Kisite Mpunguti – Coral Splendour
Kisite Mpunguti is a marine park located on the south coast off Shimoni, south of Wasini Island Kwale District on the south Kenyan coast near the Tanzanian border. The marine area has four small islands surrounded by a coral reef. The coral gardens are excellent for snorkeling, diving, bird watching and also one of the best marine areas to see dolphins.
Often called “rain forests of the sea”, coral reefs form some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. They occupy less than 0.1% of the world’s ocean surface, yet they provide a home for 25% of all marine species.
Marine life is in abundance, including trigger fish, moray eels, angelfish, groupers, butterfly fish, parrotfish,wrasses,scorpionfish, pufferfish, damselfish, rays, snappers, green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles, and dolphins.
Access -Roads: 40 km from Mombasa via Diani and Kwale
Accommodation – The Shimoni Bandas, a picnic site, information centre
Best time to visit – All year round
Activities – Swimming, sailing, snorkellin, driving
Photos courtesy of the Kenya Wildlife Service http://www.kws.org/.