Mtunbawe reef

The Mtunbawe reef at the Chale Marine Park is an underwater oasis abundant with fish life and offering divers the chance to see rarely spotted marine life.

The weedy scorpion fish, or to give it its proper name, the rhinopias frondosa, is one of these rare finds. It is a distinctive looking fish belonging to the scorpaenidae family. It is covered in weed-like appendages with an upturned mouth, tentacles on the nose and skin flaps covering its body. Weedy scorpion fish are an uncommon, colourful sight, usually found on the reef or rubble surrounding corals. They often appear entirely still.

Weedy scorpion fish are poor swimmers and tend to hop or crawl on their pelvic fins instead of swimming, before wedging themselves into strategic positions and laying in wait for their prey. They feed on concentrations of small fish.

Another gem of the waters at Chale is the paddle flap scorpion fish, or the rhinopias eschmeyeri. Unlike its weedy scorpion cousin, the paddle flap scorpion fish can walk. Although they are also able to swim, they tend to ‘walk’ around using their pectoral fins, which give the appearance of walking. Paddle flap scorpion fish are equally colourful creatures that blend in with their environment with a preference for laying motionless, ready to ambush their unsuspecting prey.

It is unusual for the weedy scorpion fish and the paddle flap scorpion fish to inhabit the same area for months at a time, adding to the uniqueness of a dive at Chale.

Luxury massage

Indulge in a luxurious, revitalising massage therapy at our eco-friendly spa retreat as Colobus monkeys abound in the trees. Set within an ancient mangrove forest, the Maisha Poa Spa and Wellness Center harnesses the calming energies of the trees and the cool sea breeze twirling softly through the air to provide the perfect ambience in which to relax.

Our signature spa treatments are designed to pamper, balance and re-energise. Treat yourself to an uplifting Chai massage therapy, based on the healing properties of Kenyan green tea, hibiscus and liquorice to re-fresh and soften the skin whilst awakening the senses. Or how about a soothing aromatherapy massage? This holistic treatment is based on the psychological and physical benefits of essential oils.

Our experienced and skillfully trained therapists perform all our treatments using only the best natural products. D’VINE, a luxury skin and body care range in Kenya, uses the healing essence of natural oils, butters and botanicals. Cinnabar Green, a natural cosmetics company based in Laikipia, Kenya, offers a range of essential oils taken from organic aromatic plants grown in herb gardens on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya. Coconut oil is also one of our requisite oils for massaging the skin. Its natural properties heal and nourish the skin with Vitamin E leaving it softer, whilst relaxing muscles and performing the seemingly elusive task of delaying aging.

At Maisha Poa our aim is to treat and indulge and to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

Tropical yoga classes

Let serenity be your guide with a yoga session on the edge of a tropical mangrove forest. Loosely translated from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’, meaning ‘to unite’ or ‘integrate’, yoga has been around for thousands of years.

Yoga is intended to provide nourishment and empowerment by aligning the mind and body through the art of breathing techniques and bodily postures to induce calm and simple meditation. De-clutter your mind and revel in the moment.

Whether you’re a seasoned yoga expert, an occasional yogi or a newbie, the health and healing benefits of this ancient art abound during our weekly, outdoor yoga classes set on a galana stone platform perched on the edge of a mangrove forest. Our visiting yoga instructor will help you unwind to the mystical elements of the forest as you embrace the natural energies of the tidal lake and coral caves, feel the calm sea air tiptoeing through the trees and hear exotic Colobus monkeys calling close by.

Our yoga classes are designed to leave you feeling relaxed and ready to enjoy the delights of your stay on our exquisite island retreat.