Scuba Diving

 …Imagine the impossible allure of Mombasa’s Nyali Beach slapping your fully sounded arrogance: The Diving Spots. viewed from the beach 900 yards away across the coral with the swell peeling lazily through the light morning breeze.  

…Imagine diving in turquoise lagoons, just in front of coastal mosques made of coral stones hundreds of years ago, where decibels seem seemingly in the triple digits with the feeling of an actual sonic salvation.

.…Imagine diving some of East Africa’s best sites – Shark Alley? Coral Garden? Vuma Caverns? M.V. Dania Wreck?  Or any of the offshore reef sites that are well-mapped and documented by the fishing fleet dating back to colonial times. Maps of such treasurable waters that are the reason why Mombasa has seen so many wars throughout its history it’s dubbed “the Island of war”.

….Imagine coming out of that water into a Swahili dinner of fish with coconut sauce, Pilau rice & spices brought from Zanzibar, grilled juicy veggie kebabs with herb and garlic, and pineapple cocktails. Enjoying the sunset on the beach after great diving, while the fishermen lounge and talk in the Swahili language of today’s arrival of a couple of mammoth-sized whale sharks.




   Our friends from Buccaneer Diving, the only 5 star Padi IDC in East Africa, offer our guests the opportunity to either learn and/or practice your diving skills in Mombasa. Free trial dives at the Backpackers swimming pool, Click HERE to see some photos. Free pick ups and 10% discount if you decide to dive with them. The dive centre is located just a 10 min. walk on the beach from the Backpackers.

   We are glad to say Buccaneer Diving has been with the Backpackers since the very first day we opened back in May 1st. 2010. Owner, and Mombasa local, Bruce Phillips (Right Photo) is a PADI Course Director which is the organizations’ highest rating. Bruce personally ensures that the standards, quality and integrity of the PADI courses run at Buccaneer Diving are of the highest quality. 

   The entourage, Team Buccaneer: David Von Helldorff (Left Photo), Michael Darchis (Right Photo) & Bruno Kinross are regulars at the Backpackers Bar, so you might run into them while staying with us. Otherwise, ask for David at the reception for contact details or any other special deals they might have for our guests at that time. 

To visit Buccaneer Diving website click HERE 

To see the tide table for Mombasa click HERE 






Oh God, thy sea is so great, and my boat is so small”


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