Whale Tours in Kenya, Whale Spoting
One of the world’s highest growing spectator sports is getting close in and personal with the giants of the deep. It is said that such communion with these marine goliaths, who stay totally free and at peace with their environment, makes an aura compete harmony with nature for the fortunate onlookers.
Diani is a small, peaceful tourist center on Kenya’s south coast, some 20 miles from its main seaport Mombasa. Ferries link Mombasa Island to the south coastal and are a pleasant step back in time.
In Diani and further south, to the fishing village of Shimon, a number of companies recommend sea safaris- deep-sea fishing, ocean sightseeing trip and SCUBA diving with tuition to international standards. Offshore lies one of four protected national parks, which are a veritable paradise for marine aficionados- and for people who just desire to have an unusual, beautiful and interesting holiday in a lovely part of the world.
In the past years, the ocean going season off Diani beach has been excellent in its marine viewing. Diani Marine has given information of mantas, over 1000 bottle nosed dolphins, 30 sightings of the amazing Humpback dolphin, 20 humpback whale and beyond 150 whale shark sightings. Groups to up to eight whale shark have at times: congregated around their flagship MV Maisha, filter feeding.
The sheer amount of large pelagic species being seen off the south coast is slow coast but surely putting Kenya on the worldwide map for SCUBA diving and marine viewing. The whale shark sightings in particular have been spectacular, as on many occasions, females over 12m in length have been seen with their young. This has led experts in the area to believe that these remarkable creatures are coming to the Diani beach area in order to give birth and raise their young before moving on as the southerly monsoon arrives.
At the moment there is little or no research being carried on these marine giants, taken as one of the big five of the ocean, and there are moves to encourage the Kenyan government, the Kenyan government, Kenya wildlife Society and stakeholder companies to show an interest and provide support to preserve their marine species as well as they do the big game in the national game parks.
Diani Marine I also considering aerial surveillance on whale sharks. According to an expert in this field, Claudia eckargt, in communication with sophisticated tracking systems has given some insight into the relatively illusive whale sharks sightings. Most of the work on Whale Sharks has been conducted in Australia where many dive operators use small aircraft for aerial coverage to coverage to locate the whale sharks.
The cost involved are considered, committing a small aircraft to such a project, and Diani Marine are currently consulting with international service organizations, including PADI, Ocean conservancy project Aware, the east African wildlife society and world society for the protection of Animals, to find out if funding would be available for early surveillance of what as they say, is ‘a valuable national heritage.’Please inquire now