Deep Sea Fishing

*Departure from the mooring is 16:00 and return is by 10:00 the next morning
**Departure is at 06:30 and return is the following afternoon at 16:30

Typical Itineraries:

The boat is moored in a lagoon that is subject to wide tidal variations so planning is crucial. We try and leave the mooring by 06:30 so as to get you to the fishing grounds as early as possible to take advantage of the early ‘bite’. Should it be that the bite is happening later in the day, then departure times will be adjusted accordingly.

It is important to note that due to the geographical nature of the anchorage, should the Captain on the day of departure decide that for any reason there may a weather condition that may compromise the safety of the Clients, the Crew and the Boat, then he has the sole right to postpone or cancel the trip. Every effort will be made to either re-book the trip at the earliest possible opportunity or a refund for monies paid will be arranged. Contact us for more info

Half Day (6 Hour) Trip

Depart mooring at 06:30 and there is a safety briefing on board by the crew before leaving the ‘mlango’ (Kiswahili for door) which is the passage to the open sea.
Depending on the target species, the Captain will first look for schools of bait so as to have the best opportunity to hook a large fish as fresh bait is better than frozen bait.

The boat will them motor out to the fishing grounds for between 15 minutes and 45 minutes then the lines are set by the crew and the fishing begins in earnest.

When a fish comes in to the bait spread depending on your level of skill the crew will hook the fish for you or you can try your hand at hooking the fish and fighting it to the boat.

Once at the boat, billfish are tagged, and once they are settled down and in the process of ensuring that they will survive is on going, then there is an opportunity to have a photo with the fish. The fish is then released, and the sequence is repeated.

Coffee or tea will be served shortly after leaving the beach and when the fishing proper starts, along with local delicacies. Traditional sandwiches are also available, as is water and soft drinks.

Return to the mooring is usually 6,5 hours after departure, and again very dependent on the tide. Contact us for more info

Full Day (10 Hours) Trip

The procedure is the same as with the half day trip however, on this trip one can target Marlin better as there is more time available to get right out in to the middle of the Pemba channel. Departure for full day is 06:30.

It is also possible to try daytime Broadbill Swordfish fishing which entails keeping the boat relatively stationary and dropping a bait with hooks in it down to depth of 500m. This method has proved to be quite successful along the Kenya Coast.

On this trip, a full sandwich lunch is provided, and should you be fortunate enough to catch a small fish in the morning session, then the crew will prepare a hot lunch on board.

Return to the mooring is around 16:30 and time for a cool drink at the bar to reflect on the day’s events. Contact us for more info

Night Trip

This trip entails leaving the mooring at 16:00 and motoring out to the night fishing grounds which are usually further out to sea as the Broadbill Swordfish like deep water.

Arrival in the designated area is just before sunset and the luminous lures baited with squid and with a chemical light stick attached are prepared and set out. One is lowered on the down rigger, and one each on the out riggers. And the slow trolling will continue through the night.

Night where there is no moon are usually better as when there is any light the Broadbill do not come to the surface to feed. Any fish caught will be tagged and then a photo opportunity will be given, depending on how the fish is behaving.

A hot dinner will be served, and plenty of hot coffee and tea will be available to keep the night chill at bay.

Come sunrise, there may be an opportunity to try for the very early bite that often happens depending on where you are fishing after which the boat will head for home, arriving back by 10:00. A light breakfast will be offered prior to beginning the journey home. Contact us for more info


This trip is actually two full daylight fishing trips combined with a night of slow trolling for Broadbill Swordfish. It is meant for those real hardcore enthusiasts who may be looking to get a Grand Slam (3 bill fish species in one trip) Super Grand Slam (4 billfish species in one trip) or a Fantasy Slam (5 billfish species in one trip). It is interesting to note that Kenya has the distinction of having the most number of Fantasy Slams in the world!

Departure is at 06:30 on Day 1 and return is at 16:30 on Day 2. All meals will be served on board as with the other trips, and there is a toilet and shower facilities on board for those who may want to freshen up. Contact us for more info

Sea Mountain Trip

This excursion is probably the most exciting, but is offered on condition that a second boat will accompany Shuwari. The reason is that the Sea Mountain is 80km off shore, and from a safety point, in the event of an emergency, it is safer to have another boat in the vicinity.

Departure is 05:30 on Day 1 and we motor out for around 1,5 hours then start to fish when we are about 25km from the Sea Mountain. The only fish that will be kept on this day are those that will be used for the meals on board. All other fish will be released.

It is very common to get a late afternoon bite from Yellowfin and Big Eye Tuna. All those on day 1 will be released. The night fishing will be slow trolling for Broadbill Swordfish.

In the early morning, with the early morning bite, it is exciting to have continuous multiple strikes of tuna, and then trying to live bait for marlin that are often amongst the schools of tuna.

At around 11:00 the trip home begins slowly fishing back towards the ‘malango’ and then a fast run the final 10km home.

This is by far the most exciting trip, as the quantities and size of fish encountered is larger than is found closer in to shore.

Because the Sea Mountain is in the open sea, we choose to go there when it is relatively calm. The best times to go are November/December and late March. Contact us for more info

Sea Safari Options

With the variety of fisheries along the Kenya coast, we can offer clients the option of fishing say in Watamu, 80km to the North of Diani, where at certain times of the year, within a 5 square kilometre area, the sea has plenty of wahoo, yellow fin tuna, black marlin, sailfish. Th area known as the ‘Watamu banks’ is literally 30 minutes from the Watamu anchorage so the excitement begins very early with a trip through ‘Sail Alley’ where catches of up to 5 sailfish in a hour are not uncommon.

Another option is to fish off Malindi, which is really the sailfish capital of the coast. One can reach Malindi from Watamu, or have the boat based in Malindi harbour.

Further North there is the tuna rich area of Ziwayu, and then Lamu and Kiwayu.

Should any of these options interest you, please do contact us for prices. Contact us for more info