Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve

Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve

Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve
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The park with its magnificent coral reefs and colourful marine life, 6 km off the Kenyan coast, is managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service. Many private companies offer day trips by dhow for dolphin-spotting, snorkeling and diving. Some guests choose to remain in the boat or paddle off the sandbar at low tide. Most tours offer lunch on Wasini Island. Accommodation is available. Nature at its best!
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Jeremiah Mutavi Simba
Dubai, United Arab Emirates4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
After visiting the marine park kwale county Kenya, as a family we were totally disappointed, one Kenya wildlife charged us kshs300 adult and kshs100 per child, we were promised to visit kisite island to see dolphins and marine life. After boarding a boat and travelled to the island we never saw any marine life only to be told water is alot, we were promised to swim which was not the case, we never even stepped on any island, we are wondering as family what was the need to pay kshs 1200 to Kenya wildlife. Second we were charged kshs 5000 for food at wasine island only to be served rice and a cold fish, but we had been promised full chicken, seafood, ugali, etc even water for washing hands was a problem. I regret the day I visited shimoni marine park
Written November 24, 2020
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Victorine B
Nairobi, Kenya7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I would 100% recommend visiting wasini while in diani. I would recommend taking the boat trip especially if you like adventure, at first the waves scare you but once you start spotting the dolphins you forget about it. Try snorkeling as well in the clear blue ocean,so breathtaking. Loved the food served at wasini plus the people are so friendly. However, I didn't like the chicken, didn't feel fresh. Get to know the history of shimoni as well while at kisite mpunguti. This was my first solo trip and it was beyond amazing,I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Written February 4, 2020
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Anne A
Stockholm County, Sweden2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
Day trip from bamburi beach to the south coast.
The lunch prepared by lbe guides is very fantastic.the crab was super amazing. We were the first people and really enjoyed the snorkelling before the crowd came.
Its not 100% seeing dolphins but to us we were very lucky to swim with a group og dolphins. This is very worth and its a trip you should not miss when in mombasa
Just contact LBE TOURS +254710239939

The residents and non-residents prices arent the same
Written September 27, 2021
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OlivierD.
Paris, France57 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Bad luck, pointless or both of them ? I paid 85$ for that trip that justified a stop in Diani. The result is really poor. Due to a bad land organization, we lost an hour in the boat full of people, with 6 people having to disembark before embarking again, in two times. A total non sense. Cruising by the dolphins is a nice experience but could be better if we were respecting approach distances (> 150 m). That was not the case. Swimming over a coral reef could have been good but was shortened due to our start. We could not even go to the sand bank. As the biodiversity is almost in a critical status, you won't see many fish. The lunch was allright and I did not have to pay extras for beverages. In conclusion, unless you want to see dolphins, such activity does not have a real interest and I am really sad to share that as I had high expectations on that.
Written March 8, 2024
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Roland H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I't's a long way from Mombasa. Price range is impressive. But at it the end everybody is in the same kind of local boat with a local guide. So if you don't care about a comfortable shuttle (unable to make the bumby roads more comfortable) you can really get a good price under 10.000 KS. But whatever the price you chose to pay and whatever the distance to your hotel ... it's worth it. Be prepared to snorkle sitting on the beach and just putting your head under the water. Low tide brings the rich and colourful underwater world of the corral reefs to your feet. And the tide schedule usually will probably give you a very early start in the day ... but again ... it's worth it.
Written January 28, 2023
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Simon O
Oslo, Norway5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Long time sailing to the area to see a brief glimpse of 4 dolphins. The equipment supplied for the snorkelling was poor quality. The guides more interested in flirting with the ladies.
Note we were not on an organised tour, just went and hired a local.

An organised tour might be better, paying for park entry was separate from the boat hire. Very inconvenient
Written November 1, 2023
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Simon
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
A good day overall but very disappointed nonetheless. I don’t believe we have heard the word “conservation” a single time during the entire day, which is worrisome when you’re visiting a wildlife reserve.
The crew and “guides” didn’t know much about the aquatic life present and frankly didn’t seem to care. The snorkeling equipment was old and the “guidance” nonexistent.
If you’re looking for a day of fun seeing some colorful fishes and listening to music on a boat, go for it. That’s basically it (at least for us).
Written August 28, 2021
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Stephanie S
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Kisite was great! Big corals, lots of fish in all colors and sizes you wish, dolphins....
Wasini lunch: Very delicious!
Sightseeing Wasini: Horralble!!!
BUT: We spent too much time (hours!) with waiting for other people. At the end we had 40min for snorkeling, no time left for the sandbank. The reason why we made the trip got too less time! That was really annoying!
My advice: Book this tour private! It's a little more expensive, but you get, what you wish!
Written August 17, 2022
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Vanessa S
Minneapolis, MN7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
wasini was the best tour for us.
we booked a private day tour with jafar.its a bit more expensive compared to the group boat but we did this as it was our honeymoon and what we needed all was privacy.
the snorkelling was probably the best in mombasa to diani.
the reef has alot of sea creatures to see.the coral is also beautiful and healthy.we saw a group of dolphins which was like a dream to us.great day with mr jafar +254 710 239 929
Written February 20, 2023
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DrJoyFuraha
Nairobi, Kenya10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
I wish to share my visit and experience to Kisite-mpunguti- Marine national park during this past December vacation. As a domestic tourists, I enjoy visiting magical tourists sites in the country. My destination with family was Kisite –mpunguti Marine national Park . We traveled to Shimoni KWS dhow jetty where we boarded a community dhow. The arrangements were made privately with local dhow manager . This was my first excursion to sea so before setting sail, I inquired from the KWS office at Shimoni on the safety of the dhows. I was assured by KWS customer office at Shimoni that these were safe dhows, cleared by KWS and were operated by the local community groups.

I therefore boarded one of the community dhows among 20 other tourists. We got a brief from the local guide about the journey from shimoni to at Kisite-mpunguti- Marine Park , then stop over at Wasini- Island for lunch before returning to shimoni mainland , about 3-4 hrs dhow sail. I realized the guide did not update on any safety measures while at sea. I was uneasy about this and inquired, however we had already set out to sail by 9.20am.
The initial leg of the journey to Kisite-mpunguti- Marine national Park was smooth and we saw dolphins swim along the boat. We arrived at the park after about 1hr30mins. The boat was anchored and some tourists went off for snorkeling and swimming to see the marine fish. Many other visitors and myself enjoyed the view from the boat . The anchor- stop at marine park was to take 45 mins then leave for the island before high tide. However snorkeling took too long, the boat crew could not get the tourists all together in time to leave for the island as planned. By the time all visitors were back on board it was already high tide and the sea waves were getting rough.
We set out to Wasini island about 12.15pm , the experience on the sea at Wasini channel was very chilling, the waves were rough as the dhow was wavering from side to side. That is when I inquired more on the available life- jackets and buoy- life –rings on board.. The dhow was poorly equipped in all of these vital equipment. There were only 2 adult jackets, and 5 for children only one buoy-life-ring. In this case there were not adequate safety tools and measures and the lives for 20+ tourists would be at risk in case of any emergency. The Only option was prayer for safe return. We finally arrived at the Wasini island after about 1 hour 30 mins bumpy sail. Access to the island was by a one small boat ( there is no jetty for the dhows ) which takes trips to collect all the tourists and the reserve trip to return. I found these many trips also risky .
Lunch at the Wasini island Kaole restaurant was refreshing sea food (selection of Fish, crab, lobster, rice, cassava ,vegetables , chicken , chapati and drinks ) and residents are very hospitable. We returned to shimoni mainland about 3.30 pm with unique experience and much of appreciation to God for safety. I also recognized that the dhow crew members mainly rely of their own experience on navigation.
Lessons and recommendations
Kisite-mpunguti- Marine national Park and Reserve is a unique destination to snorkel, view marine fish and dolphins
However MUCH improvement needs to be done to ensure safety of tourists especially on the community dhows.
i) KWS office at Kisite-mpunguti- Marine national Park and Reserve , to ensure that all crew working in the dhows are well trained in safety measures for marine travel and how to coordinate the excursion in time
ii) Full safety briefs be provided to all tourists before sailing off from Shimoni
iii) All dhows must have Full safety equipment for all travelers on board. No dhow should be allowed to carry any tourists if it fails to meet the minimum marine Safety standards.
iv) Dhow crew be well trained on safety measures and managing excursions
v) Access to Wasini island could be made safer by use a jetty or use of several small boats
vi) Feedback platform be set for the experiences from tourists
Written January 2, 2018
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