Why Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve
Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve is famous and protected Marine and National park in Mombasa. It was established as a park in 1986, and it encloses the more significant part of the lagoon and back reef. This makes Mombasa Marine Park one of the many Reserves that work to protect the safety of the coral reef, and sustain the ocean ecosystem by providing food to more than 1 million species of the Indian Ocean. The coastal beach is a tourist destination and is famous for snorkeling, sea diving, and its aquatic sea life. The vast sea species that can be seen in the reserve are the sea cucumbers, sea urchins, brain coral, pavonia coral, Favia coral, and the Acropora coral.
How to Get There
By road: Tourists mainly from the Rift Valley may use the Nakuru- Nairobi highway which later connects to the Nairobi and Mombasa highway. It is roughly a 5-6-hour drive. The Marine park can be accessed via Mombasa city center and connect with a boat to various parts of the beaches.
By air: this means makes getting to Mombasa from the capital of Kenya a very short distance. It is a45 minutes flight from Nairobi to Mombasa. Commercial flights are available throughout the day from various significant towns in Kenya.
By train: the new standard gauge trains from Nairobi to Mombasa and vice versa is an on-schedule train which is booked in advance before one gets to travel. It’s an adventurous trip since it passes several National parks including the famous Nairobi National Park.
What to expect
Marine life: It is home to many species such as crabs, octopus, jellyfish, starfish, and many sea life species. The abundant coral reef attracts a variety number of fishes such as the green parrot, butterfly fish, and the famous small damselfish.
Scuba diving and snorkeling: this is one of the endless activities to do at the beach every day. It’s an adventurous experience from swimming and boarding a boat to the deep sea to go scuba diving and snorkeling. Visitors get fascinated with the marine sea bed which hosts habitat to millions of species.
Beach: the coastal town has several beaches that are a popular tourist destination. Here, you will find tourists relaxing, sunbathing walking, and jogging on the beach lines. Some famous destinations are the Nyali, Diani, and Bamburi beaches.
Hotels and lodges near the Marine Park are quite a number. Preference and price depend on the time and period when you visit the coastal town. Point to note is that the hotel rates do vary depending on the time of the year. Visitors who would love to camp on the warm coast climate can do so at the Mombasa Marine campsite, which is available for both adults and children.
Why is Mombasa Marine park Famous?
- It is a turtle and dolphin territory
- One of the world top place to visit when thinking of sea diving.
- It is also home to large coastal communities who present their rich culture.
- Mombasa Marine Park is the number one world protector of the famous coral reefs.
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