These beautiful creatures inherited the Swahili name ‘Papa Shillingi,’ which directly translates into ‘Shark covered in shillings.’ Legends say that God was so pleased to have created such a creature, that angels were given gold and silver to throw down from heaven onto the sharks back. These fish are known to swim along the ocean’s surface, filtering plankton, which in turn-is their way of giving thanks to God for their creation.
Little is known about the biggest fish in the sea, but we can tell you that our dive site ‘Papa Shillingi’ is known for its name. When the season hits, the site becomes immensely popular for divers. With an average depth of 12m, this site is great for both beginners and advanced divers to tick off an experience that should be on every divers bucket list.
Papa Shillingi is not the only hotspot for these beauties…sightings of whale sharks are recorded on many of our dive sites, so keep those eyes peeled!
What to Expect
Whale sharks spotting in seasonal before booking kindly inquire to find out whether the days you want to go are suitable. Whales sharks are the largest fish in the world. They are not predatory, like other sharks. Whale sharks spend most of their time cruising the open ocean, which means much of their lives remain a mystery. It is an amazing experience to interact with these gentle giants.
Whale Sharks are spotted near the coast of Diani during the months of February – March and then from November – December. A spotter plane is used to locate them from the air then they send a report to update the speed boat about the location of the whale sharks.
The departures are based on minimum numbers in the boat, a private boat hire is also possible.
You can Swim with the whale sharks out on the reef and dolphins are also spotted during these adventures.
8AMPick-up from your hotel or villa
Pick-up from your hotel or villa in South coast Kenya, then you will be transferred to the departure point.
Follow the spotter plane
Board the speed boat that will follow the spotter plane to begin your adventure in search of the whale sharks.
Snorkel or Scuba dive with these giants
Choose to snorkel or scuba dive with these gentle giants. Swimming with whale sharks in their own environment is an unforgettable experience.
3 – 4 hours later drop off thereafter to your hotel
Mombasa, Diani, Kilifi
Please be ready by 07:20 AM for a prompt departure at 08:00 AM
Approximately 8:30 PM
.All transportation in destination location
English Speaking Driver/guide. For Spanish/French/German/Italian subject to request at the time of booking