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Mpunguti Island Dive Sites

Coral Gardens (Pink Reef)

Pink Reef is a small round reef with a profusion of pink and lavender soft coral. There are hundreds of rainbow-coloured anthias (flamebacks), goldies, angelfish and butterflyfish swimming through the lavender, blue, pink and purple coral formations.
Location: Approximately 300m (1 000ft) northwest of Inner Mpunguti Island.
Access: About 35 minutes by dhow from Shimoni or 15 minutes by dive boat.
Condition: Generally clear and calm, with little current present during the diving season. Also diveable in fair weather during the rainy season.
Average depth: 10m (33ft)
Maximum depth: 12m (40ft)
Average Visibility: 10-30m (33-100ft)
Average Water temperature: 25-29oC (77-84oF)


Captain Hassan’s Reef

The reef is unspoilt and lilac-blue soft corals are to be found along most of the reef’s length. The coral formations on Captain Hassan’s Reef are often inhabited by orange fairy damselfish. Turtles have been spotted resting among the coral growths, and brightly coloured angelfish and surgeonfish abound.

Further to the west there are some isolated coral heads that attract bigger fish, such as jacks and large slatey sweetlips.
The reef is extremely scenic and ideal for a relaxed and easy dive.
Location: To the east of Outer Mpunguti Island.
Access: Approximately 40 minutes by dhow from Shimoni or 20 minutes by dive boat.
Conditions: Generally clear and calm with little current present during the diving season. Also diveable in fair weather during the rainy season.
Average depth: 10m (33ft)
Maximum depth: 16m (52ft)
Average Visibility: 10-30m (33-100ft)
Average water temperature: 25-29 oC (77-84 oF)

Dolphin Point

The top of the reef lies at a shallow 3m (10ft) on the island side and inclines down to the sandy bottom, which is found at 12m. The coral is undamaged, and bigeyes and squirrelfish abound. There are varieties of lionfish and turkeyfish, and dense shoals of yellow-striped snappers. Large parrotfish feed off the coral, but not many other big fishare present. As the name suggests though dolphins are often in the close vicinity of the reef.

The entire area covered by this dive falls within the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve, so park fees are payable before entering or diving.
Location: Slightly to the southeast of Outer Mpunguti Island.
Access: Approximately 45 minutes by dhow from Shimoni or 25 minutes by fast dive boat.
Conditions: Generally clear and calm during the diving season, and also diveable in fair weather and during the rainy season.
Average depth: 10m (33ft)
Maximum depth: 12m (39ft)
Average visibility: 10-30m (33-100ft)
Average water temperature: 25-29oC (77-84oC)

Last Updated on Monday 7th December 2009

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