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Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters

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Mafia Island 23000, Tanzania
+255 784 520 799
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Best organized whale shark encounters

Very responsible indeed as the owner takes the time to brief people about whale sharks and what to... read more

Reviewed June 1, 2018
Juliane R
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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2 lovely days on the water

No luck the first day finding the whale sharks, but got a second day for half price and we found... read more

Reviewed March 21, 2018
richard M
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Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters offers half-day trips to individuals and groups who wish to view and hopefully swim with whale sharks, learn about their biology and ongoing conservation issues and efforts. Your itinerary: pick up at 6am from hotel, breakfast and educational briefing, whale shark search on a traditional sailing dhow, snorkeling, return to camp for showers & debrief!
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Mafia Island 23000, Tanzania
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Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

Very responsible indeed as the owner takes the time to brief people about whale sharks and what to do or not to do. Highly recommended and would return anytime!

Thank Juliane R
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TanzaniandeVil, Owner at Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to post a review Juliane. Welcome back anytime!

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Reviewed March 21, 2018

No luck the first day finding the whale sharks, but got a second day for half price and we found one! It had been stormy so it was amazing that they spotted it. Excellent service, quality gear, and friendly, knowledgeable staff.

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TanzaniandeVil, Owner at Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to post a review and for reminding everyone that sometimes Nature hasn't read the script and a bit of perseverance might be required.

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Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

I strongly recommend choosing this company for your whale safari! We had an amazing day which started off with breakfast and interesting information about whale sharks. A marin biologist is present on the boat and shares a lot of information and answers all of your...More

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Reviewed March 6, 2018

I had a fantastic day out with Jean Devilliers and two others...I had just arrived the night before at Jean and Anne's really fantastic treehouse hotel and the next morning I was up early for a day on the boat looking for whale sharks. Jean...More

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TanzaniandeVil, Owner at Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review Kitru Kiblu and Chole Mjini. Do come back again someday soon.

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Reviewed February 21, 2018

It's has been ages I was looking for whale sharks and I have been lucky enough to succeed to get the best tour guide of the area. Jean is the unexpecting biologist man who will get you close to these amazing animals and make sure...More

Thank Cgergaud
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TanzaniandeVil, Owner at Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2018

Thank you..I'm blushing

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Reviewed February 21, 2018 via mobile

If you're planning a whale shark tour go with Jean at Kitu Kiblu. He is the best and most responsible guide you will find and you will have an amazing time! We saw and swam with these wonderful creatures and loved every minute of it.

Thank Juli K
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Reviewed February 7, 2018 via mobile

My husband & I visited Mafia in Feb 2018 and had the privilege of spending half a day with Kitu Kiblu while we were there. The whole experience is one we will never forget. You are collected from your hotel at 6am and taken to...More

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TanzaniandeVil, Owner at Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to write so glowingly about your experience with our team. We cannot do much about whether or not we see sharks on any particular day but we can feel satisfied when our team does a great job....More

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Reviewed January 29, 2018

We, family of 4, had an amazing day on the ocean with Kitu Kiblu! After breakfast and a safety briefing we headed out to see if we could find whale sharks. We were lucky and found a shark very quickly, and spent most of the...More

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Reviewed January 8, 2018

Our family had an incredible morning with Kitu Kiblu and many, many whale sharks. We were very lucky to spend time in and out of the water with these gentle giants. We received a briefing upon arrival with rules and expectations. All very professional for...More

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TanzaniandeVil, Owner at Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words. Your video will help our spot-pattern ID efforts. I should however point out that we are not a volunteer-run organization. I'm sorry if we created a false impression. I and my team of permanent local staff run...More

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Reviewed January 2, 2018

From the moment we arrived to when we left, exhausted and elated by our encounters with the whale sharks we were well briefed and well looked after (including breakfast and snacks). The company's whole rationale is to study and protect these creatures by educating the...More

Thank AnneFrancesUk
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CholeMjini, Owner at Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2018

Thank you!

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In your stay, as part of the price, certain daily activities are included. There are additional trips and activities that are provided for a fee. The free and paid excursions were listed on their website when we travelled... More
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