“Home of the Dolphins”
Unspoiled, beautiful and sun kissed, the Kisite Mpunguti Marine Reserve was established to protect the scenic islands and special habitats of a wide range of endemic marine animals and breeding migratory birds. It lies in the coral gardens south of Wasini Island and encompasses three small coral rag forest islands, each with considerable areas of fringing reef. Kisite is one of the most rewarding snorkelling locations at the coast. Visitors can also enjoy bird watching, diving and of course, sunbathinh
WHEN TO GO?
The Park is open all year round. Snorkeling is good throughout the year but the sea gets rough between April and July during South East monsoon winds and its advisable to visit the park as from 08:00.
The marine park is located on the south coast, 40km from Ukunda town in Msambeni District of coast province. The ecosystem covers a marine area with four small islands surrounded by coral-reef. KisiteIsland is covered in low grass and herbs while Mpunguti Islands have dense coastal equatorial forest. Sea grasses Cymodoceaserrulata and Syringodiumisoetifolium cover a large area of the sub-littoral zone of the reef. Marine algae include Padinacommersonii, Dictyotabartayresiana, Bostrychiabinderi, Ulva lactuca, Dictyosphaora sp., Udoteaindica, and Halimedaopuntia. Major attractions include the Dolphins, coral gardens and it is an important site for snorkelling, diving and bird watching. The beautiful sandy beach is good forenviromental friendly recreational activities.
Dolphin Dhow - Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park
- Recreational activities that are environmentally friendly
- Licensed filming
- Bird watching
- Dolphin Watch
CODE OF CONDUCT;
Like all wild animals, dolphins, whales and whale sharks are unpredictable. They may spend many minutes in surface waters or may be seen for a few seconds then suddenly disappear. We are careful not to disturb them as we are, after all, in their territory and must treat them with utmost respect. We approach them slowly keeping our distance, gaining their TRUST and appreciating the chance to view these wonderful creatures. The captain’s considerate boat driving is also important.
As members of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and International Dolphin Watch we ensure that we follow their CODE OF CONDUCT when encountering these wonderful creatures of the wild which reads as follows:
INTERACTION WITH MARINE MAMMALS:
- Do not chase or harass. Allow them to take the initiative. If they swim away do not continue to pursue them.
- Do not crowd around them. If more than two boats move away.
- Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction. Maintain boat in neutral gear.
- Take special care when young ones are present.
- When feeding or mating keep your distance and observe quietly.
- Move away if you notice any signs of distress.
Pick up and transfers from either north coast or south coast shall depend on each hotel location and to be confirmed at the trip booking.
North Coast pick up times are;
From 05:00 hours to 06:00 hours
South Coast pick up times are;
From 06:45 hours to 07:25 hours
Arrive in Shimoni jet
0830 hours to 0900 hours
Prepare for the cruise start, use of wash room, a boarding the boat, welcome by our crew and take off 0900 hours to 1100 hours
Cruise to Kisite Mpunguti Marine Reserve, soft drinks are provided on the way with a possibility of dolphins spotting and measure masks as cruise on
1100 hours 1215 hours
Snorkelling in Kisite Mpunguti Marine Reserve
1215 hours to 1315 hours
Sailing to Wasini Island as you take soft drinks
1315 hours to 1430 hours
Lunch in our ocean facing restaurant
- All drinks are inclusive
- Sea weed
- Rice with coconuts sauce
- Vegetarian and chicken is possible
- Special food available if ordered in advance could be arranged
- 1430 hours 1600 hours
Relaxing in the restaurant enjoying the ocean view and breeze (this is online so below to be added)
Visit Shimoni Slave Caves Community project (optional at an extra fee of US$ 5.00)
WHAT TO BRING
- Water friendly Shoes
- Swimming Costume
- Good Sun Protection
- Money for souvenirs and cave visit
- Beer and wine
- Snorkeling equipment
- Marine reserve fees
- All our transport has insurance
- Prescription masks, snorkels, fins and diving equipment. Soft drinks (sodas), mineral water and fruits served on the dhow.
- Gratuities for the service
- Entry in to the Shimoni Sleeve cave
- Things of personal use