Marine National Park, Jamnagar is India’s first Marine Protected Area declared by the Govt. of Gujarat in 1980.
It is located along the southern coast of Gulf of Kachchh in Jamnagar and Rajkot districts of Gujarat State. It is a place to observe colorful life thriving in marine kingdom. It is the nature’s own laboratory to study the complexities and integrity of living and nonliving environments. Here exists coral reefs, seagrass meadows, sand dines and mangrove forests, contributing to the dynamics of the area holistically. The National Park comprises of about 42 islands of which 33 islands harbour the coral reefs, known as the “Rainforests of the Seas”. The seagrass meadows provide shelter and feeding grounds for sea turtles, dungongs and many herbivorous fishes. Mangroves forests found here are some of the best mangroves of Gujarat and also enjoy a place of pride among the mangroves of India. These coral reefs and mangrove forests play very crucial role in sustainability of marine life and protection of the cost. They provide a host of goods and services to coastal population and also protect the coastal land from erosion and salinity ingress ensuring food and nutritional security in coastal region.
Popular Island of Marine National Park, Jamnagar
- Pirotan Island
- Narara Island
- Positra Island
This is one of the rare places in the world where one can look at corals without having to dive down into the water. One just has to walk in the water, when the tide ebbs, in about 1 to 2 feet of water and watch this facinating underwater world of corals.