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MOMBASA MARINE PARK EXPERIENCE WITH AFRICANMECCA
Mombasa Marine National Park is the most popular of the marine protected areas due to ease of accessibility and a favorite among Mombasa snorkelers and scuba divers due to its abundant marine life, beautiful blue water and spectacular coral reefs. The high number of north coast accommodations in Nyali and Bamburi draws in thousands of tourists from around the world. As part of AfricanMecca’s seaside offerings, we organize marine life activities and boating trips into the park aboard a dive speedboat or a glass-bottomed boat.
The Mombasa Park is one of the later gazetted marine parks in Kenya and is a combination of national park, which covers almost 4 square miles (10 sq. km), and a national reserve, covering a little less than 80 square miles (200 sq. km). Mombasa Marine Park is one of many that work together to preserve the fragile coral reef on the Kenyan coast that stretches for 143 miles (230 kilometers) along the shoreline.
The reef plays an important role in the ocean ecosystem by providing safety and food to almost one million species of marine life. The various colors, shapes and sizes of the coral are incredible and some of the species that you may see in the Indian Ocean are the brain coral, pavona coral, open-branched stag's horn coral, acropora coral and favia coral.
Aquatic sea life thrives in the park and many species are represented, such as sea urchin, crab, starfish, octopus, jellyfish, sea cucumber and many more, The thriving coral attracts a variety of fish, such as multi-colored angelfish, green parrotfish, butterflyfish, zebrafish, lionfish and small damselfish. You may also see some of the larger marine life, such as shark, rays, various turtle, including loggerhead, leatherback, hawksbill and green sea turtle and dolphin, including bottlenose, spinner and humpback.
If you are in Mombasa during turtle breeding and hatching season, AfricanMecca Safaris recommends that you visit the beaches of Watamu to watch these large, slow moving animals lay their eggs in the sand and leaving back for the ocean. Hatching happens around 60 days later. With average temperatures in the 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 33 Celsius) and relatively high humidity levels, snorkeling or diving lets you cool in the midst of a very warm day. The southeast monsoon winds that blow from April to October and northeast winds from November to March can affect your diving conditions (read more on when is the best time to go to Mombasa).
Kenya’s reefs are recognized as one of the world’s top three dive sites in the world by experienced divers, with the other two being the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Red Sea Reef. The waters along the Kenyan shore are always crystal clear and warm. Wreck and night diving are available too, truly affording a discerning marine exploration experience.
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BEACH HOLIDAYING IN MOMBASA
Bury your toes in the soft white sand while watching soothing waves lap the Mombasa shoreline. The aquamarine of the Indian Ocean stretches as far as the eye can see, meeting the blue sky on the horizon.
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WHERE TO STAY IN MOMBASA
The South Coast is where you will find the highest level luxury accommodations, few of which are The Funzi Keys, AfroChic Diani and also Alfajiri Villas where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have stayed.
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GUIDE ON MOMBASA
As you walk along the winding streets of Mombasa, you will be captivated by the mixture and acceptance of varied cultures, history and coastal metropolitan flair that is reflected in the people and architecture.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT MOMBASA
When combined with a wildlife safari, the two dry seasons from July through October and January until February are the best times to visit Mombasa as the sky has few, if any, clouds, and sunshine is abundant.
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I want to let you know we had a wonderful time in Kenya and everything went a planned! We also enjoyed Pinewood Village by the ocean in Mombasa. Thanks so much for all you and your company did for us.
James Brubaker & Michael Hess - Pennsylvania, United States
From the moment we arrived in Mombasa, there were transportation officers there to collect us. Great trip, and AfricanMecca were really organised and gave us all the information. Thanks for everything!
Mark Cobb - London, United Kingdom
Dear Raza, You turned our dream into a reality. Our honeymoon and wedding in Kenya was so much more than we hoped for. We've never in our wildest dreams thought a vacation could be so perfect. We were spoiled...
Mrs Annemarie Bain - New York, United States
My daughter's and my trip that AfricanMecca arranged to South Coast Mombasa, Diani Reef Beach Resort was awesome. We laid on the beach quite a bit, but did manage to take in camel rides and also snorkelling.
Shirley Smith - Alberta, Canada
Jambo Altaf, I want to let you know that both Dorothy and I found our two week trip to Kenya to be an absolutely wonderful experience. Our booking through AfricanMecca for our trip delivered everything we hoped for and more.
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Dear Raza, Just a note to let you know that my daughter and I had a wonderful time in Kenya. In, fact I enjoyed my time in Kenya so much that I changed my plans to spend a few days in London and spent an extra two days in Mombasa.
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I am writing to let you know that my mother and her friend, Carole, had a very good holiday in Kenya. We were all very happy with all your help in booking the trip. All the arrangements you had made for them went very smoothly.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI & BEACH BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR MOMBASA IN EASTERN KENYA
When beach vacationing in Mombasa, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Mombasa attractions and tour activities after your Kenya safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a twin-beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu.
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