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Swimming with giants of the ocean

Diani Beach is one of the few places in the world where you can encounter whale sharks. Take the opportunity and swim with the biggest fish in the world, which can grow up to 18 meters long and weigh up to 20 tons.

Important details

  • 221 USD per person - Prices are subject to change
  • Mid January to mid March
  • Full day
  • Incl. snorkeling gear
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Additional information

Did you know that, in Swahili, this gentle giant is called Papa Shillingi (shark with shillings)? The local legend goes that God was so pleased when he beheld this beautiful, giant fish, that he told his angels to throw golden and silver coins on its back all the way from heaven. This is why the shark is covered in spots and swims near the surface – to thank its Maker for its beauty.

There are few places in the world where you can swim (snorkel or dive) with whale sharks, as they are migratory fish that rarely come close to land. On Diani beach, these amazing creatures can be found from December to mid-March, with mid-January to mid-March being ideal. Since whale sharks are harmless to humans (they only eat plankton and small fish), you can get up close with them.

When booking this excursion, you should keep in mind that whale sharks are huge in size, but still hard to find in the vastness of the Indian Ocean. Therefore, observation planes are used at Diani Beach. For even better chances of sighting, there is the underwater scooter Sublue, which allows you to follow whale sharks up to 5 kilometers. A generous customer policy, offers you a second trip at half price if no whale sharks are sighted on the first trip. And if you weren’t lucky on the second trip either, the third trip is free. To complete the unique experience, your trip can be completed with professional underwater photographers or videographers, as well as aerial photography from the plane.

Diani Beach

Whale Shark Expedition