Kenya Tourist Attractions

Malindi Marine National Reserve

Malindi Marine National Reserve Kenya is located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Kenya, it is claimed to be the oldest marine reserve in Africa. The reserve lies at Malindi, about 118km north of Mombasa and is protected and administered by the Kenya Wildlife Service, along with watamu marine national reserve, Malindi Marine Park is enclosed by the Malindi Marine National Reserve. Malindi Marine National reserve is a beautiful slice of Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline as it provides the perfect getaway, from swimming with zebrafish to windsurfing.

Malindi Marine National Reserve is endowed with magnificent resources such as fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, seagrass beds, mudflats, mangroves, marine mammals, turtles and various species of shorebirds.

Attractions in Malindi Marine National Reserve.

Ocean Marine Life.

During your visit to Malindi Marine National Reserve, you can will get close and view some of the sea creatures some of which includes the star fish, Octopus, dolphin, jelly fish, zebra fish which you may have to swim along with, deep sea turtles, several birds a shore.

Malindi Marine National Reserve
Ocean Marine Life


This is the most beautiful slice of Kenya’s Indian Ocean it provides the perfect gate way, the reserve is endowed with magnificent resources such as fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, sea grass beds, mangroves, mudflats, marine mammals, turtles and various species of shorebirds.

Various attractions of Malindi marine National Reserve includes, Magical island, sea turtles, clean oceanic beach and warm water, invertebrates, Benthic cover, Dolphins, these are the major attractions of the reserve that visitors do enjoy during their visit in the reserve.

Activities done in Malindi Marine National Reserve.

Bird watching.

Bird enthusiasts have a great chance to enjoy the Malindi Marine National Reserve, they do visit the salt water lagoon known as Mida Greek which is 20km from Malindi. In the reserve there as well various bird species to explore.


In the reserve the guests can enjoy a fabulous marine adventure by getting a boat to the off- shore coral formation. The best time for snorkeling is two hours on the low tide.

Scuba Diving.

It is one of the most popular activities in the reserve, most of the sites are located approximately 20 minutes offshore by boat. Diving lessons are available and equipment is available for hiring.

Malindi Marine National Reserve
scuba diving


Fishing is a limited activity at the island, but it can be done at the reserve. The ocean is very rich with various fish species and fishing gears are available.


Here during the guest’s visit to the reserve they can relax and chill under the sun and enjoy the sunset from the beach along with the cool breeze of the Indian Ocean.

Where to stay in Malindi Marine National Reserve.

Accommodations in Malindi Marine national reserve has got classifications ranging from budget, mid-range and luxury, it’s the choice of the guest to adopt the right choice he or she wants. The accommodations in the reserve are so comfort environment such as the Ocean Beach Resort and Spa, Diamonds Dream of Africa and among others, as well the reserve also offers camping to the guests to experience the wild nature of the reserve.

Entrance fees of Malindi Marine National reserve.


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How to get to Malindi Marine National reserve.

Malindi Marine National Reserve can be accessed by both the air and road means of transport.

By Road means.

Most of the travelers drive to Malindi either in hire car or private car is very easy. You can still board buses and matatus which are regular means of transport along the North coast, private taxis from Mombasa can be got in any town or at most hotels or resort.

By Air means.                                                              

Others use flight means to the Malindi Marine National Reserve because the reserve is close to Malindi airport which offers daily scheduled  flights to Mombasa, Lamu and Nairobi, as well private charter is also served.

Malindi Marine National Reserve is the Africa’s first marine reserve, it’s a treasure of fringing reefs, coral gardens, lagoons, seagrass and every sort of sea life-turtles, dolphin, fish and shorebirds. The clarity of the water and unending variety of the reserve’s marine life guarantees near –perfect diving and snorkeling.

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