Experience Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park & Reserve & Wasini Island

Two days of hanging out by the pool and on the beach made us realize Diani could get old pretty quick.  We needed to get out of the hotel and explore Kwale county. After several suggestions, the idea of watching dolphins at Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park & Reserve came out tops. The trip to see the dolphins is a whole day excursion and you would need either the hotel or a local to organize this for you. We had Ahmed (get in touch for contacts) plan everything for us, from the drive to the park headquarters, payment of conservation fees, the boat ride to the marine park to see the dolphins, Wasini Island for swimming and snorkeling, lunch and the transfer back to the resort.

It is a scenic one hour drive from Diani to the Marine Park entrance where you pay Conservation Fees and then walk across the jetty to board your boat. Remember to carry your crocs otherwise you’ll have to buy them from the jetty vendors at exorbitant prices!

One thing that stood out for me was the water, it kept changing hue from sky blue to an eerie green. In other areas the water was so clear we could see the colourful fish in there. I loved watching the fishermen as they  rowed back home from a fishing expedition. Obviously the highlight was the dolphins! We couldn’t resist the ‘aaaahhh’s that followed every jump.

After an hour on the water, we arrived at Wasini, a tiny island located on a coral reef, off the coast of the Indian Ocean. One of the cleanest beaches I have ever come across, here you can swim, snorkel or just sit and do absolutely nothing!

After an adventure packed morning, it was time for lunch. An hour’s boat ride took us to the Wasini Coral Restaurant. You need to wade in the water to get to the restaurant which is built on corals above the ocean. There’s a variety of food served here, including plenty of sea food. The chapati were so scrumptious! The crab though, was an acquired taste…

After 7 hours, it was time to head back to the jetty and to drive back to the resort.

A few things to consider:

  • Carry your swimming gear and remember to wear/pack crocs, whether or not you intend to swim.
  • Eat a hearty breakfast or carry snacks to tide you through the morning.
  • Unless you suffer from severe sea sickness,  you don’t need medication. Two of us were pretty scared but they were fine in the water.
  • Apply sunscreen and carry a hat.

Have you been to Kisite Mpunguti and Wasini Island? xoxo

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