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Address: Watamu 80202, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 42 2332420
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07:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Aqua Ventures is an owner operated company established in Watamu in January...

Aqua Ventures is an owner operated company established in Watamu in January 1990.

Steve and Helen Curtis, the proud owners of the company, have successfully managed Aqua Ventures and moulded it into what is considered one of Kenya's leading dive centres.

Steve an ex-military diver from Zimbabwe has been diving in Kenya since 1982.

Helen, Kenyan by birth, has been diving since 1989.

Watamu, being the first established Marine Park and reserve in Kenya, with its superior underwater topography and uncluttered beaches made it the natural location for Steve and Helen to start their business.

From humble beginnings at the Ocean Sports Resort, Aqua Ventures operates three diving boats and has a well equipped diving centre with 3 compressors and over 50 sets of well maintained diving equipment.

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Excellent dive school

Steve, Sian, Helen and Dom very professional and extremely relaxed and friendly. Sian was very welcoming, and gave me loads of tips as to what I should be doing when not diving... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 November 2013
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

We came to Kenya to do volunteering work in Nairobi and decided to travel to watamu specifically to dive. I contacted aqua ventures and after a few polite email exchanges and a phone call I booked two dives. I confirmed my dives the night before via email and was ready and excited to dive. We woke up at 6:30, had... More 

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Thank Gpiacentini
Helen C, Owner at Aqua Ventures, responded to this review

Dear Giovanni, In response to your comments - we are sorry you were so inconvenienced but believe us we were also taken by surprise.This Strike was nothing to do with us but the local boat operators were stopping people from using the park/reserve until their demands were met. We had it in writing from the Local Boat Operators that the... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

Steve, Sian, Helen and Dom very professional and extremely relaxed and friendly. Sian was very welcoming, and gave me loads of tips as to what I should be doing when not diving. They insisted on a pool refresher as it was a while since I had dived - and it was the most thorough refresher I had ever had. Steve's... More 

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Thank ruth304
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

I have just completed my PADI Advanced Open Water with Aqua Ventures Located in Watamu, Kenya. The scuba school is a family ran business with dive instructor Steve Curtis heading the team. As soon as I met Steve and his team it was apparent that they were very passionate about the diving school and what benefits I could gain from... More 

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Thank Carl P P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

I have dived with Helen and Steve at Aqua Ventures a number of times now and will continue to bring friends to learn and enjoy the experience as well. The staff are very thorough, friendly and extremely knowledgable on the local marine life. I wouldn't dive with anyone else in Kenya :)

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Thank MairHewittStubbs
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

This was my first ever dive and to be honest I was nervous prior to starting the PADI course. I need not have worried, the staff were amazing, very patient and put me at ease from the start, guiding me through the whole process and giving me individual attention.The staff were very knowledgeable on the marine flora and fauna, they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013

I went round a couple of dive schools in Watamu before deciding on Aqua to do the PADI Advanced Open Water course, and I was glad I chose them. Highly competent instruction, well maintained equipment and friendly staff/instructors, all made this an excellent experience. THe water visibility was not terribly good at the time but I was more focused on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2013

I stayed there for a week diving everyday on a full board package. The accommodation is very good, clean, spacious, a turn down service each evening and a hot drink to wake up to. All chalets are sea facing with great views. The Dive Team were brilliant with bags of enthusiasm. A different dive site for each of my 8... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

It is now 33 years, that I started diving ion the Bahamas. Eversince I travelled the world and have been diving here and there. Never have I had the priviledge to be diving with such a professional equipe! Steve and his crew are actually briefing their divers; a detailed map of each and every dive spot is thoroughly explained and... More 

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Thank Krishnagg S
Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2012

It was our first diving trip to kenya, and Aqua Ventures was our third diving-base there. As we are diving beginners, we felt absolutely save with the crew of Aqua Ventures. In oposite to other bases, they presented the fillingstation of the tanks and we got an excelent briefing. The Instructors are well trained and took very good care of... More 

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Thank S L
Marseille, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2012

I did a double dive with them and I was very happy about it (125$ with the park fee). The equipment is very good, and the atmosphere very friendly. This is as professional as it can be. They charge an extra 6% if you pay with a credit card; but there are ATMs in the city. If you go to... More 

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