Kisite / Wasini Island
Wasini Island lies off the southern Indian Ocean coast of
Kenya next to Shimoni. It is approximately 5km long and 1km across. The Island
is sparsely populated and undeveloped. There are no cars or roads. The island is
next to the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park. A site of early Swahili
civilisation, its attractions include exposed coral reefs.
Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park is situated on the southern coast of Kenya near Shimoni and south of Wasini Island in Kwale District near the Tanzanian border. Kisite park covers 11 square kilometres while Mpunguti reserve covers 28 square kilometres.
The trip started at the hotel, along the southcoast to
Shimoni, close to the Tanzanian border. The landscape is again totally
different. Partly you can see dense wood, at the coast you see mangroves.In
Shimoni we board a dhau (a typical boad with a tuff crew). We went through the
Pemba Chanal , around Wasini Island to Kisite Marine National Reserve.
Kisite park covers 11 square kilometres while Mpunguti reserve covers 28 square kilometres. The park covers an area with four small islands surrounded by coral reef. Marine life is in abundance, including Trigger fish, Moray eel, Angelfish, Butterfly fish, Groupers and and and...
Only five kilometres long and one across, Wasini is a nice place to visit.
Heavily wooded with no cars, roads or running water, you are guaranteed peace
here. It takes a couple of hours to stroll around the island on narrow footpaths
and en route you will come across Muslim ruins, local women and men at work in
the sun, and coral gardens which you can walk through - rather like snorkelling
on land. Occasionally during spring tides, these gardens are claimed back by the
sea when the tides rush in. We had Lunch at Wasini Restaurant.