Mombasa Marine Reserve and National Park
The National Park covers 10 sq. km whilst the Reserve covers 200 sq. km – much of which includes the beachfront hotels.
Mombasa Marine Reserve was formed first, to protect the previous coralheads and their resident marine life from damage by over-fishing and trophy collecting (relics, shells, coral etc). Coral species include: branching (acropora), encrusting (turbinaria) and massive (porites).
The National Park opened recently with the support of local hoteliers to prevent further stripping of the natural treasures from the reef in order to preserve its ecological and tourist attraction.
Beaches with marine park access include Nyali, Bamburi and Shanzu.