This protected area is also known as Diani Marine National Park and it is an incredible area that you can visit for your weekend getaway. It was established in 1995 mainly to offer refuge to endangered fish species and coral reefs. It extends from Tiwi Estuary in the north to Chale Island in the south. Chale Marine National Park features a wide range of fish and coral gardens that make it one of the best destinations that you should consider a must to include in your bucket list. It is famous for its varied marine experiences most of which include traditional dhow fishing tours, windsurfing and kite surfing, under water exploration, sailing, snorkeling and many other non motorized water sports and also excursions in the glass bottomed boat viewing experiences.
Other tourist attractions that you can explore in Diani Chale Marine National Reserve include Galu beach which is located south of Kenya just at the coast and serves as an extension of the Diani Beach. This makes it one of the best beach tourist sites that you shouldn’t miss while on vacation in Kenya. Its beach area is strikingly beautiful with clear skies and amazing ocean. Forty Thieves Bar-this features as an entertainment spot in southern coast of Kenya.
How to reach to Diani Chale Marine National Reserve
This protected area can be accessed each day from 9:00am to 5:00pm local time. It is situated in the south coast in Kwale County, Kenya. There are different modes of payment that visitors on safari in Kenya can make when traveling to this reserve. You can make payment by using mobile money, debit or credit cards and you may also need ID, passport. Diani Marine Park can easily be reached via Ukunda Airstrip that takes you approximately five minutes’ drive. Visitors can as well book a flight from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Ukunda Airstrip or from JKIA to Mombasa International Airport. When you are driving from Mombasa, you can take a ferry at Likoni and then drive for about half an hour via Ukunda village. If you are planning to spend your next vacation in Chale Marine National Reserve, you will expected to pay for entry where Kenya citizen adult pays Kshs.130, Kenya citizen child Kshs. 125, Non resident adult $17, Non resident child $13, East African resident adult Kshs.300 and East African resident child Kshs.170.
Where to stay in Chale Marine National Reserve
Safaris in Chale Marine National Reserve are only complete when there are comfortable accommodation facilities for visitor stay over. The nearby hotel options for you to spend a night in this park include Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Research, Afrika Pearl and Spa, Baobab Beach Resort Spa, Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa, Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort, Leopard Beach Resort and Spa, Coconut Beach Apartments, The Villa Luxury Suites Hotel, Sea Breeze Villas, Bahari Dhow Beach Villas, Diani Bay Resort, Swahili Beach Resort and many more.
Lastly, Chale Marine Park is one of the most incredible destinations that reward visitors with incredible marine experiences. There are lots of interesting marine activities for you to thrill your mind and leave a memory in your life.