Malindi Marine National Park
Malindi Marine National Park was established in 1968 and became the first protected marine area in Kenya. Eleven years later, the UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve Program identified the area as a Biosphere Reserve. The park is 6 km’s square. The park is located south of Malindi town extending to Mida creek, neighboring Gede ruins and Arabuko Sokoke forest and is enveloped by a national reserve and a 100 ft strip of coastal land starting from Vasco-da-Gama pillar to Watamu.
Marine Animals and Plants
Malindi Marine National Park is endowed with magnificent resources. There are over 300 species of fish including the Barracuda, Sharks, Angel Fish, and Surgeon Fish Lobsters, Crabs, Clams, Octopus, Star Fish and a variety of other invertebrates. Various species of Algae including Coralline Algae, Fleshy Algae and Algal Turf Lagoons housing coral gardens including Boulder Coral, Organ Pipe Coral and Stag horn and coral mangroves.
Sea Bird Watching
Marine Birds in the park include Roseate and Bridled Terns, which nest on Whale Island, and many shore birdse
Nature walk along the beach
Trips to Manyugu, a tidal Island, where you can have fresh food
Visits to the Coral Gardens to see the tropical fish in their natural environment
Swimming and Sun Bathing in Malindi Marine National park the warm ocean water are activities enjoyed by all ages
Malindi Marine National park beach has a stunning collection of marine life and there is no better way to connect with marine life than jet skiing. Water temperatures are warm throughout the year
Glass Bottom Boat Rides are beneficial to those who do not prefer to engage in snorkeling in the marine reserve. During the glass bottom boats you will see the park’s sandy bottoms and stony coral that protect a thriving population of fish and marine mammals.
These include octopus, manta rays, and three species of sea turtles. Watch for wildlife through the boat’s glass viewing area; see some of the park’s 300 species of fish, from lionfish to snapper and brightly-striped angelfish.
Wearing only your swimsuit, snorkel and mask, you watch varied fishes like zebra, angel, snapper, butterfly, scorpion, rubber, puffer, damsel and too many other species to name!. With more than 300 species of fishes and 45 varieties of coral, you are sure to be enchanted by all that you see.
The clear blue waters of Malindi Marine Park hides a thriving marine bio-system, which includes fringing reefs, sea grass beds, mangroves, and lagoons, filled with stunning brightly-colored coral gardens, just bristling with intriguing sea creatures.
October to April is the best months for diving. The water is warm and inviting all year round.
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