Africa, Kenya

Avicennia Island, Funzi Keys

Avicennia Island, Kenya, is situated in Funzi Keys, here you will enjoy many activities especially Kayaking. Avicennia Island gets its name from Avicennia marina, one of the mangrove trees common to the Funzi-Shirazi Bay. Mangroves comprise a group of trees with specialised mechanisms for survival in seawater and brackish water. Mangroves are various kinds of trees up to medium height and shrubs that grow in saline coastal sediment habitats in the tropics.

Mangrove forests serve as nursery grounds for important fisheries such as prawns, some species of coral reef and offshore pelagic fish, and they also provide critical habitats for numerous species of birds, crustaceans, insects, monkeys and reptiles.

Other ecosystem services provided by mangroves include filtering and trapping pollutants, and stabilizing coastal land by trapping sediments and protection from tropical storms. However, mangroves are threatened by global climate change and ever increasing human pressures.

Kayaking at Avicennia Island will allow you to enjoy the natural beauty and abundance of life within the extensive mangrove forests of Funzi Bay, while learning more about the ecology and importance of mangroves, and experiencing the culture of the inhabitants of Funzi Island.

The trip to Avicennia Island will be unique, breathtaking, and filled with adventure. You will also have the opportunity of enjoying snorkeling.

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