Marine National Parks
Malindi and Gede Ruins
Depart for Malindi town dating back to the 14th century the town is famous by the visit of famous Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama when he signed the trade agreement in 1498 and erected the coral pillar which was eventually named after him.the3 tour starts with a visit to the arbuko sokoke forest home to high endemic mammals ,birds insects and plants. All fishing within the Malindi Marine National Park is forbidden; so is the extraction of shells, starfish and coral. It is the coral gardens in the middle of the park, seen by skin diving, snorkeling or peering through the hull of a glass-bottomed boat, which is the fascination. Technicolor fish of various sizes and impossible shapes swim in a dazzling array. Flutemouths, thornheads, halfbeaks, zebra and parrotfish, hawkfishes, lizard fishes, trigger fishes, porcupine fish, puffers and hundreds of others bejewel the reef. Octopus pulse away in fear, rays wriggle to conceal themselves under a coat of sand; these and many more marvels live in abundance and safety within the Park’s boundaries.
The Gedi Ruins are located north of Watamu and are signposted from the village of Gedi. Been one of Kenya’s great unknown treasures, a wonderful lost city lying in the depths of the great Arabuko Sokoke forest. It is also a place of great mystery, an archaeological puzzle that continues to engender debate among historians. archaeological sites and is believed to contain the ruins of a city that once had a population of about 2500. It was populated in the latter half of the 13th century, and the size of some of the buildings, in particular the mosque, suggests that this was a fairly wealthy town for some time. However, it is not mentioned in any Arabic or Swahili writings and was apparently unknown to the Portuguese although they maintained a strong presence in Malindi just 15 km away.
It is believed that this was because it was set away from the sea, deep in the forest. Possibly as a result of an attack from marauding tribesmen of the Oromo or Galla tribe, the city was abandoned at some time during the 16th century. Lack of water may have also been a contributing factor as wells over 50-m deep dried out. It was later rein habited but never regained the economic position that it once had held. It was finally abandoned in the early 17th century and the ruins were rediscovered in 1884. The site was declared a national monument in 1948 and has been excavated since then. It has been well preserved.Proceed to Vasco Da Gamma pillar which marks the last point stop in Africa before Vasco Da Gama Sailed across to India in then to the luxurious scorpion villas after which you will proceed to the Kenya falconry, with a huge collection of birds end with a short tour of malindi town where you will visit the woodcarving factory, the shopping centre among other from here visit the snake park before driving to Mombasa.
Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park is considered to be the most magnificent of all Kenyan marine parks. The marine park is located on the south coast, 40km from Ukunda town in Msambeni District of coast province and contains three small islands Mpunguti ya Juu, Mpunguti ya Chini and Liwe la Jahazi, and the slightly larger Kisite Island. . The complex covers a marine area with four small islands surrounded by coral reef. Kisite Island is a small waterless coral island, 8 km offshore in the Marine Park. The ecosystem covers a marine area with four small islands surrounded by coral-reef. Kisite Island is covered in low grass and herbs while Mpunguti Islands have dense coastal equatorial.
Coral platforms around the raised central portion are exposed at low tide. The three other coral islets in the park (Mpunguti ya Juu, Mpunguti ya Chini and Liwe la Jahazi) lie closer to the larger Wasini Island, are scrub covered and support no significant wildlife or birds. The surrounding waters have well developed coral gardens and a large variety of fish.
Major attractions include the Dolphins, coral gardens and it is an important site for snorkeling, diving and bird watching. The beautiful sandy beach is good for environmental friendly recreational activities.
Wasini Island lies off the southern Indian Ocean coast of Kenya next to Shimoni. It is approximately 5km long and 1km across. There are no cars or roads on Wasini Island. The island is next to the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park. A site of early Swahili civilization, its attractions include exposed coral reefs. Where dolphin spotting dinghy – following pods to take you, hopefully, to the dolphins.
On many occasions curious dolphins join guests and play both on the surface and under the water. Slow moving turtles saunter over the reefs. The sandy bottom is home to many different rays and spotty moray eels look out from their daytime homes within the reefs therein while deep crevasses hide giant grouper, giant coral heads standing out from the reef wall are covered with myriads of colorful fish. If you are an experienced snorkelers, you can be dropped off to do a drift snorkel back to the moored dhow.
Sail in the calm waters on the leeward side of the island & enjoy guided snorkeling & diving at excellent snorkeling & shallow diving sights. Cared for & have fun with the team whilst snorkeling, using the dinghy viewers or diving. On many occasions curious dolphins join guests and play both on the surface and under the water. Slow moving turtles saunter over the reefs. The sandy bottom is home to many different rays and spotty moray eels look out from their daytime homes within the reefs therein while deep crevasses hide giant grouper, giant coral heads standing out from the reef wall are covered with myriads of colorful fish. If you are an experienced snorkellers, you can be dropped off to do a drift snorkel back to the moored dhow
From the best swimmer to the non-swimmer no one is left alone. The single or fun dive is so interesting, diving between & around interesting coral heads. All equipment is provided including glass bottomed viewers for the use of non-swimmers.
Lunch on the island where the food is always fresh and caters for all, Rarely do guests leave without having tried the famous Charlie Claw’s crab, or alternatively choose from Succulent fish fresh from the fisherman’s basket, barbequed chicken or Swahili vegetarian. An interesting traditional choice of menu.
Everyone enjoys the beautiful sea view from the restaurant where a gentle sea breeze keeps guests cool and relaxed all through their lunch. With plenty of remaining time on the island visit the village, join the ladies on a guided walk aboard their wooden walkway into, around & above ancient natural coral sculptures & deep into the mangroves – a rare opportunity & supporting the ladies of the island. Alternatively relax around & in the only one on the island.
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