Wasini Island

I took a trip to Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park, a protected wildlife area that covers part of the sea on the far south of Kenya’s coast, close to the border with Tanzania.

blue water

It is one of the most beautiful places I have been to, and was so good that I went twice, making the trips within a couple of weeks of each other.

dhows at shimoni jetty

Dhows at the pier in Shimoni

tropical water

A tropical island with white sands in a brilliant green sea.

Wasini Island

Dolphins swim in the waters around Wasini and there is also an amazing coral reef.

Wasini Island dolphin

Wasini Island

The island is undeveloped and there are no roads or cars. The only way to reach it is by boat. From Shimoni on the mainland you can take a traditional Swahili dhow across to Wasini Island.

dhows

Kenyan dhows

mangroves

Mangrove lagoon

wasini 3

wasini 4

water 2

water 3

Wasini Island

A famous restaurant on the island is Charlie Claw’s, which specialises in crab dishes. We ate crabs and lobster, which were served up on large wooden blocks. The shells of the large crabs had to be broken into with another wooden block. It was an adventurous meal.

Wasini Island

A ferry approaches the dhow from the shore. Charlie Claw’s restaurant is in the background.

Wasini Island

water from dhow

View from a dhow

Wasini Island

The village of Wasini

Wasini Island

coral garden

The island has a coral ‘garden’, which is coral reef that has turned into rock. Once upon a time the sea covered the island, and this coral was alive underwater, part of the reef. With the retreat of the sea, the coral has died and formed this exposed ‘garden’ of rocks.

coral garden

boardwalk

Boardwalk through the mangrove swamp

Mangroves grow everywhere around the coast of the island. We planted mangroves by dropping their seedlings vertically down into the water. Mangroves are one of the only trees that can live in salt water. Seedlings grow on the tree itself, and when mature drop down into the water.

Wasini Island

Wasini Island

On the dhow

Wasini Island

Wasini Island

The rocky coast of Wasini Island

Wasini Island

Wasini Island

Dolphins in the marine national park

Wasini Island

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3 Responses

  1. Jet Eliot says:

    W hat a wonderful place this is…I hope it remains secluded. Beautiful photos….☺

  2. Kamila Pala says:

    It looks amazing! Beautiful pics 🙂 Bye. Kamila

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