20/06/2011 - Posted by Bob Brunskell
Kenya could become a diving hotspot among keen water sport enthusiasts as tourism in the country is witnessing a welcome boost.According to Angie Sloan, director of the Kenya Tourist Board UK, scuba diving and snorkelling is a popular pastime south of Mombasa, with sites located along the coast between Tiwi and Shimoni."The Kisite-Mpunguti marine reserve covers 39 square kilometres of ocean and is established around [the] beautiful Wasini Island, an ideal day trip for divers and snorkelers," she said."The reserve has some of the best dive sites on the coast including the Nyali Reef, a coral reef dive with tidal currents."And yet more people could be taking advantage of Kenya's coastal offerings. Figures from the Kenya Tourist Board show that the first quarter of the year saw record-breaking visitor arrivals. January had the highest increase of almost 40 per cent compared to the same month in 2010.It has led the tourist board to predict large numbers of visitors to Kenya over the rest of 2011.