Kisite Marine Park in south coast is easily accessed through Diani. It’s one of the best marine parks in East Africa. A home to picturesque coral gardens and diverse marine animals (life).The fee is about 200KES without any additional fees. We opted for a package option for a day trip to Wasini for 3500KES. This included pick up from and back to the hotel, refreshments on the dhow (soft drinks and snacks), and a stopover at the marine park where you get to swim and see the corals or opt to play the tiny island. The size of the island is determined by the tides of the day. Lunch is at Wasini Island, there’s a village tour and then it’s back to Diani.
The ride to Kisite was such an eye-opener for me. I never knew how much sugarcane is planted that side of Kenya and to even have a factory and sell sugar locally in the coast. It took us about 2 hours to get to Kisite. The waiting room has so much information on different things. It feels like a super tiny museum.
After waiting for what felt like an eternity finally it was time for some sea adventure. We got on to the dhow which was slow and fun. You get to enjoy it all, the high tides, the rough and smooth waters. The selfies just look and feel way better. There was ample space to enjoy the refreshments. After an hour or so we were at the Marine Park. We wore our gear and dived into the water to see what heaven on earth looked like. The corals are unbelievable. The fish and the mix of colours and types there is just too amazing. We got to see so many different types of fish including octopuses and coral fish which were my highlight.
We then got back to the dhow, rode for another 30 mins and were welcomed by the great beauty of Wasini. Wasini is such a beauty from the 1st sight, its people, to the food and my personal favorite the coral garden.
Nothing beats delicious food with a view. Seafood at the seashore. Ok, not the seashore, but with the sea view. Lord, the yumminess that was that food was everything. The lunch was basically a seafood buffet that included lobster, crab, octopus (my least favourite), grilled fish accompanied by seaweed ? oooh God I can taste it right now. If you have never tried seaweed you need to. Coconut rice, chapati, cassava made with Wasini love and coconut gravy. Yes, this was a lot of food for two girls who hardly eat but have a great love for good food. Then came the dessert. At this point, we had even forgotten we had a village tour to go for and continued to indulge.
Village tour; Wasini is a small place where you walk everywhere and everyone knows everyone. I wonder how teens get away with some things there?. The paths are quite interesting as shells are part of the stones and corals on the ground.
Like I mentioned, people are super friendly and calm, giving the environment such a positive vibe. As you walk along, the guide explains the history. If you are lucky to get a guide who is passionate about his job you will instantly fall in love with Wasini. I know I did.
The coral garden; this is a world heritage that is a must see space while in Wasini. It’s sad a lot of guides bypass it or just don’t see the beauty in it. I know this because a lot of my friends who have been to Wasini didn’t know about it till I mentioned it. Our 1st guide had skipped this part of the tour until we complained and were given a different guide. This made me love this tiny island. Back to the garden, it’s maintained by the women of the area and charge 100kes to view it. I personally think it should be more ??. The corals are like trees and flowers planted all over the place with water under looking them and causing such a gorgeous effect. I have never seen such amazement. It’s almost impossible to describe the magic there. Perfect for all you people out there who love scenic and magical places. We took a few photos and got to the boat happy. This time we took a speed boat (worst mistake ever).
Next time we will pass by the caves. I hope we actually do remember. The beauty of that garden got us a bit overwhelmed.
While visiting Kisite remember:
1. Carry sunscreen, you will need it while cruising on the dhow, a hat doesn’t help much due to the strong winds.
2. Don’t indulge too much on the way you might not have enough space for the yumminess awaiting you in Wasini.
3. Dress decently – At least cover yourself for the village tour.
4. Carry fun stuff for the kids in the village; stationery, candy, toys, etc.
5. A camera is a must and a lovely attitude for pics.
6. Know the details of the tour; the water transport you are using, the food you will have, the village tour and what it entails etc. That’s what saved us.
7. Don’t hold back from asking for what you paid for.
8. Lastly, enjoy what Kisite has to offer. It’s the home to dolphins and hatchback whales (although other types have been seen) these can be seen at any time of the year depending on how lucky you are. Also speaking of these 2 creatures you can also see them in Watamu around July and October.
Can’t wait to go back.