Kitesurfing and beach life on the Kenya coast


Welcoming the Season of Sailing and Fishing at Che Shale

We worship the wind and obsess about wind forecast most of the year.  But the kiting season takes its annual “no wind” break and we welcome the start of the gentle Matalai season in November.

Che Shale during Matelai season is also all about long walks on the beach, gentle swims in warm, clear water. The perfectly calm conditions are ideal for morning kayak or SUP sessions. now wake up to glassy ocean, perfectly still sunrise. It is Matalai season on the Kenya coast.

With Matalai season, we also welcome beautiful days of sailing, snorkeling and big game fishing – right at your doorstep at Che Shale.

dhow sailing kenya coast sawa sawa

Our two boats, Sawa Sawa and SNARK, have returned to Che Shale from now until April.

Tempting and inviting our guests to explore our vast sailing and fishing grounds, Sawa Sawa and SNARK are two very popular boats, each with  their unique story.

Five years ago, Justin and his crew sailed Sawa Sawa all the way from Mozambique, where she was hand-built in East African tradition. It took the crew roughly a month to sail from Mozambique to Che Shale, gently pushed by the Southernly Kusi winds.

Get away for the day on Sawa Sawa, a spacious and comfortable traditional East African dhow.

lunch on sawa sawa dhow excursion Che Shale

SNARK carries with her a lot of Kenya’s big-game fishing history and heritage.

SNARK big game fishing Che Shale

Originally owned by the well-known Kingfisher family, she is has been lovingly looked after. We restored her hull back to her original hardwood, it is a natural look that is very Che Shale.

Billfish fishing season is from now until late March. Join us on SNARK for an action-packed day.

Every season brings with it different experiences for our guests to fill their days on the beach and on the ocean.

And no matter the season, you can always count on miles of secluded beach, warm service, and rustic authenticity everywhere you turn at Che Shale.

Email us or call to get information and rates for sailing & snorkeling with Sawa Sawa and fishing with SNARK off Che Shale from November through April.









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