Marine Conservation at Kisite Mpunguti



I have been involved with projects related to animal conservation throughout. Moniteering the coastline and the marine life was an amazing oppurtunity. Soon I found my way to assist for a marine conservation in Kenya and I knew for sure, this is what I was looking for.

After speaking to several experts in the field, I headed to the headquarters which was located in Kisite- Mpunguti Marine Protected Area in Kenya. The place was picture perfect with coral reefs and mangrove forests.

Kisite Mpunguti coral reefs
The project was to assist the local masses in the area and try to make them understand “how to use their beautiful natural sorrounds to financial gain without harming the local marine population, either by tourism or fishing”.

The task was shared by some other volunteers who had come from different parts of the world. There were seven other volunteers and together we had to help the permanent staff, the international researchers and the Kenyan Wildlife Service students to moniter the marine life.

kisite mpunguti marine park Diving

The work mainly consisted of watching and recording whatever we saw. From counting dolphins, rays, turtles, whales, and whalesharks we had to sail through the island and the reefs on a Stingray.

Kisite mpunguti Turtle

This place is known to be one of the best destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling. This is one of the reasons why it is important to protect the marine life here. The main goal is to promote ecotourism and to use and the profits to manage, protect and sustain the environment.

Kisite marine park Snorkle
After taking trips to look out for dolphin pods in the mornings and the logging in the data in the afternoons, we had to keep looking out for all sorts of things like water temperature, cloud cover, wind direction or walking through the mangroves and trying to study the birds for a change.

Studying the marine life and the way the marine creatures are threatened due to the increasing waste going into the ocean. Tourism can help maintain the sustainable environment for the marine life as the profits get distributed to the cost of maintenance.

The place is extremely marvellous. The tropical island of Kisite Mpunguti is an ideal tourist destination. There are plenty of restuarants which offers you the most delicious local food and you get to enjoy entertainments of all sorts.

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  1. Gytha says:

    Ecotourism is widely popular in Kenya.
    Kenya has got rich and protected marine life..

    Scuba diving and snorkeling is the most famous here..This place is really rich in culture and the food at the local restaurants is palate-appetizing!!

  2. Gretchen says:

    Situated on the southern coast of Kenya is Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park .

    Kisite-Mpunguti consists of an area with four small islands surrounded by coral reef. For diving and snorkeling, the reefs are excellent

    This island is near Shimoni and south of Wasini Island.
    I took my kids along with me in the month of August.

    As we had gone there in the month of August we got to see dolphins and humpback whales in the Shimoni Channel. This place is so rich in marine life.

    My kids saw Moray eel, Angelfish, Grouper, Snappers and Green Sea turtles.

    They were also into another popular activity chasing Butterflies and bird watching!

    What fun!

  3. Sue says:

    Haha Gretchen,

    That’s so much fun!
    Your kids are having the time of their lives and will grow up worldly wise as you are unschooling your children and including them in your expeditions and explorations around the world..

    Great post you’ll agree! :-)

  4. Annabelle says:

    I agree with Sue..Gretchen,

  5. Queena says:

    Deep-sea fishing,is especially fun here! The south of Pemba channel, is prefect for catching kingfish!

    I enjoyed a lot sailing in the Traditional dhows which are mostly used by tourists to ferry from coastal mainland to the main reserve..!

    There are plenty of opportunities to pursue activities like Scuba diving, Whale watching, snorkeling and visiting the National park..!

    I just love this place!

  6. Charles says:

    Hey Queena,

    Looks like you had a lot of fun scuba diving and snorkeling here!

    I never knew that this part of Kenya is so rich in marine wildlife and is great for under water exploration and numerous activities off-shore!

    Thanks so much for this valuable information..I bookmarking you site for further reference..:-)

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