Kisite Mupnguti Marine park
Kisite Mupnguti Marine park Diani Reviews
Exotic Adventure Feb 10, 2011
Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park
Kenya has since the 1970’s established a string of protected marine reserves and National Parks. The Mpunguti and Kisite, which jointly gained its status as a Marine Reserve and Park in 1978, actually consists of the inner and outer Mpunguti Islands and Kisite Island. Kisite covers 11 sq km while Mpunguti Reserve covers 28 sq km. The Marine National Park is situated about 100 km from Mombasa and is accessible by boat from Shimoni – a small fishing village in Kwale District close to the border of Tanzania.
From Shimoni to the reefs in Kisite-Mpunguti it’s a 4-8 km boat ride and on the way you pass beautiful and unspoiled Wasini Island. Due to visibility, depth, wind and waves – it is preferable to arrive at the reef for snorkeling around low tide. The exact time of the high and low tides varies every day so it’s a good idea to check the tide time tables at the hotel before booking a Dhow trip to Kiste-Mpunguti. The dhows anchor at the edge of the reefs at depths between 4 and 8m. From here you will have to swim forth and back to the reef, but the dhows should carry safety jackets and other floating devices to support the less experienced swimmers. After a couple of hours of snorkeling an excellent seafood lunch can be had – either on the boat or on Wasini island, depending on which company you book with. If the wind and tide permits, the dhows usually return to Shimoni by sail in the afternoon. In Shimoni there is an opportunity to visit the old slave caves where thousands of slaves from the inland where being held captive.
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