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Kisite & Mpunguti Marine Res

Kisite Marine Park & Mpunguti 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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Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park                                  
"Home of the Dolphin, Coconut Crab"
The marine park is located on the south coast, 40 km from Mombasa town in Kwale District of coast province.  The ecosystem covers a marine area with four small islands surrounded by coral-reef. Kisite island is covered in low grass and herbs while Mpunguti Islands have dense coastal equatorial forest. Sea grasses Cymodocea serrulata and Syringodium isoetifolium cover a large area of the sub-littoral zone of the reef. Marine algae include Padina commersonii, Dictyota bartayresiana, Bostrychia binderi, Ulva lactuca, Dictyosphaora sp., Udotea indica, and Halimeda opuntia. Major attractions include the coral gardens and it is an important site for snorkelling, diving and bird watching.

Access
The park can only be reached by boat. Kisite Marine Park, KWS HQ  is 200 meters south of the main Shimoni Pier.

Roads
-  85 kms from Mombasa via Diani & Kwale.
-  Kwale District, Coast Province. The Marine Park lies 6 Km off the Kenyan Coast (at Shimoni) and 8 Km North of the Tanzanian Border

Size and Location
39 km2. (Kisite Park: 28 km2. Mpunguti Reserve: 11 km2).

Climate
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$).

What to take with you.
Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks

Attractions
-  Coral gardens.
-  Kisite and Mpunguti Islands.
-  Sandy islands formulate during low tide.

Marine Life
Comprises more than 250-recorded species, including Fish, Dolphins, Sea turtles, Whales, Corals, Sea grass, and Gastropods.

Birds
Many Sea- birds in large nesting colonies and internationally significant numbers of crab-plover and roseate tern.

Activities
-  Wind surfing.
-  Snorkeling
-  Water skiing.
-  Sunbathing
-  Diving
 
Park Contacts
Phone:      +254-40-52027
E-mail:     kisitenp@africaonline.co.ke
Postal Address: Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park, The Warden, P.O. Box 55, Ukunda,Kwale District, Kenya