Thursday, April 4, 2013

Snorkeling in Mombasa, Kenya.




What is Snorkeling?

Snorkeling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and usually fins. In cooler waters, a wetsuit may also be worn. Use of this equipment allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort.

Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity, particularly at tropical resort and scuba diving locations. The primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving. It appeals to all ages because of how little effort there is, and without the exhaled bubbles of scuba-diving equipment.

Snorkeling is also employed by scuba divers when on the surface, and search and rescue teams may snorkel as part of a water-based search. It is also a means to an end in underwater sports such as underwater hockey, underwater rugby and spearfishing.


I was on a vacation to Mombasa, Kenya in February it was a big relief from the freezing weather of Delhi at that time and here are some of the interesting pictures that I wish to show. We did Snorkeling at the Bamburi Beach, Marine Park, Mombasa...


Imagine how much fun Snorkeling can be! :)



                              
Where can you Snorkel?

In case you wish to snorkel or dive in Mombasa, you have to travel to Bamburi beach, Marine park. There you will asked to pay a rent for a glass boat, snorkeling equipment's, life preserves and two lifeguards/scuba divers/ boatmen to accompany you.


On The BEACH!!.....

Make sure you carry a swimsuit, swimming cap, trunks, sunglasses, waterproof SPF 100+ sports with you!!







Once you are ready for your great adventure they will take you on a glass boat in the shallow sea, so that you can practice snorkeling before going into the deep coral reef of minimum 30 feet.





Practice snorkeling in shallow waters before going into deep sea, try to get use to the euipment, it looks fun but if you do not practice properly you can face trouble in deep waters.





You can find amazing things in the Shallow Waters too. Take a look at this creature in my hand its not a porcupine but a fish which eats sand to survive.





Now, I found a beautiful Star fish!!






Enough Practice, Lets go into deep sea where we can snorkel, give a thumb's up to your lifeguards / boatsmen and then they will take you the coral reef where you can see sea creatures in their natural environment.




To swim into the deep sea you need to wear these flexible fins, just like one's which fish have..They are a little uncomfortable outside the water so be careful while walking.....






We were taken on a glass boat, which just means that the bottom of the boat is made of glass so that you can see the fishes in the sea clearly...

like this....glass boat bottom





Once you are comfortable with the equipment, show a thumbs up to the divers and jump off the  big beautiful sea, take a deep breath before jumping otherwise sea water can enter you lungs and make you breathless..





Be careful, while jumping in to the deep sea, My hubby jumped without taking a deep breath with his mouth open, so he swallowed a sea weed and got breathless.





To the rescue, since I am a good swimmer I ran to his help, we also had two scuba divers/ lifeguards along with us on the boat to help us!! so, don't worry and don't do anything stupid..







While swimming in the deep sea do not go to far off, Harrison our lifeguard told us that one Swedish national went ahead to far and became Shark Food!! "OUCH"!!!

I snorkeled for 30 minutes in the coral reef ranging between 20-30 feet, you are not allowed to go beyond that without scuba training and equipment.

 I saw the most beautiful sea creatures in the sea fishes, turtles, starfishes, prawns in their natural habitat..




There will be loads of other glass boats around, be careful not to go to close to them as they all have motorised blades in the rear, getting to near to that can be lethal.





Mission Accomplished!!

 I enjoyed the whole experience and came back with a smile if you follow the rules and regulations, breath properly with your equipment snorkeling is real fun..

Try to get a few swimming lessons before you go for snorkeling, that will build up your confidence. I am a swimmer since the age of 10.








            What did I see???? just take a look below.....












Do not Forget:


  • To carry your swimsuit and swimming trunks.
  • Waterproof Sunscreen Sports 100+.
  • Sunglasses with UVA and UVB.
  • Flat, Slippers or Crocs.
  • Take few swimming lessons.
  • Do not cross more than 30 feet as it is dangerous, there are loads of sharks after 50 feet they would love to eat you!! 
  • If you hurt or cut yourself or if blood starts oozing out run back to your glass boat, you can attract sharks towards you
  • To travel to Kenya you need to get a Yellow Fever vaccination.
  • Visa is on Arrival $50 per person.
  • Purchasing exotic skins and hunting animals is banned in Kenya.
  • To not tease or feed the animals.
  • Carry along a SPF 50+ with you.
  • Do not wear gold on the streets.
  • Carry fashion or costume jewellery with you.
  • DSLR Camera and Video Camera.
  • Extra SD cards and Pen drives 16 GB.
  • You laptop if required.


Must Buy and Try

  • Amarula Drink
  • Amarula Chocolates
  • Souvenirs 
  • Patrick Mavros Silver, Nairobi
  • Food at Nyali Beach, Diani beach - South Coast
  • Food at Village Market, Nairobi
  • Indian Street Food at Diamond Plaza, Nairobi
  • Ethopian Food
  • Kenyan Food
  • Kenya Coffee and Kilimanjaro Coffee
  • Arrow Root Chip
  • Butternut Soup
  • Kasava root or Chips
  • Macdamia Nuts
  • Amazing Seafood

Adventures in Kenya:


                                             


"Hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures of my little adventure next time make a trip of snorkeling :) !!"


Your Faithfully, TravelBug





* References: Wikipedia



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