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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.

If we have piqued your curiosity, then please fill out the form below and one of the team will get back to you to answer any questions that you might have:



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    What is Nitrox and why you should be using it

    If you’re not yet familiar with the joys of diving with Nitrox, here’s a beginner’s guide just for you…

    What is Nitrox?
    Nitrox refers to oxygen-enriched air containing a higher concentration of oxygen than the 21% found in the air we breathe as well as a lower amount of nitrogen.

    Why dive with Nitrox?
    Nitrox is a major draw for divers as it increases dive times, as more oxygen than nitrogen is inhaled, allowing for longer dives and reducing the risk of decompression sickness. If you’d like to make your time in Kenya’s incredible underwater world even more enjoyable, Nitrox offers just the ticket with the chance to lengthen and enhance your diving experience.

    Can I dive with Nitrox at Diving the Crab?

    Diving the Crab is the only dive center in Kenya offering Nitrox dives and certification. You can pre-book our PADI specialty course here and get started on the theory at home thanks to PADI’s dedicated E-learning system

    What’s more, certified Nitrox divers can use Nitrox free of charge, only at Diving the Crab!

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    A Macro Lover’s Dream

    Boasting unspoilt, unbleached coral reefs teeming with marine life, diving in Diani is a macro lover’s dream.

    Here’s our pick of the top 3 dive sites for macro photographers:

    If you’re an advanced diver, you can enjoy plunging to depths of 18 metres at Msambweni dive site – camera in tow – to witness a staggering array of aquatic life parading past.

    If you’re hoping to catch a shot of one or two rarer fish, you’re in for a treat at Galu reef. Suitable for all levels of diving experience, Galu reef is home to attractive corals and rarer finds from elusive sea horses to ghost pipe fish, frog fish, flying gurnards, ghost morays and delicate leaf fish.

    Alpha Funguo Wreck
    One of the top dive sites in Kenya, Funguo wreck is an unmissable experience with a rich variety of exotic marine life from batfish and barracuda to nudibranch, frogfish grouper and Scorpion fish.

    Get the Go-Pro ready, charge the camera and stand in awe of Kenya’s incredible marine life.

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    6 Great Reasons to Dive in Kenya

    Kenya is renowned for its incredible wildlife, and the underwater world on Africa’s East Coast is spectacular! With an abundance of excellent dive sites, undamaged coral reefs and a plethora of fish life from big to macro, there really is something for all divers and wishes.

    Here are just a few reasons to add Kenya to your diving hotspot list:

    • 1. Kenya’s unspoilt reefs provide a haven for a diverse range of sea creatures. The reefs around Diani Beach have not been bleached like many other reefs in the tropics.
    • 2. Whalesharks. The gentle giant of the ocean can be spotted in the waters off the coast of Diani Beach between November and March, when it makes its annual migration along the East Africa coastline.
    • 3. A perfect place for macro photography lovers.
    • 4. The chance to see endangered species of sea turtles, including the Green turtle and Hawksbill turtle.
    • 5. Alpha Funguo Wreck in Diani is one of Kenya’s top dive sites with an abundance of fish life.
    • 6. Easy diving and a range of PADI certified courses for divers of all levels of experience and ability, including Enriched Air Nitrox courses.

    Grab your diving gear and explore the great dive sites in Kenya and the Indian Ocean with Diving the Crab!

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    The most wonderful time of the year!

    High season is coming and we’ve got just the ticket! Immerse yourself in a place of astounding natural beauty, in the company of incredible marine life.

    Kenya’s leading dive center, Diving the Crab sits on the stunning south coast of Diani Beach, which boasts unspoilt coral reefs teeming with marine life and unsurpassed almost anywhere in the world.

    Diani’s prestine reefs are adorned with macro fish life from shrimps and weedy scorpion fish to moray eels, nudibranch and schools of glassfish to name just a few.

    A range of dive sites offer a chance to encounter rare species of fish as well as stingrays, turtles and the amazing whale shark, which makes its annual migration along Kenya’s coastline from November to March.

    With balmy, tropical temperatures and clear, idyllic conditions, now is a perfect time to pack your diving gear and head off for an unforgettable diving experience.

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    Living together – symbiosis relationships

    Symbiotic relationships are an intriguing facet of the natural world, none more so than the tale of the Pistol Shrimp and the Orange Banded Prawn Goby.

    These fascinating critters have developed a highly elaborate and evolved partnership. While the shrimp builds and maintains a burrow for both creatures to live in, the less practical goby offers the partially sighted shrimp some protection from predators. Whenever they venture outside of the burrow, the goby watches for predators and warns the shrimp with a flick of its tail if one is nearby.

    The shrimp also has a powerful secret weapon. When its unusually large claws snap together, it generates a burst of sound and what could best be described as a succession of weaponised bubbles, which can stun its prey – including snails and small fish.

    The aptly named pistol or ‘snapping’ shrimps form large colonies on the seabed, usually with their ally, the goby fish, in tow.

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    Whalesharks in Kenya – the ocean’s gentle giants

    The magnificent whaleshark, a giant of the ocean, is also one of its most vulnerable species. This acute paradox is due largely to the impact of commercial fisheries, which have targeted whalesharks. This has resulted in a notable reduction in sightings. There are believed to be around 7,100 whalesharks in the world’s oceans.

    It makes the whaleshark’s star turn along Kenya’s stunning coastline, during the annual whaleshark migration from October to March, all the more special. The whaleshark travels long distances to reproduce and in search of food to sustain its titanic size – as the largest fish in the sea, the whaleshark reaches an average size of 12 metres (39ft).

    Whalesharks (or, to give them their proper name, rhinocoden typus) are docile creatures. They are not meat eaters and feed on plankton (tiny plants and animals); their large mouths passively filtering everything in its path.

    The whaleshark inhabits warm waters. Divers looking for a chance to swim with these majestic animals will relish our Papa Mashilingi dive site, which takes its name from the Swahili name for whaleshark. The site is alive with an array of corals and fish life, which attracts everyone’s favourite gentle giant during the whaleshark migration.

    Turtle Identification Kenya

    Turtle Identification in Kenya

    How to spot one turtle from another? Enlist the help of an expert.

    Our new marine biologist, Jenni Choma, has launched a turtle identification database. In her first 22 dives in Kenya, Jenni sighted 58 turtles. By simply photographing these turtles she was able to identify them as individuals, as turtles all have a unique pattern of scales on the sides of their face. 53 of the 58 turtles sighted were Green turtles, and of these, 34 different individuals were identified.

    10 of the total 38 identified turtles have already been re-sighted, which is expected as turtles have their favourite spots on the reef. Galu dive site, our very own turtle point, has the highest sighting rate for turtles with up to 12 individuals seen per dive, and it also holds the record for the highest number of identified turtles so far with 22 of the 34 Green turtles.

    Male turtles have so far proved to be a rather elusive find, though their behaviour differs from females and they tend to appear most during mating season. Of the 34 Green turtles identified, 6 are female, leaving 28 young juveniles. However, 3 of the 4 identified Hawksbill turtles are female, leaving only 1 juvenile so far.

    The sex of a turtle can be distinguished only once they have reached a mature size, classified as 70cm for Green turtles and 60cm for Hawksbill turtles. Once at this size, a male has a long tail and a female has a short tail.

    So next time you go diving in Diani, pay close attention to the facial pattern and size of the turtles you encounter!

    If you’d like to submit a turtle sighting, please contact Jenni at marinecenter@thesandskenya.com with the date and location of the sighting and, ideally, a photo.

    Artificial Reefs – The beauty of the MFV Fungo

    Coral reefs are often called the rainforests of the ocean, attracting a diverse array of marine life and providing food, shelter and protection for hundreds of species of fish. They form part of fragile underwater eco-systems, which have been much affected by human activity.

    Artificial reefs offer an alternative and help to reduce the impact humans have on the marine environment. Artificial reefs come in many different forms and are not a modern phenomenon. It is believed that the first artificial reef was created in 17th century Japan, when rocks and rubble were used to grow algae to increase fish populations.

    Diving the Crab’s visionary team created a spectacular artificial reef after salvaging The MFV Fungo, which ran aground on the reef outside Kilindini Harbour in February 2002. The ship was purposefully modified and re-sunk off the shores of Diani Beach. Resting at a depth of 22 meters, the wreck is alive with fish.

    Macro life swim around the site while scorpion fish, blue strip snappers, frogfish, barracuda and batfish are common sights. Elegant nudibranches – a photographer’s delight – are also abundant and ready for their close-ups.

    The Fungo wreck has become one of the top wreck dive sites in Kenya, providing a unique diving experience and an example of what artificial reefs can do for marine life.

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    Face to face with a dragon

    Dragons are fearsome, fire-breathing creatures, or so fairy tales and folklore would have us believe. The dragon moray, with its crooked jaws, angry horns and parade of needle-sharp teeth, evokes the menacing appearance of its mythical namesake.

    But appearances can be deceptive. The enchelycore pardalis, to give it its proper title, belongs to the Muraenidae family and is a shy and retiring creature typically found in the tropical temperatures of the Indo-Pacific oceans. A rare find, the dragon moray lives in coral reefs at depths as wide ranging as 8 to 60 meters and is chiefly nocturnal. Its keen sense of smell and large open mouth allows the dragon moray to seek out its prey in the dark caves and crevices of its rocky dwelling places. The dragon moray feasts on live feeder fish, including squid, octopus, crab and shrimp.

    The dragon moray crosses the line of beauty with its stunning patterns and colours. Intensely coloured in vibrant, contrasting shades of red, orange, black, white and yellow, the dragon moray’s striking features are accentuated by flared nostrils and horns (also known as nasal tubes) above dark set eyes.

    The dragon moray rounds off a superb season of special finds by Diving the Crab in Kenya. Patient divers and those up for a challenge may well spot the dragon moray as it quietly inhabits the waters around Diani Beach.