Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve

Watamu Marine, Kenya




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The Marine Park and Reserve is well-known throughout the world for its natural beauty and is home to a variety of marine life, including three kinds of sea turtles in addition to visiting whale sharks and manta rays.

The Watamu National Marine Park and Reserves, the oldest in East Africa and covering more than 229 km2, are lined by immaculate white-sand beaches and lagoons protected by coral reefs. Only the Great Barrier Reef itself has a bigger species list, and even then, only on a far larger scale, making it one of the best-kept secrets in the entire world!

Additionally, Watamu’s marine protected area is acknowledged internationally as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This indicates that the region has been recognized as a site of exceptional natural beauty.


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The Marine Park & Reserve is well-known across the world for its unmatched natural beauty and abundant marine life. Divers outside the fringe reef stand a great chance of seeing the beautiful whale shark and Manta Rays, which are seasonal visitors. Snorkelers almost never leave the main reef without seeing at least a few dozen species. The ideal time to see these animals is around November. Three different species of sea turtles live in the park and lay their eggs on the beaches of Marine Park.
The Park and its coral gardens are one of the main justifications for visiting Watamu. Some of the more commonly seen fish include of course the parrotfish, whose digestion of the coral reefs over the millennia, have produced the white sand beach itself. Angelfish, groupers, filefish, lionfish and snappers are just a handful of the easily seen species within this superb, brightly colored underwater world.
One of the best routes for a snorkel exploration is a gentle swim to the Larder in Turtle Bay. Head out between the two rocky islands directly south of the KWS Blue Bay HQ. As you swim over the eroded coral ledges there are numerous damselfish, young butterflies and angelfish, morays, groupers, and octopuses.
Through the seagrass pass, you'll find blue spotted rays, mullets, and snappers. Once you reach the edge of the grass area, around 100metres out, turn right and follow the grass edge along its contour line. After about 100m you'll find the Larder to your left; a series of 6 or so large coral heads home to hundreds of sweetlips, snappers, and drummer fish. You'll also find lionfish and crocodile fish if you look closely. Another bonus here is the large barracuda which hangs around near the seabed in large groups. They are nocturnal feeders and sleep during the day so they are easy to approach.


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