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Located an hour and a half north of Mombasa, Watamu National Marine Park was the first of its kind in Africa, created in 1968, and is one of the finest in Kenya with excellent scuba diving and snorkelling.

Fishing is not allowed in the park and it is a safe haven and breeding ground for numerous species. Over 1000 species of fish have been identified and you can expect to encounter devil rays, mantas and whale shark (in season), dolphins and turtles.

Dive the Mida Wreck, an 18 metre wreck of a Prawn Trawler, explore an immense rose coral garden or discover Barracuda Reef, a new site where you will find both a diversity and abundance of fish.

Over 100 species of hard coral are present, including mushroom coral, but relatively few soft corals due to a combination of wave action and turbulence in the shallow water. Surgeonfish, parrotfish, angelfish, snappers and many others offer a fabulous display of variety and colour.

Diving conditions are at their optimum during the winter months (Oct-Apr) when the sea is calm, the temperature around 28C and visibility on average, 20 metres.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, green turtle, giant grouper, common dolphin

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Northern Kenya Explorer

Stay at an all-inclusive resort on a world-class beach, adjacent to Watamu, one of Africa's most pristine marine reserves. With several prime dive sites close by, you can expect to see manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins and turtles.

  • When to go: Oct-May
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Turtle Bay

Located on a 200 metre stretch of beach on the edge of the Watamu National Marine Park, this all inclusive resort has everything you need for a great holiday, including an on-site PADI affiliated dive centre.