Why You Should Visit Kisite Marine National Park
At the southernmost point of the 500 km coastline of Kenya, lies some of east Africa’s most colorful coral gardens. Located 4-8 km out of the sea from shimoni and next to Wasini Island, noted for its coral gardens, the Kisite Marine national park is beautiful and intact. The Kisite Marine national park is in shallow water and it can be reached easily by a motor boat or a traditional dhow from Shimoni. Kisite Marine national park is located 75 miles south of Mombasa near the Tanzania border. This park covers 11 sq km and covers an area with four small Island covered by coral reef.
The reefs at the Kisite Marine national park are scientifically important habitats, one of the most complex eco-systems in the world. The kisite coral reefs are estimated to be 3-4 km long running along the inner and outer edges of the reefs from the Mpunguti islands to the tiny coral Island of Kisite itself. Forty five varieties of coral have been identified in the Kisite Marine national park. They include: staghorn, brain, pencil, and mushroom species of live coral which are easy to goggle over but deep enough to avoid damage from human contact.
In the Kisite Marine national park the sheer numbers of fish, more than 250 species feeding around the coral is an amazing sight. Kisite Marine national park is a feast of color and movement with eye catching coral fish including butterfly, parrot, angel fish, rays, and rockcod. Dolphins are common as are big shoals of bonito and frigate mackerel.
From the dhow which transports people to Kisite Marine national park, there is the opportunity to witness the clarity of water and the awesomeness and the diverse number of marine life. Kisite Marine national park is loved by snorkels and divers because of the ease of viewing and picture taking.
Deep sea lovers can travel further down south to the Pemba channel to catch large barracudas and kingfish. The colorful beauty of the coral in the Kisite Marine national park which is complimented by the large number of yellow and red tuna and snappers are unmatched. Kisite Marine national park is covered low grass and herbs. Sea grasses; cymodocea serrulata and syringodium isoetifolium cover a large area of the sub-littoral zone of the reef.
The major attractions in this national park include the dolphins, coral gardens. This park is an important site for diving, snorkeling, and bird watching. The beautiful sandy beaches found in the park are a good environment for environmental friendly recreational activities. Other activities which can be carried out in the park include: sunbathing, swimming, sailing, and licensed filming. Kisite Marine national park is home to a number of marine lives including: trigger fish, sea turtles, whales, sea grass, and gastropods.
Many sea birds in large nesting colonies and internationally significant numbers of crab-plover and roseate tern reside in the park. At low tide, coral platforms around the raised central portion are exposed. The three other coral islets in the park: mpunguti ya juu, mpunguti ya chini, and liwe la jahazi, lie closer to the Wasini Island, are covered by scrub and support no significant wildlife or birds.
The surrounding waters have well developed coral gardens and a large variety of fish. Kisite Marine national park is a must visit for sea lovers and for tourists who want to experience more marine life. For bookings visit our website.