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The Sands at Chale Island

4 star hotel
Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Kenya
60 rooms
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Diving the Crab - Chale Island

PADI 5 Star Dive Resort
Max 4 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Remote 4* island resort in Southern Kenya
  • Inside a nature reserve, 600m from the mainland
  • Private white sand beach, mighty coral reef
  • Air-conditioned, spacious guestrooms
  • Locally inspired decor, antique furnishings 
  • African and Mediterranean cuisine
  • Snorkelling, kayaking, deep sea fishing

Enhanced Health Measures

Date of last update:Feb 2, 2023

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All necessary procedures given by the Kenyan Government are implicated!

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Booking process


Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot


We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final


You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 55%
  • 44 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

STANDARD CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel your trip 17 days or less prior to your arrival date, you will forfeit 100%; if you cancel between 17 and 21 days, you will forfeit 75% ; if you cancel between 21 and 36 days , you will forfeit 55%; 5% if you cancel 36 days or more  prior to your arrival date.

SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TERMS: From now to October 31, 2020,  you can cancel your trip up to 3 days prior to your arrival date with no penalty.

Explore diving around the The Sands at Chale Island

Dive Center


  • PADI Dive Resort on Chale Island
  • Established in 1985, lots of local experience
  • Pelagics, schools of reef fish and macro life
  • Chance to see whale sharks (Nov-Feb)
  • 'Pure Air' certified tank filling proceedures


Diving the Crab - Chale Island is an experienced PADI Dive Resort in Southern Kenya.

The main dive center is based on Diani Beach, around 30 minutes from Chale Island. However, Chale Island has it's own base, complete with an experienced base leader and dive guide.  

Diving the Crab has been taking people diving since 1985, making them one of Kenya's most established and reputable dive operations. 

Top experiences include Kinondo Reef (full of fish and larger pelagics), incredible macro life and the chance to see whalesharks (Nov- Feb). 

Equipment is well maintained and the team were recently awarded the 'Pure Air' certification for the quality and cleanliness of their tank filling proceedures. 

Every month, Diving the Crab works with the marine centre to educate and organize large beach clean-up events. Strong swimmers target areas which are only accessible via boat, while the rest of the community targets beaches accessible from road. The support from the community is amazing!

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Dive boat facilities

  • Drinking Water
  • Custom Built
  • Surface Interval Snacks
  • Dry Area
  • Seating Area
  • Camera Table
  • Tea And Coffee
  • Shaded Space
  • Ladder

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Filling Station

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

Dive Center Facilities

  • Onsite Training Pool
  • Waterfront Location
  • House Reef

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Other

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort

Resort Amenities

Good for...

  • Remote Getaways


  • Sunset Cruises
  • Live Music
  • Cultural Excursions

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Babysitting/Child Services


  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)
  • Cash (Local Currency)


  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Beach Volleyball

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Halal Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Yoga

Resort Description

The Sands at Chale Island is a 4* island resort near Diani Beach in Southern Kenya. 

The island is located 600 meters from the mainland, inside a large nature reserve and in front of a private white sand beach, protected by a mighty coral reef.  

The resort offers an exquisite blend of nature, comfort and elegance. All guest spaces are decorated with a mix of Swahili style, Italian Stucko works, antique furniture and African art. 

There are 3 swimming pools with sun beds and parasols, plus a spa and fitness area. 

How to get there


  • The resort will arrange to pick you up and drop you off at Mombasa Airport or Ukunda Airstrip in an air conditioned minibus (advance notice required, additional cost).
  • Check in time is 12pm. 


  • Check out time is 10am. 
  • The resort will drop you back at Mombasa Airport or Ukunda Airstrip (advance notice required, additonal cost).


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