kisite and mpunguti marine reserve.


Kisite and Mpunguti marine reserve.

Kisite - Mpunguti Marine Park and National Reserves are found off the Kenyan coast, south of Mombasa. This Marine Park and Reserve has been a center of discussion for European marine biologists because of its increasing number of new fishes species and corals being documented and particular because of the marine environment still being intact. There are currently around 250 varieties of marine fish and over 40 varieties of coral species documented.


Mpunguti and Kisite, which jointly gained their status as a Marine Reserve and Park in 1978, actually consist of the Inner and outer Mpunguti Islands and Kisite Island. Dhows transport people over to the shallow marine reserve from the coastal mainland, where you have the opportunity to witness the clarity of water and awesomeness of diverse number of marine life.

Kisite - Mpunguti Marine Park and National Reserves is loved by snorkels and divers . Deep sea fishing lovers can travel further down south to the Pemba channel to catch large barracudas and king fish.

In the Kisite - Mpunguti Marine Park and National Reserves some of the commonly seen fish include: large numbers of pelagic fish, butterfly, parrot, rock cod, angel, manta ray. Turtles, dolphins, reef sharks are also seen. The pristine coral varieties are impeccable; corals like stag horn, brain, lilac-blue, mushroom, and lavender present unique photo taking opportunities. The colorful beauty of the coral, complimented by the large number of yellow and red tuna and snappers are unmatched. .

This part of the coast has some of the finest unspoilt white coral beaches in the world. Podanus palms and the wispy casuarinas trees skirt the high-water line, and the occasional headlands of dark limestone split the shore into bays, coves and lagoons, each with its fringe of shimmering sand.

Inside the protective fringing reef, the water is warm and entirely safe for bathing. Between two seasons of trade winds, the sea is often a clear glass palette of dappled greens and blues.

The Kisite-Mpunguti Park has extensive coral gardens which blossom fully at night when the polyps emerge from their hard limey shelters; the coral is also a haven for beautiful shoals of reef fish. Dolphins are common, as are big shoals of bonito and frigate mackerel.

Nearby, Shimoni is home to many families of porpoises which cruise in and out of the Kisite Marine Park and are frequently seen in the channel between the mainland and Shimoni. Shimo means hole or cave in Swahili and historically these caves were used by smugglers and slavers. Some caves have freshwater springs flowing into the sea reputed to come from Kilimanjaro.

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