So where would you rather be – sitting under the coconut palms on a gorgeous beach gazing at an unbelievably azure sea… or exploring the underwater explosion of colours at a coral reef just beneath those deep blue waves?
Lucky for you this isn’t really a choice because at the Mombasa Marine National Park you can do both at this most popular of marine reserves. This protected area is a favorite amongst snorkelers, divers and anyone drawn to the dramatic colours and creatures of the sea.
The coral reefs here are world-class, said to be amongst the best three dive sites in the world. The waters are literally awash with sea urchin, crab, starfish, octopus and more. Paddling about or diving amongst the coral you’ll find a fantastic variety of sea life sustained by the reef such as angelfish, snapper, parrotfish, zebrafish, and lionfish.
And if all those vibrant sea forms weren’t enough you may also enjoy sharing this aquatic paradise with rays, turtles, and various types of dolphins.
When you’re not taking in the dazzling parade of aquatic life, the park is a wonderful spot for bird watching. Looking up from the sea you’ll find crab plovers, roseate terns, and others flying about this natural reserve.
Besides diving, the park and reserve offer active forms of aquatic entertainment like waterskiing, jet skiing, sailing, and windsurfing. If all that’s too much…. there’s plenty of sunbathing on those golden sands under that coconut palm.
The park is one of several marine parks that help protect Kenya’s threatened coral reef. This natural barrier stretches of 230km (143 mi), the length of its coast along the Indian Ocean. The reef is vital to the ocean’s eco-system, protecting marine species against the rough sea and providing food to a million types of sea life.
It also provides a barrier to larger sharks. With the reef’s natural colouring and the myriad fish it attracts, it’s a popular destination for tourists… as you will no doubt agree.
Climate: Mombasa has a tropical climate with more rainfall in the winter months. March is usually the warmest month with an average temperature of 29oC/82oF.
Location: Approximately 15km (9 mi) north of Mombasa island, near Nyali, Bamburi and Shanzu beaches.
Getting there: You can book a tour with Natural World Kenya Safaris in Mombasa.
By air: Moi International Airport is the main aviation hub serving the coastal city of Mombasa.
Things to Do and See
Snorkeling – The waters in the park are crystal clear with an undersea display of colourful fish that is amongst the best in the world.
Diving – Known to be one of the top three diving spots on the planet. Besides the dazzling spectacle of the coral reef and its many fish, there are undersea wrecks to explore, and if you’re feeling adventurous, night diving as well.
Boat Rides – Watch for dolphins, birds, and the colourful reef life all about, as you feast on a provided lunch.
With its powdery beaches and excellent reef, the park is the most beautiful and visited of Kenya’s marine parks. Established in 1986 to protect the all-important coral reef, the reserve has succeeded at that task while providing visitors with unforgettable images of luminous undersea life.
Take a Natural World Kenya Safaris city excursion to Mombasa Marine National Park & Reserve for an exciting day of the most spectacular aquatic life.
We also have land safaris departing from Mombasa to this and other special Kenya Parks and attractions for your Africa holiday.
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