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Africa’s Oldest Marine Park, Magical Islands, Zebra Fish

Malindi Marine National Park & Reserve was the first Marine Protected Area to be established in Kenya in 1968 and was designated as a Biosphere Reserve under the Man & Biosphere programme of UNESCO in 1979. The Park is located South of Malindi town from the famous Vasco-Da-Gama Pillar and extending to Watamu.

The Park is well endowed with a variety of unique natural resources such as fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, sea-grass beds, mangroves, mudflats, and a high diversity of fish and marine mammals. These include; humpback dolphins, sea turtles, and shore birds. Among these bird species found in this marine park include; reef fish, sweetlips, surgeon fish, butterfly fish, damsels and parrotfish. Invertebrates include; sponges, marine worms, crustaceans – crabs, lobsters, crayfish and shrimps. Local fishermen benefit from Artisanal fishing for their livelihoods.

Other natural and historical attractions around are the mangrove forest and the Vasco da Gama pillar. The Malindi nightlife is also a great puller of adventurers to the Coastal town.

On the leeward side of the north reef which has a low coral cover, large schools of Barracuda and the occasional reef shark are a common encounter as well as large Rays that feed on the bottom. Whether snorkeling or scuba diving, you are sure to marvel at the underwater beauty and may just bump into other regular visitors who include sea turtles feeding on the thalassic beds and dolphins feeding on shimmering schools of sardines.

Attractions & Activities

Swimming in the crystal-clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean, visitors can also enjoy & undertake recreation activities in this veritable paradise including glass bottom boat rides & tours, bird- watching, camping, scenic viewing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sun bathing, beach walking, reef walks, picnicking, island barbeques, weddings and filming in and around the garden. Various water sports that visitors can partake include; sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking and jet skiing. This beautiful slice of Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline provides the perfect getaway for relaxation.

Conferencing Facilities: – A resource center with a conference hall up to a capacity of 50 people with audio visual equipment.

There’s also an education facility that features informative posters on display for visitors free access.

Visit the coral garden to see tropical fish in their natural environment. A trip to the famous Sardinia Magical Island where you can have barbecue, fresh sea food for your lunch is a must.

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Stay in the Wild. Explore. Create memories

Set in the quietude of nature, KWS offers a modest and wide range of self-catering accommodation options targeting the budget traveler. Whether you are looking to get away from the daily grind of life, away from the hustle and bustle of life in the city in the serenity of the bush, or just to soak in your senses and reconnect with nature, KWS bandas and guesthouses offer the perfect ambience.

Malindi offers self-contained cottages that are comfortable and cost-effective with a spacious dining hall, kitchen can be hired for self – catering services or with our service cook.

Public campsites:

The campsite has cool shades of indigenous trees which provide scenic and serene environment. Your stay here will bring back memories of unspoiled splendor because nature is precious as it was intended to be. The camp is equipped with barbeque and cooking areas, security lights and 2 flush toilet/bathroom facilities The grounds are ideal for team building, wedding receptions, graduation parties, birthday parties and meetings

For the public campsites, standard amenities are provided; water, toilet/bathroom and kitchen area.

Public campsites do not require prior booking. However, contact the park for more information on this.

*Prevailing camping rates apply per person per day for both special and public campsites including other park charges.

What to take with you

  • Personal effects; drinking water, food, camping gear/ equipment if the visitor intends to stay overnight.

  • Also important are; Camera, Hat, binoculars, guide books, sunscreen, insect repellant, first aid kit, sunglasses and appropriate beach wear.

Park Fees


Adult: KES 130

Child/Student: KES 125


Adult: $17

Child/Student: $13

Mode of Payment

MPesa. Visa Card. Direct deposits to KWS bank accounts. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

Special Services

Security/Guided tour per guide:

  • KES 1,720 – up to 4 hours

  • KES 3,015 – Over 4 hours

Vehicle parking charges are KES 100 per day

How to get there

By Road: Malindi Marine National Park is situated about 5km from Malindi town via Casuarina road.

By Air: Malindi airport

By Rail: Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Syokimau (Nairobi Terminus) to Miritini (Mombasa Terminus) train stations, then connect by road.

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