Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve

Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve

Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve
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The park with its magnificent coral reefs and colourful marine life, 6 km off the Kenyan coast, is managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service. Many private companies offer day trips by dhow for dolphin-spotting, snorkeling and diving. Some guests choose to remain in the boat or paddle off the sandbar at low tide. Most tours offer lunch on Wasini Island. Accommodation is available. Nature at its best!
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Clarice T
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Firstly, it's undeniable that the snorkelling in the marine park is stunning - we saw so many beautiful and colourful fish and some in our group saw turtles and octopus!

However - it's important to be very careful who you book with. We booked with Jafar who is recommend below and ended up on a boat with 38 miserable passengers.

We were picked up in a van of around 10 people and assumed that is who we would be on a boat with but when we arrived were taken onto a big wooden boat with 38 other people and about 10 crew members. Due to the number of people we waited on the boat for around 40 mins before even leaving the harbour. Due to the size of the boat we could not really get close to the dolphins so saw little more than fins sticking above the water. During the the snorkelling the equipment provided was poor - my first mask repeatedly fogged up and my second leaked.

Throughout the trip, communication was poor and the crew were unfriendly and rude. Hidden expenses kept cropping up throughout and at one point we were told we would have to pay for water at lunch (although thanks to another passenger arguing this point we ended up with free water). I was told water was provided on board - however it quickly ran out and there were 11 cups for all 38 of us.

The trip did not run even close to time - we were told we would have lunch around 12 - we ended up arriving at the lunch stop at 3.30 - and even then didn't eat for another 30 mins. The crew were not honest with us about timings - they told us we were an hour away from lunch when it was two hours - and told us it was 20 minutes back to the shore when it was around one and a half.

Everyone on the boat agreed that despite the beauty of the marine life - the trip was a huge disappointment - made worse when we all realised we had been charged different amounts!
Written 18 February 2024
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amandime colette
Cannes, France24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
To complete your visit in mombasa you must go to kisite mpunguti.Very clean and cler water.The snorkelling was perfect.Lovely experience swimming with the dolphins.i would recommend to visit kisite with pandu +254 710 239 929,we found him through hundreds of reviews.It was very easy and fast to plan our trips with him via whatsaap.I must come back for some dives next year
Written 6 January 2024
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Simon O
Oslo, Norway5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Long time sailing to the area to see a brief glimpse of 4 dolphins. The equipment supplied for the snorkelling was poor quality. The guides more interested in flirting with the ladies.
Note we were not on an organised tour, just went and hired a local.

An organised tour might be better, paying for park entry was separate from the boat hire. Very inconvenient
Written 1 November 2023
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Anais c
Paris, France9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
The snorkelling at the marine park was amazing,beautiful fish and corals.we really enjoyed the day and felt very safe with jafar and the crew.the locals are very helpful and friendly.swimming with dolphin was my wish.get in touch with jafar through whatsaap for an amazinh unforgettable day +254 710 239 929,it was the best snorkelling
Written 15 May 2023
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Vanessa S
Minneapolis, MN7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
wasini was the best tour for us.
we booked a private day tour with jafar.its a bit more expensive compared to the group boat but we did this as it was our honeymoon and what we needed all was privacy.
the snorkelling was probably the best in mombasa to diani.
the reef has alot of sea creatures to see.the coral is also beautiful and healthy.we saw a group of dolphins which was like a dream to us.great day with mr jafar +254 710 239 929
Written 20 February 2023
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Roland H
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I't's a long way from Mombasa. Price range is impressive. But at it the end everybody is in the same kind of local boat with a local guide. So if you don't care about a comfortable shuttle (unable to make the bumby roads more comfortable) you can really get a good price under 10.000 KS. But whatever the price you chose to pay and whatever the distance to your hotel ... it's worth it. Be prepared to snorkle sitting on the beach and just putting your head under the water. Low tide brings the rich and colourful underwater world of the corral reefs to your feet. And the tide schedule usually will probably give you a very early start in the day ... but again ... it's worth it.
Written 28 January 2023
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Stephanie S
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Kisite was great! Big corals, lots of fish in all colors and sizes you wish, dolphins....
Wasini lunch: Very delicious!
Sightseeing Wasini: Horralble!!!
BUT: We spent too much time (hours!) with waiting for other people. At the end we had 40min for snorkeling, no time left for the sandbank. The reason why we made the trip got too less time! That was really annoying!
My advice: Book this tour private! It's a little more expensive, but you get, what you wish!
Written 17 August 2022
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felista k
Nakuru, Kenya42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
This place is overrated. Btw did not see dolphins . And spent a short time on the island . Enjoyed snorkelling. There were lots of people. Food was cold and small fish served.
Written 28 July 2022
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Timothy K
Lavington, Kenya14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Great swimming experience.
You gotta get a private boat tour, go snorkeling is possible.

Cons:
The guides will always tell you to book so you can see Dolphins.
However in most cases, Dolphins only come to the waters when
- its the right season
- and the tides are low.
Guide wont tell you that.
And when you have already paid and have driven 20mins to see dolphins they will say the tide is high, no dolphins
Written 7 June 2022
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Tapani R
Pello, Finland117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We had a private boat tour around the island. There were dolphins, corals, snorkling. A lot of people over all.
Written 18 January 2022
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