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Kisite and Mpunguti Marine Parks are located on the south coast off Shimoni and south of Wasini Island in Kwale District on the south Kenyan coast near the Tanzanian border. Kisite park covers 11 square km while Mpunguti reserve covers 28 square Km. 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. 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. Kisite and Mpunguti Marine Parks are located 40 kms from Mombasa via Diani & Kwale road.

  • Coral Gardens.


  • Snorkelling,
  • Diving,
  • Bird watching

Common Vegetation

  • Kisite is flat and treeless,
  • covered in low grass and herbs while Mpunguti Islands have dense coastal equatorial forest,
  • Sea grasses Cymodocea serrulata and Syringodium isoetifolium cover a large area of the sub-littoral zone of the reef
  • Marine algae include Padina commersonii, Dictyota bartayresiana, Bostrychia binderi, Ulva lactuca, Dictyosphaora sp., Udotea indica, and Halimeda opuntia