Well, we all know its in Africa... but where exactly??? Kenya is in Eastern Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the northwest, with the Indian Ocean running along the southeast border. The country is named after Mount Kenya, a significant landmark.
Divers visiting Kenya typically dive in one of the large marine reserves:
- Watamu Marine National Park - a well protected and managed area. This is an important area for egg laying for the endangered Green sea Turtle, which lay on the beaches at Watamu several times a year and they are often seen around this reef.
- Nearby Moray Reef has a breathtaking overhang dropping 28 metres to a sandy bottom. The coral here is a refuge for octopus and eel and a massive semi-tame moray. Whale sharks pass through each year from October to February, with good sightings reported each day.
- Kisite Mpunguti Marine Reserve - for some of the largest Manta Rays on the East African coast.
- Mombasa Marine Park And National Reserve - Mombasa, a coral island off the coast of Kenya, has beautiful coral reef and marine life; this makes the whole experience of diving and snorkeling fabulous.
- The Malindi Marine Park - between the shoreline and the two main reefs, North Reef and Barracuda Reef, runs Barracuda Channel.
In the island archipelagos of Northern Kenya, around Lamu and Manda, new dive sites are currently being explored and made accessible. The reefs along the Kenya coast are extremely diverse and all standards of diving can be found to suit even the most fastidious diver.
- The 80 metre ship MV Dania lies in around 35 metres of water, just off Bamburi Beach. She was fully prepared for sinking (engines removed and hull cleaned to negate any environmental impact) and her interior fully cleared for safe penetration by divers. She now has a specialized "assault course" for trainee divers on her upper deck (at around 15 metres) while special direction lines have been laid below decks for divers who wish to penetrate the wreck.
- The Vuma Caves near Kilifi Creek – at a depth of 20 metres beneath the surface on the face of some seaside cliffs, the open sea around the entrance is a good place to spot dolphins, while the interior of the caves is a refuge for eels, some very large grouper and barracuda. Exit is through a 10 metre chimney which emerges through a hole in the reef above.
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