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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