If you’re craving for warm, azure waters, coconut palms swaying gracefully in the wind, white sandy beaches, and scuba, Mombasa National Park has it all! Located in the Indian Ocean, the park stretches along 10 km² (2,500 acres), while 200 km² (49,400 acres) are occupied by the part of the park which is a natural reserve and home to numerous rare species of sea weed, fish and other aquatic animals.
Mombasa Marine National Park is one of Kenya’s top destinations due to its prominent location in the vicinity of tourist areas, while also serving as a perfect spot for snorkeling and diving. If you want to get the feel of coral reefs, you have a chance at Mombasa.
Established in 1986, the park includes an important part of the lagoon, back reef and reef crest habitats of the Bamburi-Nyali fringing reef.
Temperatures are tropical, with a variation at the surface of 25°C - 31°C throughout the year, stable salinity and moderate nutrient levels.
Mombasa Marine Park is one of the natural reserves dedicated to the preservation of fragile coral reefs on the Kenyan shore and other endangered species. It provides home to a variety of rare species of brain coral, pavona, open-branched stag’s horn coral, as well as acropora and favia coral.
Among the marine species thriving in these waters, if you dive or snorkel, you will be friendly welcomed by urchins, crabs, starfish, octopus, jellyfish, sea cucumber, green parrotfish, butterflyfish, zebrafish,angelfish, lionfish, shoals of little damselfish and a lot more. How can we forget about dolphins, sharks, rays, and the great variety of turtle species, such as loggerhead, leatherback, hawksbill, and the green sea turtle that thrive in the lagoon’s waters.
Wondering where you could stay nearby? Bamburi and Nyali offer you good accommodation options close to your dream destination.