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Wasini Island

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Wasini Island lies off the southern Indian Ocean coast of Kenya next to Shimoni. It is approximately 5 km long and 1 km across. The island is sparsely populated and undeveloped. There are no cars or roads. A site of early Swahili civilization, this coral island is occupied by the Vumba people, an indigenous group of Bantu speaking peoples who have a rich history. They speak Swahili and Kivumba and they number about 1500. Mkwiro and Wasini are the two villages present on the island – each at opposite ends. Their history includes invasion and settlement of Arab influence from the Persian Gulf states, and from the island of Zanzibar, further south.


  • On arrival at the Shimoni jetty, you will board a traditional dhow and ride into the Wasini channel.
  • The day is focused in relaxation, viewing stunning and colourful surroundings.
  • Highlight will include snorkelling in Kisite marine park to spot dolphins and possibly turtles. Take looking at Marine- life from a glass- bottomed boat, enjoy excellent sea food lunch and then a historical tour around Wasini fishing village and the Shimoni slave caves where slaves were stored before being shipped off to Arabia in early 18th century.
  • Depart Shimoni in the late afternoon to arrive back in Watamu in the late evening.

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