Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve, for sea life and water sports.


Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve.

The Mombasa Marine National park is about 10 km2 while the reserve is approximately 200 km2. Both the park and reserve are the most highly utilized among marine protected areas. Their coastline is heavily developed with tourist facilities. Mombasa, a coral island off the coast of Kenya, has beautiful coral reef and marine life; this makes the whole experience of diving and snorkeling awesome.

Mombasa also has a deep harbor called the Kilindini, which serves as a docking station for vessels serving the East African trading regions.


Mombasa itself is a mix of traditional and modern culture. The 17th Century Fort Jesus, which was used as a Fort by the Portuguese against Sultan invasion after which they (Portuguese) were eventually evicted after a two year siege, is within the Island which is a few minutes drive from the marine park.

Mombasa Old Town is highly dominated by Swahili culture especially architecture.

The area where the diving and snorkeling occur is north of Mombasa, extending from around the Mtwapa creek all the way south to the entrance of Likoni; this area is called the Mombasa Marine Park and National Reserve. In 1986, the Kenyan Government officially extended Mombasa Marine Parks and National Reserve to its well-deserved status.

The Mombasa Marine Park and National Reserve's pristine beauty has been preserved by the efforts of the Kenya Wildlife Service. The depths for diving and snorkeling vary between 30 feet to 1000 feet. The reefs are of different types; there are multicolored hanging reefs and large corals, which complement the soft smooth sandy bottoms.

Snorkeling in shallow depths will display the coral reefs close to surface, providing sustenance to small marine life which otherwise would be unable to survive.

The Marine life at the Mombasa Marine and National Reserve is incredible. Plenty of diverse fish life can be seen by snorkels, divers, or from the "glass bottom boat". The glass bottom boat, we have to admit, is a fun experience. It makes the visitors come to an understanding regarding the complexity but yet the perfection of the interactions between water and marine life that live in it.

On the other hand, the divers get to experience, first hand the large pelagic game fishes like the barracuda; the snorkels get an awe of the brightly colored tropical fishes like snappers, both yellow and red camouflaging with similarly colored corals and sometimes even completing the white corals which present an unrepresentative beauty well-deserving of picture taking.

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