Unbelievable! Kilifi ocean glows(photos)

Have you heard of bioluminescence? If you are on of those guys who love adventure then kilifi is bound to give you one of the best experiences of your life. bioluminescence is the emission of light by a living organism. It occurs widely in marine vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as in fungi and some terrestrial invertebrates such as fireflies.

blue lights from the ocean


bioluminescent planktons

At Distant Relative Eco-lodge and Backpackers, an eco-friendly lodge located about one kilometre from Kilifi town. Its a magical experience when you splash the ocean water at night with your feet as the ocean gets lit up, and as the planktons race, they emit blue lights.

bamboo bathroom

In addition to the beautiful site you will be thrilled to find out that water from the washrooms is channeled to pits with banana plants. Organic waste from the kitchen is used as compost manure in a nursery that has coriander, tomatoes, wild basil among other plants.

Even the toilets are eco-friendly; they are made from mud and papyrus reeds.

They used tyres filled with soil to build the foundation of the toilets and recycled vegetables buckets and bleach containers to make the urine separator and conduit. When you answer to the call of nature, you cannot flush it down, you use sawdust instead!

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Once the poo bins are full, they are placed in the sun to decay for about six months.

“When the temperatures in the bin reaches about 40 to 50 degrees within that period, all the germs are killed and what is left is what they call “humanure” or human manure. The humanure is valuable, we use it as fertiliser for trees,” an employee reveals.

Besides holidaying like you are in the jungle, you can do Giriama village tours, go snorkelling, scuba diving or dhow sailing.

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