Kiunga Marine National Reserve
Kiunga Marine National Reserve is a tropical paradise of coral reefs, warm clear waters, and sand dunes. Its marine ecosystem incorporates a chain of about 50 calcareous offshore islands and coral reefs in the Lamu Archipelago, running 60km parallel to the coastline and adjacent to Dodori and Boni National Reserves on the mainland.
Kiunga itself is a remote, unspoiled village on the mainland about 50 km northeast of Lamu. Visitors normally fly into a small airstrip or take a boat ride from Lamu. Kiwayu Island is the only inhabited island in the Kiunga Marine Reserve.
The larger and sheltered inner islands are covered with thorny vegetation including grass, aloes, and creepers. The small outer islands provide nesting sites for migratory seabirds. The reserve conserves valuable coral reefs, seagrass, and extensive mangrove forests and is also a refuge for sea turtles and dugongs.
Major sights here include sea turtles, olive ridley, reef fish, lobsters, sea urchins, and sea stars. It is an unspoiled site for windsurfing, diving and snorkeling, water skiing, and sunbathing.