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Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park, located on the south coast of Mombasa near Wasini Island, is a protected marine haven encompassing coral reefs and four small islands. This park combines the Kisite Marine National Park and Mpunguti Marine National Reserve, covering a significant area. It features diverse wildlife, including over 45 coral types and 360 fish species, such as grouper, pufferfish, and dolphins.
Humpback whales and whale sharks are also occasionally spotted. The coral gardens beneath the water’s surface invite visitors to explore through snorkeling and scuba diving year-round. The Wasini Island mangrove boardwalk, managed by the Wasini Women Group, offers a chance to learn about the ecosystem. Additionally, visitors can shop for souvenirs and enjoy a seafood lunch at Charlie Claws Restaurant.
Afterward, exploring the Shimoni Slave Cave on the mainland reveals a haunting historical testament to the African slave trade, with chains and metal studs still lining the cave walls where captives were held before being transported to various parts of the world.
Departure to Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park:
Early morning departure from Mombasa to Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park.
Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park:
Spend your morning exploring the marine park, snorkeling or scuba diving to admire the coral reefs and marine life. Keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles, and other aquatic creatures.
After your marine park adventure, take a boat trip to Wasini Island.
Mangrove Boardwalk and Zawadi Boutique:
Explore the Wasini Island mangrove boardwalk, guided by experienced locals who will share insights about the ecosystem. Visit the Zawadi boutique for some souvenir shopping.
Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at Charlie Claws Restaurant on Wasini Island.
Late Afternoon, Shimoni Slave Cave:
Depart from Wasini Island and head to Shimoni Slave Cave. Explore the haunting Shimoni Slave Cave, learning about its historical significance and the slave trade.
Return to Mombasa:
Return to Mombasa in the evening, concluding your one-day tour.
Please note that this is a packed itinerary, and it’s important to plan your timing carefully to ensure you can cover all these attractions in a single day. Additionally, it’s advisable to make advance reservations for tours and activities to ensure a smooth and efficient experience.