Wasini Island accommodation, Kenya

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Responsible tourism: Wasini Island accommodation, Kenya

Environment

Our cottages are built with local material such as mangrove wood and sandstones cut manually on the island. Mortar use has been kept at a minimum by mixing cement with a high percentage of clay rich sand, and by building with special care. The houses are not plastered, neither inside nor outside.
We entirely rely on solar energy and collected rain water. Only when communal and private cisterns are exhausted, fresh water is being fetched from the mainland. Fluid waste is used for watering plants and solid human waste is being composted to avoid any contamination of the soil or sea. Guests are asked to take their toxic waste such as batteries and medicine back to the mainland for their proper disposal. Waste production is kept at a minimum by using fresh and local products. Bottled water is offered in large containers (5 liters) to reduce unnecessary waste. We try our utmost to keep our footprint on earth as small as possible and invite our guests to share this beneficial experience with us.

Community

We buy all material and goods needed as far as possible on the island itself. By doing so, funds generated by our tourism project are distributed to a large extent again on the island and to its inhabitants. Persons carrying out any manual labor are found within the community. Being locals ourselves, income is distributed back to a high degree on the island to the extended family as customary in the Muslim society. We volunteer ourselves in the local primary school and additionally arrange work stays for foreign volunteers. Local welfare, community, and conservation projects are presented on our website and furthermore introduced to all guests staying on our premises. We participate in several conservation projects and thereby invest our time, knowledge, and experience to the benefit of the community. We hope that by sharing this way of life with our guests, we can help to spread the concept of sustainable living into the world and improve the situation of everyone.

Reviews of Wasini Island accommodation, Kenya

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The remoteness of the island, the hosts and the incredible evening dinners!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


To be aware that this is very basic, simple living ie no running water (bucket showers), and electricity. So for those wanting a bit more luxury, it may not be for them.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The food was cooked by a local person and cleaning done by locals so in this respect, yes, it benefited the community.
Very low environmental impact indeed.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a very special place, really unique and memorable.

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Peace and tranquility of Blue Monkey Cottages on Wasini and the tasty Swahili home cooking

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go as a couple - this is an ideal getaway for two.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a much needed peaceful break. Amina & Feisal are very friendly and attentive hosts.

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


the food at Blue Monkey on Wasini Island was the best on our East Africa tour in Kenya.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


make sure you bring some flip flops for walking at low tide. Be prepared to relax and enjoy Blue Money's remarkable and friendly hospitality.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a very relaxing stay and we were taken care of like guests just showed up for a short stay.

REVIEW- BLUE MONKEY
If you’ve already been to Nairobi, Mombasa or even the tourist town of Diani then you’ll especially enjoy the tiny island of Wasini for its peace and quiet and laid back lifestyle. When we booked our three day stay (fourth day was free) we really
didn’t know quite what to expect. We travel quite a bit so have learned to keep expectations to a minimum.
But on occasion we find a place like Blue Monkey cottage and are blown away, reaching the high rung on the expectation ladder.
Our ride let us off at the dock across the bay from Wasini island. Our boat was ready to go and with the help of a few smiling locals loaded us and our luggage aboard and off we went. As often time happens there, the tide is out and I mean
way out. No problem we get out and start shuffling along the bay floor, (flip flops recommended) again are helped to our destination and climb a steep ladder to the cottage we will call home for the next four days.
We were met with the smiling face of our host Feisal who is the male half of the husband and wife team who own and operate the Blue Monkey. Unfortunately Amina was away visiting.

The cottage we stayed in was small but cozy and built out of rock and wood by Feisal who also served us breakfast and dinner in a room with a great view upstairs above our cottage. The food we’d be eating so far on the trip was mostly boring and always instant coffee. Feisal with the help of a relative in the village changed all that. It was the best food we’d had in Kenya and fresh brewed coffee every morning with refills. We mostly had fish so fresh it was swimming earlier that day.
On our last dinner on the island Feisal purchased a couple of good size crabs and to top it off, we had flan for dessert.
Wow!

Through our internet correspondence we discovered to our delight Feisal had a small Dhou and agreed to take us sailing. For two days we’d hear Feisal out on his 22 ft Dhou hammering and sawing away most of the day. Turns out it was built a few months earlier by a friend and Feisal was putting the finishing touches to the boat he later that afternoon, christened The Blue Whale. Late one afternoon he’s ready to go and the tide and the wind are just right. One of those pinch me moments as we’re sailing towards the sunset on the Indian Ocean. I was even allowed to take the helm for a while. Cross that off my bucket list.

So what did we do all day? Not much actually. We relaxed mostly, although we did walk the length of the island on two separate days. Not much to see or do. We could have booked a snorkel trip and there are big Dhous for day trips. We opted
to take walks and catch up on some reading. The villagers we met were friendly.
Blue Monkey and Wasini Island is not for everyone. There’s no ground water or electricity. The Blue Monkey’s shower is a scoop with cold water over your head and body. It’s warm there so we sort of got used to it. Feisal has also installed a flush toilet using sea water. The cottage has solar so you can charge batteries. A couple of hanging camp showers and they’d be really uptown. All in all the whole Blue Monkey and Wasini Island experience was one of those rare places that exceeded our expectations.

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