Popular Attractions in Malindi, Watamu National Marine Park
Watamu National park is a popular Destination to snorkelers, nature lovers and scuba divers alike, the Response of Kenya to the Great Barrier Reef.
Watamu national park is situated 120 km away from Mombasa about 28 kilometers south of Malindi. The park was declared a UNESCO Biosphere reserve and it covers an area of 10 sq.km. Watamu hosts masses of sun-worshipping tourists who come every year to relax on the soft sandy beaches and experience the serenity of the environment. Watamu beach is considered to be among the best beaches in the world.
Watamu marine park and reserve has a number of over 150 soft and hard corals sponges and fans and more than 500 species of tropical fish. Watamu is worth visiting after your East African Bush Safari. Watamu National park also inhabits Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Turtles, Lionfish, Angelfish and many other impressive marine animals.
Watamu, A famous destination for scuba divers and snorkelers, the little time you spend in the blue waters unlocks the magical world centered and a magnificent coral reef. The reef is near to the shores and this makes its accessibility easy for junior divers and snorkelers. Senior divers can take a visit to the outer coral reefs to explore the large brain corals that attract abundance of aquatic life.
It is very possible to undertake a 3 days safari to Watamu park and the nearby Tsavo National park which is Kenya`s oldest national park where you can explore a variety of wildlife as well as Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is also in close proximity and the Mida Creek Reserve, these offer a variety of birdlife to experience such as Africa pygmy Kingfishers, Osprey and many other species. The Greater and Lesser Mida Creek Sand-plovers, Crab-plovers and other water birds of over 65species are recorded in Mida Creek area.
The history of Mida Creek is itself fascinating, do not miss a chance to explore the olden Swahili ruins at Gede.
There are romantic where you can enjoy a picnic lunch from, make it a little adventurous to one of these islands by taking a taking a canoe trip or choose to do a dhow excursion in the national park. Among other popular activities from the North coast of Kenya include the bill & game fishing with Sailfish, Broadbill Swordfish, Striped and Black Marlin can all be found in the waters here. Fishing in May, June and July is limited because these are months of strong monsoon winds, rain and rough seas.