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Mombasa Marine National Park

Mombasa Marine National Park & Reserve                    
Marine parks and reserves, the white sandy beaches, historical monuments, contemporary culture and the warm climate give the Kenya Coast a unique tourist product. Almost 47% of Kenya's tourism occurs here. Nationally about 52% of the total hotel beds are at the coast, and 95% of the visitors to Kenya use the coast as a base for inland safaris.
The marine and coastal environments include Indian Ocean territorial waters and the immediate hinterland areas that border the ocean. Another feature of the coastline is the fringing coral reef which runs between 0.5 km and 2 km off-shore with occasional gaps at the mouths of rivers and the isolated areas facing the creeks. The shoreline is dominated in most areas by beaches, cliffs or mangrove forests. The coral-reef system and mangrove swamps serve the most important ecological role and the former is a major tourist attraction next to the sun, sea and sand.


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Mombasa Marine National Park & Reserve                                   
The park is 10 km2 while the reserve is 200 km2. Both the park and reserve are the most highly utilised among marine protected areas . Their coastline is heavily developed with tourist facilities. There are various agents who offer for hire boats to get into the Marine Park. There are quite a good number of companies offering water sports facilities. These firms are spread along the beach. The place is ideal for diving. Diving gears are easily available from water sports desks. Mombasa itself is a mix of traditional and modern culture. The 17 th 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 especialy architecture.

Access
-  Sited in the city of Mombasa the park can be reached by road from the city centre, and then connected by boat from the Mombasa Beach.
-  Roads: From Nairobi mainly use the Nairobi- Mombasa Highway.
-  Air: It is a 45 minute flight from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Mombasa.

Size and Location  
-  Over 200 km 2.
-  Lamu District, Coast province

Climate
The Coast is humid with mean annual temperatures ranging from 22-34 °C. rainfall is about 500 mm pa. The climatic conditions are hot and humid.

Safari Card Required
At present the park does not operate on smart card system. Entry is by cash only (KSH or US$).

Attractions
-  Beach
-  Coral gardens

Marine Life
-  Prolific marine life includes crabs, corals, sea urchins, jellyfish, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. Different varieties of coral species comprise of Acropora), Turbinaria and Porites.

Birds
A variety of off shore birds can be seen.

Activities
-  Wind surfing.
-  Snorkeling
-  Water skiing.
-  Sunbathing
-  Diving

What to take with you
-  Footwear, e.g. sandals or flip flops (to protect your feet from the reef).
-  T-shirts (to protect your body from sunburn).
-  Snorkel, mask, fins, all of which are available for hire.
-  Camera, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant.
-  Guide books.
-  Plenty of drinking water.
-  A friend(s).

Park Contacts
Phone:       +254-41-2312744/5
Email:       info.kws@kwscoast.org  or  mombasamarine@kwscoast.org