Watamu Marine National Park is located along the central part of the coast of Kenya. It is just 90 miles (140 km) north of Mombasa.
The Watamu Marine National Park represents an underwater haven of corals, fish, and other aquatic marine life.
The coral reef is comprised of 110 different species of stony coral and numerous crustaceans and mollusks. The diverse marine life earned the park a biosphere reserve status as well as the UN World Biosphere Reserve recognition.
The makeup of the coral reef includes 150 species of hard and soft corals that are home to over 500 species of fish. The surrounding marine area increases the species of fish to around 1,000.
Barracuda, Green turtles, Hawksbill turtles, Leatherback turtles, manta rays, octopus, Olive Ridley Turtles, and whale sharks are some of the more intriguing species that people like to encounter.
Things to Do and See
Snorkeling and Diving – The park is renowned for its spectacular sightings of sea life. Look for scores of colorful fish plus manta rays, octopus, whale shark and barracuda.
Sudi Island – Enjoy a canoe exploration through the mangroves populating the shores of this distinctive locale.
Gede Ruins – For over 400 years, a thriving coastal city, it was mysteriously abandoned in the 17th century. Explore the homes, mosques and other artifacts here that were left to history.
Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve – A coastal, tropical forest just minutes from Watamu’s beaches. You’ll find mongoose, owls, and elephants under this surprising but flowering forest canopy.