About Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve :
Size: 39sq km. (Kisite Park: 28km2. Mpunguti Reserve: 11km2).
Location: Kwale District, Coast Province. The Marine Park lies 11 kms off the Kenyan Coast (at Shimoni) and 8 kms north of the Tanzanian boarder.
Distance from Nairobi: 574 kms. Distance from Mombasa: 90 kms.
The Park can only be reached by boat. (Kisite Marine National Park, KWS HQ is 200 meters south of the main Shimoni Pier).
What To Do:
Bird watching, Camping, Diving, Snorkelling, Slave caves, Turtle Territory, Dolphin and Whale Spotting.
When To Go:
The Park is open all year round. Snorkeling is good throughout the year but the sea gets rough between April and July during South East monsoon winds.
Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park is located in the south coast of Mombasa close to Wasini Island. This unspoiled, beautiful marine park was established to protect the scenic islands and special habitats of a wide range of endemic marine animals and breeding migratory birds. It lies in the coral gardens south of Wasini Island and encompasses three small coral rag forest islands, each with considerable areas of fringing reef.
Kisite Island is primarily a small, undergrowth coral island with significant environmental value as avi-fauna breeding grounds, especially for migrating crab plovers and roseate terns. This is one of the most rewarding snorkelling locations at the coast. Visitors can also enjoy bird watching, diving and of course, sunbathing.
While the tri Mpunguti Islands (Juu, Chini and Liwe la Jahazi) are largely covered with dense forest. More than 45 types of coral and 360 fish species have been identified within the park, such as grouper, wrasse, pufferfish, scorpionfish, damselfish, snapper, ray, coconut crabs as well turtle and dolphin. During certain times of the year, humpback whale and whale shark may also be spotted in the deep park waters .
The boardwalk of the coral gardens is a community project that is maintained by the Wasini Women Group, takes you to excellent observation points to see the fossil coral gardens and mangroves.
The Shimoni Slave Cave is a haunting testament to the struggles of Africans who were enslaved by its invaders during the 18th and 19th century. The caves themselves have been formed by erosion from the rising and falling tide, and the walls are now lined with the metal studs and chains that were once used to bind the slaves for up to three weeks before boarding a dhow.
*Visitor Tip: The best time to snorkel is two hours either side of low tide, when the greatest amount of marine life is revealed. However, its always best to visit Kisite early in the morning when the sea in calm.
*Please avoid standing on or otherwise damaging the live coral.