Spectacular, unspoiled and sun-kissed, Wasini is one of the most beautiful islands in Kenya. The sculpted isle is surrounded by clear, sparkling waters that harbor living coral gardens and colorful marine life. Wasini is bordered by the Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park which protects the habitats of a broad spectrum of marine life and migratory birds.
Nestled in the coral gardens south of Wasini Island, the Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park Reserve comprises three small coral rag forest islands fringed by pristine reefs. A vibrant underwater world, Kisite boasts one of the most rewarding snorkeling destinations on the Kenyan coast. The warm azure waters have outstanding clarity and give way to spectacular corals with a kaleidoscope of marine life. Visitors can also enjoy scuba diving, bird watching, swimming and sunbathing on the beaches.
The marine park is a sanctuary for dolphins which can often be spotted in groups breaking above the waves. Plan to visit between July and December for a chance to spot humpback whales and migratory whale sharks. The park is also famous for its population of sea turtles. Visitors can observe Green and Hawksbill turtles at Kijamba cha Kasa where they normally hang out.
Birdwatchers will find their niche at Kisite Island. This is an important seabird habitat which supports colonies of roseate and sooty terns that migrate here annually to breed in July, and leave with their young ones in September.
Tours can be arranged to take you to Wasini via sailing in a traditional dhow or private boat. Once there you can explore the Shimoni Slave Caves and stroll on the nature boardwalk among beautiful coral gardens. Many tour packages include a seafood lunch comprising of fresh fish from the fisherman’s basket, as well as barbecue chicken and Swahili vegetarian dishes. As you have your lunch, you can take in stunning views of the Indian Ocean.
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