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Visit Watamu Marine Park, Kenya

The Watamu Marine National Park and reserve were established in 1968 as one of Kenya’s first marine parks. It is about 140km north of Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city. The park is governed and managed by Kenya wildlife service. It is a UN recognised World Biosphere Reserve and is home to over 600 species of fish and an innumerable amount of molluscs, crustaceans, and invertebrates.

The surrounding wildlife is captivating, and the waters are devilishly inviting. From green turtles to whale sharks and Manta rays, it is a diver’s paradise and a destination for underwater pleasure.

Main Attractions

The marine park features amazing attractions that you shouldn’t miss during your visit. Here are some of them:

  • Gede Ruins
  • The Kipepeo project
  • Unique Coral reef garden
  • Midal creek



Gede Ruins

Enclosed within 45 acres of forest, the ruins are the remains and relics of a 12th-century Swahili settlement. Trapped within this archaeological treasure site is the mystery of a budding civilization along the coasts of Kenya. The archaeological value of this site is astronomical, and the architectural remains are telling from tombs with to decorative recessed panels to spacious palaces. This is a shrine of the rich cultural heritage left by the early Swahili residents in Kenya.

The Kipepeo project

Kipepeo is the Swahili name for a butterfly. As the name describes, the Kipepeo project is a small community-based project carried out by the little coastal communities of the Arabuko Sokoke forest area in Kenya, to preserve endangered butterfly species in the surrounding forests and earn a living doing so. The project is aimed at helping indigenes of the local communities find common ground between livelihood and wildlife conservation.

Unique Coral reef garden

This spectacular coral reef garden is just stunning. It is one of the best sites for snorkelling and appreciating Kenya’s vibrant coral reefs and barriers. The water is crystal clear and comes to life when the sun falls on the surface. The sun-struck water reflects various shades of colours in a beautiful array of colour blends and breath-taking display. The fishes come in all shapes, sizes, and colours. It is no wonder that it is the preferred destination for most water-lovers and sun-worshipping tourists.

Midal creek

The Midal creek is a 32km2 tidal inlet that is an incredible transition from the coral reefs near the ocean to the wetlands harbouring migrating birds.It is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and one of the most beautiful attractions on the Kenya coast.It is home to many species of fish, turtles, and birds. It is an incredible Kayaking destination and probably best explored by boat. Lookout for the sunset, when the water turns golden, a beautiful end to the day’s adventures.

How to get there


Watamu is a 90-minute drive from Mombasa and 30 minutes from Malindi. From Mombasa, taxi fares cost around 70 to 90 dollars and around 25 to 30 dollars from Malindi. The routes are scenic and picturesque.


There are no direct flights to Watamu but there are daily scheduled flights from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Malindi Airport from where there are taxis (public and hired) taking passengers to Watamu.

It is easy and flight time to drive time is just 90 minutes. Jambo Jet and Air Kenya fly the route.

Best time to visit

Watamu is a beautiful holiday destination no matter when you visit. However, the long dry season from July to October is probably the most favourable with cool conditions, low humidity and clear skies. April to June experience the heaviest rainfall and November to December also has short rains.

  • High Season: Between July and October
  • Low Season: November and December
  • Best Weather: During the long dry season – from July to October
  • Worst Weather: From April to June


Unique Experiences:

The opportunity to explore the coral gardens off the coast of Kenya is a genuine experience. The colours in display and the warmth from the brilliant sunshine are fascinating.

Throughout the year:

This spectacular marine ecosystem is a place to visit throughout the year. Explore the underwater realm by indulging in a wide range of activities such as snorkelling and diving.

Season Dependant:

  • October to April: Best time for diving.
  • April to July: Popular for Turtle nesting and hatching


  1. Established in 1968, it was one of Kenya’s first marine parks
  2. Home to approximately 600 species of fish, 110 species of stony coral and countless invertebrates, crustaceans and molluscs – a species list only surpassed by that of the Great Barrier Reef!
  3. Watamu Marine Park is one of the largest parks, in the world, working towards the conservation of sea turtles.
  4. Watamu Marine Park is quite close to Tsavo National Park and many travellers favour paring these two on their trip, for the perfect Kenyan bush and beach safari experience.

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