Nestled on the southern coast of Kenya, Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park boasts a scenic landscape with a diverse range of marine life endemic to the area. Kisite park, which spans 11 square kilometres and Mpunguti Reserve, which covers 28 square kilometres, come together to form Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park with four small islands completely surrounded by a pristine coral reef.
The Marine Park lies south of Wasini Island close to the Tanzanian border and provides incredible access to nature. The marine park is famous for its turtle population and known as the home of dolphins. Popular attractions and draw cards include the Kenyan Barrier Reef, the enchanting underwater kingdom, Shimoni Pier, and the unbelievable snorkelling and diving on offer. Furthermore, Kisite Island in an Important Bird Area, with an ideal seabird habitat supporting the pelagic-feeders and breeding colonies.
The Marine Park is open all year round, and can only be reached by boat. Visitors can arrange a transfer through their hotel or a travel agent. Mombasa is approximately 90 kilometres away, while the capital city of Nairobi is 574 kilometres from the Marine Park.
Tanga shoes or Crocs to protect your feet from the coral reef. Remember to wear sunscreen and bring along extra. If you'd like to snorkel, bring along the gear. A hat is always handy, as well as an insect repellent, and plenty of water.
The sun-kissed Kisite Marine Park boasts a diverse abundance of marine life and is often considered the home of dolphins. There are over 250 recorded fish species, about 70 resident dolphins, and over 140 sea turtles have been catalogued. The park covers four small islands, all surrounded by a coral reef, meaning visitors can enjoy access to incredible nature. Among the marine life, there are dolphins, humpback whales, whale sharks, angelfish, triggerfish, groupers, pufferfish, and rays. Furthermore, the park is famous for its turtle population, with green and hawksbill turtles spotted regularly.
Apart from the marine, Kisite Island is an Important Bird Area, with many seabirds arriving in July for breeding. Of these arrivals, the island’s habitat supports the breeding colonies of roseate and sooty terns and the crab-plover.
Kisite Marine Park is open all year round. However, bird watchers should visit during the migratory and breeding season between July and September. For those coming to snorkel or dive, any time of year will do, but monsoon winds pick up between April and July, meaning the waters are rough and visibility could be limited.
The Kenyan coast is humid and temperature average between 22 and 35 degrees Celsius throughout the year. The area receives approximately 500 millimetres of rainfall per annum.
Water lovers will not be disappointed when visiting the unspoiled Kisite Marine National Park. With scenic islands surrounded by a coral reef and home to an abundance of marine life and birdlife, visitors can enjoy direct access to the great outdoors of the Kenyan coast. The Marine Park is home to 70 resident dolphins, so visitors should bring along the cameras and binoculars for some extraordinary sightings. Additionally, whale sharks and humpback whales tend to make an appearance on occasion.
Avid bird watchers should book a holiday between July and September, as the island is an Important Bird Area, meaning they’ll get to sight impressive migratory species arriving for their breeding season. Furthermore, Kisite Marine Park offers rewarding snorkelling and diving opportunities, with an unrivalled underwater kingdom waiting to be explored. From a kaleidoscope of small fish species hiding in the coral to the shimmering schools of butterflyfish, angelfish, and large snappers, this underwater world promises a vibrant experience.
There are limited accommodation options in Kisite Marine Park. However, there are plenty of options nearby.