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Watamu Marine National Reserve, Watamu
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Watamu 80202
Coast Province, Kenya
+254 20 600800
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Boating & Sailing
Boat Tours
Scuba Diving
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Watamu Marine National Reserve, established in 1968 and declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1979, is one of the best places in Kenya for diving and snorkeling. The marine park includes a variety of habitats - fringing reefs, coral gardens, coral cliffs, sandy beaches, tidal mud flats and mangrove swamps. It is home to a myriad of marine life including stony corals, crustaceans, invertebrates, and more than 600 species of fish. The coral gardens, the main attraction at Watamu Marine Park, are an easy swim from the beach. Spy on parrotfish, filefish, guitarfish and grouper. Spot manta rays, mako sharks, green turtles and pickhandle barracudas. See nearly 150 types of hard and soft coral. Take a glass bottom boat tour. Snorkel in an underwater circus. Explore one or more of the reserve's twenty dive sites.
Getting There
The marine park extends for roughly 5 miles and runs parallel to the coast from Blue Bay, the main tourist complex, to Mida Creek. The park headquarters is located in Blue Bay. Glass bottom boats as well as snorkel and dive companies are found nearby.
Admission & Fees
An entrance fee is charged. Excursions - snorkeling, diving and glass bottom boat tours - and water sports - kite sailing, canoeing and sailing - are charged seperately.
Things to Keep in Mind
The top season for snorkeling and diving is December to April. November is the best month to spot whales. Snorkeling is best at low tide. A low spring tide is better yet. Some glass bottom boat tours include snorkeling.
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