Distant Relatives Eco Lodge

One of the most frequent questions that we get about the diving internship is “what is the dive internship accommodation like?”. After all you are going to be spending a long time with us with the different dive internships lasting from 2 weeks all the way up to seven months and longer if you decide to stay and teach for a while with Buccaneer Diving or do PADI Instructor continuing education courses.

What is the Dive Internship Accommodation Like?

Ok in a short answer to the question, the dive internship accommodation is provided at Distant Relatives Eco Lodge in Kilifi which is a charming Eco-friendly backpacker resort where you will be amongst friends and have a place to relax and study during your time away from the dive centre.

Distant Relatives is located right on Kilifi Creek and reached from the dive centre by a boat across the creek, unless you want to take the longer way around via the road. You can swim in the emerald waters of the creek or in the resort’s swimming pool. Other common facilities at Distant Relatives include a communal kitchen for cooking your own meals if you would like, reading room, and large communal area with sofas and a bar where you can relax with other divers and travellers after a day underwater.

We recognise that interns are on different budgets and might want different privacy levels and we can cater for all types on our dive internship accommodation packages. Distant Relatives offers four different types of accommodation.


For those of you who are adventurous or want their own space but are on a tight budget then Distant Relatives has its own safari tented camp area with large tents equipped with two single beds, lamps, carpets, bedside tables and mosquito nets. This gives you the real feeling of Africa and being closer to nature.


The most popular choice for GAP year interns and the more sociable interns, there are two eight-person dorms at Distant Relatives set inside beautiful thatched makuti roofs. The beds are very spacious and super comfortable and the openness of the dorms provides an extremely airy and relaxing environment.

Single Rooms

For those of you who are looking for a little more privacy, for a small amount more you can have a single room equipped with an en-suite shower and a large double bed with the option to add a third bed if you are travelling with children.

Family / Group Rooms

If you are a group of friends or a family who would like to share a room then there is the option to have the family room which is equipped with one large double bed and a set of bunk beds. The family rooms have their own shower and toilet enclosed in a charming private courtyard.

All rooms and beds are equipped with mosquito nets and provide a relaxing place for you to chill when you are not diving. Distant Relatives’ location by the sea really makes this a dream setting.

Check out the photos below to get a better idea

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