Kiunga National Marine Reserve

Kiunga National Marine 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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Kiunga National Marine Reserve                                 
Enchanted underwater world.
The marine ecosystem incorporates a chain of about 50 calcareous offshore islands and coral reefs in the Lamu Archipelago, running for some 60km parallel to the coastline and adjacent to Dodori and Boni National Reserves on the mainland.
The larger and more sheltered inner islands are covered with tangled thorny vegetation including grass, aloes and creepers. The small outer islands provide nesting sites for migratory seabirds. The reserve conserves valuable coral reefs, sea grass and extensive mangrove forests and is also a refuge for sea turtles and dugongs.Major wildlife attractions include reptiles such as Sea turtles, Olive ridley, and Reef fish. Lobsters, Sea urchins, Sea star and also frequent sightings in the reserve. It is an important site for wind surfing, diving and snorkelling, water skiing and sunbathing.

-  Roads: Kiunga is a remote, unspoilt village on the mainland about 150 km east of Lamu.
-  Airstrips: One at Dodori N. Reserve.
-  By Sea: from Lamu you can get to kiwayu Island by dhow or Speedboat.

Size and Location
-  Lamu District, Coast province.
-  Area: 270 km 2

The Coast is humid with mean annual temperatures ranging from 22-34 C. rainfall is about 500mm pa.

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

-  Coral reefs.
- Sand dune.
-  Kiwayu Island.

Marine Life
-  Reptiles/fish: Sea Turtles, Olive Ridley, Leatherback, Turtles, Reef fish.
-  Insects/arthropods: Lobsters, Sea urchins, Sea star, Crabs, Mosquito.

• Wind surfing
•Water skiing

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:             +254-42-633080 / 633194
Postal Address: Kiunga Marine Park,The Warde,P.O. Box 82,Lamu, Kenya.