The Mombasa Marine National Park
The Mombasa Marine National Park

The Mombasa Marine National Park

The Mombasa Marine National Park is an unforgettable paradise of beautiful sun, sandy beach, and safe ocean adventure.

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The park was established just over 20 years ago to protect the coral reef and the resident marine life spread out over a breath taking 210sq.km.

THINGS T0 D0

Besides taking in the beautiful coral gardens, you can sunbathe on the pristine beaches, or enjoy relaxing water sports, like scuba diving and snorkeling. As a point of interest, the greatest amount of marine life comes out two hours either side of low tide. That is the best recommended time to go snorkeling over the reef. Kenya’s coastal waters are warm all year round so, even without a wet suit, diving is quite rewarding.

WHERE T0 STAY

There are lots of luxurious, comfortable and culturally rich hotels and lodges to choose from in close proximity to the Mombasa Marine National Park.

The wonderful news is you don’t have to wait for a specific time of year to visit the Mombasa Marine Park. The park is open all year round. And with the beautiful Kenyan coastal weather, snorkeling is good all through the year.

WHAT T0 TAKE WITH YOU

  • Footwear, e.g. sandals or flip flops (to protect your feet from the reef)
  • T-shirts (to protect your body from sunburn)
  • Snorkel, mask, fins, all ofwhich are available for hire
  • Camera, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant
  • Guide books
  • Plenty ofdrinking water
  • A friend(s)

PLEASE RESPECT THE MARINE WILDLIFE CODE

  • Check local weather and sea conditions before entering the reserve.
  • Some marine life is dangerous; do not touch anything underwater.
  • Do not damage or remove the coral, it’s a living organism which takes many years to form, and is host to many rare and endangered species
  • Do not remove shells, starfish or any other sea Flora or Fauna.
  • Removal is illegal; seriously disrupt the eco system and some marine life is dangerous. Excessive shell collection threatens the areas outside the park and reserves. Empty shell provides home for hermit crabs and some fish.
  • Do not buy shells and other marine animals products as souvenirs as this encourage further plundering of reefs and
  • Never dispose of litter on the beach or in the sea. It is illegal and environmentally unfriendly. Marine turtles can confuse clear plastics waste with jelly fish and they die if they eat it.
  • Hand feeding fish is discouraged. It disrupts normal feeding pattern.
  • Hook and line fishing is allowed in marine reserves but prohibited in marine parks. The use of spear guns is not permitted in either.

Environmental friendly activities such as snorkeling and diving are encourage, under the supervision of Kenya wildlife service warden, who work closely with local tour operators and hoteliers to ensure strict adherence to this code of practice.

Avoid restaurants that serve undersized crabs and/or lobsters as this contributes to their rapid demise.

Support traditional coastal livelihoods and industries, and do not give money to children on the beach, as this can encourage them to stay away from school. Respect the cultural heritage of Kenya, never take pictures of the local people in their habitat without asking for their permission, respect the cultural traditions of Kenya and always dress decently.

Daily 6.00a.m. To 6.00pm, including public holidays

Obtainable via Kenya Wildlife Service HQ conduct at the bottom

Email: tourism@kws.org – Website: www.kws.go.ke

Tel: (Nairobi): +254 (0)20 6000800/ 6002345

At present the park does not operate on safari card system. Entry is by cash only.

The senior warden/tourism officer; contact email: info.kws@kwscoast.org,

mombasamarine@kwscoast.0rg Tel: +254 (0)41-2312744/

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