The Red Sea is the main attraction for many divers visiting Africa, but one place that must not be overlooked is Mombasa, an island off the coast of Kenya whose city limits extend to the mainland. This region is quite tropical, with warm weather and water temperatures, and a rainy season that generally lasts just two months. Because of its establishment as a marine park and national reserve in 1986, there is an incredible array of marine life here, and a substantial drop-off within a short distance from Mombasa’s shores provides cold, nutrient-rich upwellings that sustain large pelagic species as well as life on the reef. Whale sharks, sea turtles, soft and hard corals, as well as many species of mollusks, crustaceans, and invertebrates are all part of a day in the life in Kenya’s lush underwater gardens. Check out this tantalizing footage of everything you can look forward to when diving in Mombasa.
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