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Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters

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Knowledgeable and respectful whale shark watching

More expensive but worth it! Starting with the included breakfast we got a in-depth introduction... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bobjoz
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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If could award 6 stars, we would!

Our main reason for choosing Mafia Island as our honeymoon destination was the opportunity to swim... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mazgarvey
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london
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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...more
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Mafia Island 23000, Tanzania
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The thing with special occasion is that they are special and can only be lived once. We therefore made a point of informing Kitu Kiblu that ours is one of those special occasions, our sons 10th birthday. We gave Kitu Kiblu all information about our...More

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TanzaniandeVil, Owner at Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Martina, I am very sorry about your unfortunate experience. We must take responsibility for what happened but so must you. I have been taking people to swim with whale sharks for 10 years and I have seldom experienced the like of this saga. Many,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

More expensive but worth it! Starting with the included breakfast we got a in-depth introduction into the whale shark and the do’s and don’ts of snorkeling with these majestic sharks. On the boat the spotters were trying to find the whale shark shadows while we...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our main reason for choosing Mafia Island as our honeymoon destination was the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, which we did, and it was awesome! We went with Kitu Kiblu, they are more expensive than some of the other operators, but you get to...More

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TanzaniandeVil, Owner at Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. If I could give you 6 kisses we would! I'm glad you said "right alongside the whale shark's head" and not on top of or right in front. The drop in position (and technique) is important....More

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
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!

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.

Thank richard M
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.

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

1  Thank randi f
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.

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

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

Thank you..I'm blushing

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
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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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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