THE MARINE LIFE AT KENYA
What’s your plan for this summer holiday, vacation, or relaxation plan? Are you a fan of the sun alongside the sea? It’s high time you pack up your things and let me take you through the beautiful marine life in Kenya.
Kenya is an East African country located on the shores of the Indian ocean having savannah areas, Lakelands, mountains, highlands, and the dramatic rift valley. Mostly the country is well known for its wildlife which includes elephants, rhinos, and lions. Its Maasai mara reserve sounding because of the wildebeest migrations and the Amboseli national park that gives you the best view of Tanzania’s mountain Kilimanjaro.
Kenya has got about six marine parks and reserves and these include the kisite mpunguti marine park and reserve, the kiunga marine national reserve, the Malindi marine national park and reserve, the Mombasa marine national park and reserve, and lastly the Watamu marine national park and reserve.
Are you the adrenaline-filled outdoor adventure junkie? These parks have got you covered with lots of activities that include nature walks, sunbathing, bird watching, camping, diving, snorkeling, water skiing, windsurfing, and the glass-bottom boat rides
THE PARKS AT A GLANCE
Watamu marine national park and reserve
this park is located on the north coast having unique birdlife and fish, turtles plus dugongs. Watamu has got over 100 bird species and it’s on an area of 10 sq km with humidity mean annual temperatures ranging from 22-34oc and the rainfall of about 500mm pa climatically.
The park is also known as the haven of the green turtle. The park can be accessed by road and by air;
By road, Watamu is 120kms north Mombasa and 28kms south Malindi. On the main road of Mombasa Malindi, you turn towards the Indian ocean while at gede. Watamu is 11kms from the main road
By air, you get to Watamu via the help of Malindi airport as your arrival point
Watamu marine national park has got lots of attractions which include the haven of the green turtle, unique coral garden, mida creek, kipepeo project, and the Gede ruins.
Mombasa marine national park and reserve
The park is also known for its allure of natural beauty. The place is filled with the warm azure ocean, swaying coconut palms on the white sandy beaches. Mombasa marine national park has got a colorful variety of marine species like crabs, starfish, stonefish, cucumbers sea urchins, corals, turtles, seagrasses. Mombasa is located between mtwapa and Tudor creeks having blue waters that are fit for windsurfing, water skiing, diving, and snorkeling.
Sited on an area of 210sq km with hot and humid climatic conditions.
Mombasa marine can be accessed by road from Mombasa city center and connect by boat from the vast points along the beach
The park has got 3 main attractions which include the vegetation, birds and the marine life
Malindi marine national park and reserve
It’s famous for its coral gardens, swimming along with zebrafish to windsurfing.
This marine life area occupies an area of 213sq km with temperatures ranging from 20-30oc and rains of 200mm-700mm. have particularly two rain seasons.
The park is gifted with fringing reefs, coral gardens, seagrass beds, mangroves, mudflats, marine mammals, turtles, and numerous species of shorebirds.
The park can be accessed by road and by air to go and catch up with the fishes, magical island, clean oceanic beach and warm water, sea turtles, invertebrates, benthic cover, corals, and the dolphins.
By road, Malindi marine is situated on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline, Malindi town 110km north of Mombasa
By air your arrival point is Malindi.
Kiunga marine national reserve
This is Kenya’s enchanted world far north of the Indian Ocean coastline. Key features include coral reefs, dune, kiwayu island. Having annual temperatures ranging 22-34oc and rains of 500mm makes it a perfect place for water skiing, windsurfing, sunbathing, snorkeling and diving.
The park can be accessed by either road, sea or air . by road king is 150km east of Lamu, by air its one at dodori n reserve and lastly by sea kiunga can be reached from Lamu and you get to kiwayu island by dhow or speedboat.
Kisite mpunguti marine park and reserve
This park was established to safeguard the scenic island and special habitats of the wide range of endemic marine animals and breeding migratory birds. The is also known as the home of dolphins this park is more so one of the famous snorkeling locations at the coast. Covering an area of 39 sq km with annual temperature ranging from 22-34 oc and rainfalls of about 500mm.
This park is about 5meters above sea level and always open around the year though the gets rough between April and July during southeast monsoon winds