Holaa Safari Kenya

Wasini Dolphin Trip & Kisite Marine Park


About Wasini & Kisite

Wasini Island and Kisite Marine Park are two jewels of the Kenyan coast, located in the southeastern region of the country near the Tanzanian border. This pristine marine ecosystem boasts an abundance of marine life and stunning coral reefs, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and conservationists alike.

Wasini Island, a small and idyllic island measuring just over 5 square kilometers, serves as the gateway to the Kisite Marine Park. It is inhabited by a small community of Swahili people who have traditionally relied on fishing and tourism for their livelihoods. The island offers visitors a glimpse into traditional Swahili culture and a chance to experience the laid-back coastal lifestyle.

Kisite Marine Park, established in 1973, covers an area of approximately 39 square kilometers and comprises a cluster of four small coral rag forest islands surrounded by coral reefs. The park is renowned for its rich biodiversity, including colorful coral gardens, more than 250 species of marine fish, dolphins, turtles, and a variety of invertebrates. The coral reefs provide vital habitat for these marine creatures and contribute significantly to the region’s ecological health.

One of the main attractions of Kisite Marine Park is its thriving population of dolphins. Several species, including bottlenose dolphins and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, frequent the park’s waters, delighting visitors with their playful antics and acrobatic displays. Boat excursions are available for tourists to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, offering unforgettable opportunities for wildlife encounters.

Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities in Kisite Marine Park, allowing visitors to explore the vibrant underwater world teeming with life. The crystal-clear waters offer excellent visibility, revealing an array of coral formations, fish species, and other marine creatures. Snorkelers can glide over the shallow reefs, while divers can venture deeper to discover hidden treasures such as underwater caves and shipwrecks.

In addition to its natural beauty, Kisite Marine Park plays a crucial role in marine conservation efforts. The park is protected by strict regulations aimed at preserving its delicate ecosystem and promoting sustainable tourism practices. Conservation initiatives include reef monitoring, community engagement programs, and efforts to combat illegal fishing and habitat degradation.

Visitors to Wasini Island and Kisite Marine Park can also enjoy other activities such as birdwatching, nature walks, and traditional Swahili cuisine served in local restaurants. The warm hospitality of the islanders adds to the charm of this coastal paradise, making it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an unforgettable marine adventure in Kenya.

Safari Itinerary

You will be picked from your hotel at around 7.15 am and drive to Wasini Island along Mombasa – Lunga Lunga highway, a distance of 100 kms, arriving at around 8.30 am. Arrive at Shimoni Jet where you will board an Arabic dhow and sail for one hour searching for dolphins. Sail to Kisite marine national park where you will snorkel and swim.

Kisite Marine national park is the second most famous marine park in the world after the Australian Marine Park. It covers an area of 30km2. Animals seen here include turtles, marine tortoise, bearreeffs, coral reefs and different types of marine fishes.

You will have your lunch at a restaurant in Wasini Island which is mainly sea food and Swahili dishes. After lunch, you will sail along the mangrove swamps and then visit the Wasini Island where you will learn more about the Swahili people and the Arabs history.

In the 10th century, Arabs were slave traders and they used to inter marry with the Bantus at the coast and there we had the Swahili people. After the end of the slave trade in the 17th century, many Africans settled here and so don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the Swahili people.

Arrive at the jet at around 4.00 pm and drive back to the hotel.

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