Kisite Mpunguti is where you want to fall in love, it is where you want to retire to, it is where you want to escape from the world, its a great honeymoon destination and yes for all of you who are not in to all that, you can run off to Kisite and hold what would make Project X look like child play. I recommend Lower Mpunguti if that is what you want to do. Either way, the 12 hour ride from Nairobi was totally worth it. I could just be saying it so i will show you and hopefully that will begin to understand. The ocean breeze greets you in the morning and if you stay at the KWS Kisite HQ this is the image that you see when you walk down to the beach.
granted, it is not your white sandy beach, but it is a door way to a day to remember…if you know what you are doing
Otherwise you can just hang out there and wade in the seaweed with urchins (No one likes little pricks)…
or play with the crabs or if you really do not like nature you can have a seat and tweet about how salt water affects metal. If you love fun, however, you want to go to the magic islands, I know, they sound like something right out of Lord of the Rings where Frodo must pass to…How much am i allowed to digress?
On the morning we did the tour, it was beautiful day, blue sky, turquoise water, OK, when i took the pic, the Turquoise kind of got lost..cheap camera, but it was beautiful
We went looking for the Coconut crab which can only be found at Lower Mpunguti, there is very little known about these creatures and as fate would have it, we missed the chance to see them. But i googled a pic for you
They come in two varieties, the Redish kind and and a darker kind, i don’t know if they are different genders or just races, I don’t know, i did not even see the damn thing. And i really wanted to! for once, i wanted to be up close to something, that if given half a chance, would bite off parts i really need. I took stupid pics with a smaller ones and i was planning to upgrade, see?
but it just had to steal my moment of greatness and not be available. If you go there and want to see the Coconut crab, try morning or evening. After not seeing to coconut crab we headed to Kisite and on your way there, if you are a little like me, you will squeal and jump around the 1st time you see a dolphin, Shots of the dolphins are, however, tricky to capture and this is what i got..
Yeah, i know, i suck at that photography thing and only take good shots when its a dead crab on my… moving on.
You may get to see a dhow or two, i thought it was exciting, don’t judge me, i already said it was my first coast trip so, yeah, village boy shall not be judged. so, stop judging and look at the dhow, smile, download, and be happy for me, OK? Moving on,
Ok as it turns out, i was wasting my excitement on the dhow as i should have saved it for this
the Kisite Island. This is what is called the magic island of Kisite and no Frodo did not come by here, there is no official account of that but why it is called a magic island is because it is only there in the morning when the tide is low and disappears in the afternoon. It is the whitest beach i have been to (yes i know i have not been to many but we talked about judgement)
You will get to watch birds and ‘birds’ if there are other tourists… but that is if you have time for that. I went snorkeling. Kisite is said to be the best snorkeling locating IN THE COUNTRY and yes we do have some awesome coral gardens in the other Marine parks we visited; Mombasa & Malindi.
For those who have not done snorkeling, to try and explain it is simple words, it is swimming with the fishes…wait…i mean like literally swimming with the fishes. You have your equipment, mask, Snorkel and if you are lucky, Flippers. and if you are like me, a life jacket. With that on, you can float around, head in the water just you and the fishies for hours.
You lose track of time as you discover this new world. The beautiful coral garden, hundreds of different fish, in all shapes, colors and sizes. You know what? it is not possible to put it in words, this is something you just have to experience next time you are down at the coast. If you do not get to Kisite Mpunguti, which is at the Kenya-Tanzania boarder, you can try Mombasa Marine Park, it is just next to Pirates beach, you can’t get lost…i might, but you shouldn’t.
In the afternoon, you can visit the Wasini island and let the locals feed you, as you learn more about the marvels of their island or you can visit the Slave caves at mashimoni which is a few meters from the KWS Kisite-Mpunguti Marine park HQ. At the end of the day you can reflect at a bonfire or go next door to Smugglers pub, ask for Uncle Sam, jolly good crown. That is how we wound up the day.
The Kisite Mpungiti marine park is located on the south coast, 40km from Ukunda town in Msambeni District of coast province