consists of roughly 100 eggs which incubate between 50-80 days, and only 1 in 1000 hatchlings make into adulthood.
Diani Turtle watch are responsible for the relocation of nests and protection of the hatchings.

The Olive Ridley Project on the other hand, is responsible for the identification of sea turtles in the ocean. Each day, a highly trained marine biologist photographs and monitor the behaviour, size and location of these turtles. All findings are later uploaded to a database.

Here in Kenya we can spot five of the seven turtle species. The most common being the Green and the Hawksbill turtle, specifically found here in Diani.

Juvenile turtles are known to consume jellyfish. Eventually they grow bigger, migrate towards the reefs and become more omnivorous. Once they reach the sub-adult stage, they become fully vegetarian and mainly consume seagrass and algae. Turtles are reptiles-meaning they breathe air, lay eggs and live in Tropical waters as they cannot control their body temperatures.

Situated close to our dive base is a Marine Educational Centre – responsible for any further research programs, educational programs for the community and schools, as well as monitoring of any data which comes through. It is open for all visitors wanting to learn more about our oceans. Indulge in their exciting exhibit and participate in their fun-filled educational games.

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Fun for the whole family

Are you looking for ideas to spend some quality time as a family for the next school holidays? Diving the Crab, located on the award winning Diani Beach, offers various activities which are ideal for kids and parents alike. Take some time out as a family and try your hand at the following four adventures:

Discover Scuba Diving

Discover Scuba Diving

(10 years’ and over)
A quick and easy introductory course to scuba diving, which allows you to experience the thrill of the underwater world. Master the essential skills in the swimming pool, under the direct supervision of one of our experienced PADI dive instructors, before heading for a shallow dive on one of the reefs close to Sands at Nomad hotel. Be amazed at the sheer abundance of coral and fish life right on our doorstep. The good news is that this experience can also be credited towards the Scuba Diver or Open Water certification.

Chala Island

Chale Island Day Trip

Private Island fused with beautiful white sands, corals and forest. Spend the day indulged with activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, a tour through the mangrove forest and lunch on your own accord.

Marine Center

Marine Centre

The Marine Educational Centre teaches you about the importance of our environment. Indulge in their exciting, interactive games followed by a tour of the exhibit with one of our professional Marine Biologists.

Sandbank Excursion

Sandbank Excursion

Escorted by one of our professional snorkelling guides, you can grasp this opportunity to kayak out to one of our pristine sandbanks and explore the shallow depths of our reefs.

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