It takes about 40 minutes of driving to get to Narara Marine National Park, Jamnagar. Unfortunately, Narara is not well connected to Jamnagar city or Reliance Greens, so you have to arrange a car for yourself.
Narara is actually a natural reef, which is the habitat for various acquatic life forms. Narara has got the status of INDIA's first ever Marine National Park. It is an absolute treat for you, if you are a nature lover and if you have come to Jamnagar, you shouldn't miss it at all, or else you will regret it later.
The best time to visit Narara is in the early morning, around 06:00 am, when the first low tide of the day sets in. The visitors are not allowed during the high tide hours, so you should collect the necessary information about the timings for the low tides. In the early morning, the temperature range is cooler in comparison to the rest of the day, so a lot of acquatic creatures come out in the open in search for their prey and hence, you can be able to spot almost all acquatic life forms over there, in the early morning.
While entering, you will be able to see a few water bodies and with swans paddling around in them and indeed, it's a beautiful sight. Before entering into the reef you will be charged seperately for entry fees and photography charges. Guides are available here too and although it is not mandatory for you to hire a guide, but I will personally suggest you to hire a guide and only then, you can enjoy the true essence of Narara. So, you need to carry a substantial amount of money with you.
The first thing that you will see, is the vast expanse of mangroves over here. The mangroves have a typical characteristic that their roots are seen above the ground and it is due to this, that it provides large amounts of dissolved oxygen to the waters. They also keep the waters cool and thus, create a suitable habitat for the acquatic animals over here. You can see the Friddler crabs and crabs of other species moving around, but if you go any closer, they will move into the ground.
You can see beautiful patterns in the sand, created by the snails moving around. You will find the waters to be very clean and crystal clear, all thanks to the Live Sea Sponges. You should make sure that you donot walk bare foot, at any point of time, because you may risk putting your bare feet on sharp rocks or any other animals, so it's best that you wear shoes, which minimises your chances of slipping. You should be mentally prepared for walking through knee-deep waters for about 3 kms or so. Do use your electronic gadgets cautiously, because you might risk them falling into the salty waters, so it's best that you take waterproof coverings for your cell phones, before coming here.
You can see both live and dead corals over here, the sea weeds, Sea Animon ( an acquatic flower), Friddler crabs, prawns, wolf crabs, white crabs and a few other species of crabs, live and dead sea sponges, sea cucumber, Sea Weed,Oyesters, Octopus, shrimps,species of Starfish, Puffer Fish and many other life forms. We had also seen the membranes of a dead Jellyfish. The Puffer Fish is so named because it puffs up like a baloon by intaking water to scare off it's enemies. It can also throw out the water in the enemy's face like a powerful jet of water. The "Puffer Fish" is also known as "Dhongi Machli" in Gujarati language, because it pretends to die when caught by an enemy to invoke the enemy's sympathy.
We were also lucky enough to witness the "camouflage" of an Octopus.
Narara is my personal favourite and you should visit it.