Kenya Scuba Expedition

Become PADI certified as you explore the underwater world of the Indian Ocean. Alongside learning about Kenyan culture as you work side-by-side with our locally employed craftsmen on community improvement projects.

  • Location Kenya, Africa
  • Duration 8 days
  • Expedition Type Service Expeditions

Learn to scuba in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean where you can spot all kinds of tropical fish and marine life. Become immersed in the local culture, learning traditional skills and making a measurable impact through a variety of community development initiatives. There will also be time to take in the scenery and truly appreciate Kenya’s spectacular coastline with a boat trip to Wasini Island on a traditional dhow.


A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

  • Expedition Leader
  • All meals
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • All accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers mentioned are in private vehicles
  • Project costs and management
  • 24 hour support throughout expedition

*Flights and Travel Insurance are excluded from this trip. However should you wish to include them, then we can quote accordingly.

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Welcome to Kenya On arrival at Mombasa airport, you will be met by a member of our team who will transfer you to our Ocean Camp. Here you will receive a camp orientation and briefing on what you’ll be getting up to over the next 8 days.
Day 2 – 5 PADI Open Water Dive Course Over the next 4 days, you will be learning to scuba dive with PADI. The course will be a mixture of classroom learning, poolside practice and open water dives in the Indian Ocean where you may have the chance to spot turtles and reef sharks. By the end of the course, you will be certified by PADI to dive up to 18 metres.
Day 6 Wasini island After breakfast, you will head out of our Ocean Camp and spend the day in style on an unforgettable boat trip to the beautiful Wasini Island. You’ll embark on a full day excursion on a traditional wooden dhow with the chance to spot some dolphins if you’re lucky! After returning to shore, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Shimoni caves. These caves are steeped in history as this was where captured slaves from nearby communities were held before they were shipped around the world. In the evening, you will be transferred to Camp Muhaka where you will have a well-earned dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Day 7 Community project work In the Muhaka region, there are many vulnerable families and elders whose homes have fallen into disrepair. The schools here are also critically underfunded and in need of support. You will spend the day working alongside our locally employed craftsmen to help improve these facilities.
Day 8 Kwaheri from Kenya Today you will be transferred back to the airport where you will say your final goodbyes to the team before boarding your flight home.

How you’ll make a difference

You’ll work on a range of projects throughout your expedition, each aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and designed to make a significant and lasting impact on the region’s most critical issues.

housing and welfare

Kenya – Community development and coastal forest protection

Muhaka village remains one of the poorest communities in Kenya. You will help to support community development projects such as traditional house building and school improvements. You may also work on our reforestation projects within the sacred Kaya forest, an important habitat home to many species of monkeys.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere


Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all


Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls


Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for al


Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries


Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts


Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development


Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Experience the local way of life in our authentic camps

Our camps are the heart of our expeditions. Built and staffed by locals in the traditional style, and located within the heart of communities, they are the perfect place to relax after a day of project work. You’ll get to stay in a number of camps during your expedition, which could include those featured below.

Camp Muhaka

Camp Muhaka

Camp Muhaka will quickly become your home away from home. With stylish traditional buildings and a great social scene, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Being in the heart of the village also has its perks; all your project sites are only a short walk away and you can walk with the children to and from school so you’ll be a local in no time!

  • Location: 1.5-2 hours drive from Mombasa Airport
  • Accommodation style: Traditional bandas and tents
  • Bed Type: Comfy mattresses and bedding.
  • Toilets: Modern toilets
  • Showers: Modern showers and sinks
  • Power: Mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:00 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
  • Social area: Based right in the heart of the community, in walking distance to project sites and a short drive to the beach. Chill out zone with camp fire and pool table
  • Signature dish: Ugali & Rice

Kenya was completely unique and such a brilliant experience. Between the work, locals, fellow travellers and scuba diving there was never a dull moment. One of the best choices of my life.

Mark, Camp Kenya 2018

Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.


I am truly honoured to have been working with Camps International for over 10 years, driving our travellers in my ‘Disco Truck’! I enjoy taking everyone safely to project sites and seeing how they are helping to change peoples lives. I love what I do!

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