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The dolpins of Kizimkazi - Menai Bay Conservation Area

Menai Bay was gazetted in 1998 and is a conservation area with a sea-turtle breeding area, several coral reefs, an abundance of marine life and dense mangrove forests. It is also famous for its humpback and bottle-nose dolphins. The conservation area includes Fumba peninsula and several small islands. 

 Parks & places

Safaris featuring this park

Menai Bay is a community based conservation project and Kizimkazi fishing village falls within the conservation area. The main reason to visit the village is because this is the starting point where traditional boats make regular trips for snorkeling on the reefs, picnics on the islands and the star attraction of swimming with dolphins and whales.

You can meet both bottle-nose dolphins and humpback dolphins, but bottle-nose dolphins are most commonly sighted. These are well known for their playful and carefree nature while the humpback dolphins are more shy. The best time to go out is early morning when the water is calmer and the sun not as hot.

If you do want to watch the dolphins please adhere to WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) guidelines:

“Remember, seeing dolphins in their natural environs, as with other animals, requires time and patience. Shouting and excessive movement will not encourage them to approach your boat. Be satisfied with passive observation, do not force the boat operator to chase the dolphins, cross their path or approach too close, especially when they are resting. If you decide to swim with them, slip quietly into the water and avoid splashing. Sightings can’t be guaranteed, and swimming with the dolphins is a rare occurrence. It is important to remember that the dolphins are wild and their whereabouts cannot be predicted. It is they who choose to interact with people, not the other way around….”



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