Watamu Marine National Park

The Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve Kenya is located on the coast of Kenya, Kilifi County. It is in the Watamu area and is under the protection of Kenya Wildlife Service.

The park habitat consists of marine and tidal habitats and has amazing Green turtles, coral reefs gardens, and white sandy beaches.

Coral reefs are the support of this habitat. There are over 150 species of hard and coral reefs and provide abundant food for fish.

Marine National Park

Watamu Town/Village

The Watamu Town/village is located about 105 km North of Mombasa. It is close to Malindi town approximately 15 km away.

This village lies in Kilifi County and is famous because it is the home to Watamu Marine National Park and close to the Malindi Marine National Park.

Due to that fact, tourism and fishing are the main economic activities in the Watamu town/village.

NB: Be warned here. This town is full of celebration all year round. It is in this way that people make their livelihoods here. Nightlife is vibrant and is associated with all the good and evil that comes with it. People come to this town and they never go back home. They get lost in their celebrations. You will find many Americans and Europeans especially Italians who adopted to stay here and don’t want to go back home. Watamu is so beautiful.

Watamu Marine National Park Attractions

Watamu Marine National Park
Green Sea Turtle

Why is the park popular? Here is why.

  • It a haven of Green Turtle
  • Unique coral reef gardens
  • Mida Creek, a tidal inlet that spreads across an area of 32 km2
  • White sandy beaches
  • The park has a wide variety of birds which can be in the bush or reared in the gardens/Shambas.
  • A wide variety of fish, and dugongs.
  • Kipepeo Project
  • Gede ruins – the lost town of Gedi – are also found here.

Watamu Marine National Park Animals/Wildlife

whale sharks
Whale Shark
  • It has a variety of birds-over 100 species of birds on recorded which include Black Kite, Common Bulbul, White-Browed Coucal, Speckled Mousebird, Bright-Yellow Canaries, Golden Palm Weavers, Lizard Buzzard, Lilac Breasted Roller, and many others. These birds are either in the cultivated gardens or in the bush.
  • Over 600 species of fish which include whale sharks, manta rays, octopus, barracuda among others
  • Different species of turtles and a Turtle Watch Program and include Green, Hawksbill, and Olive Ridley turtles. Leatherback turtles pass in Watamu Marine National Park and Malindi Marine National Park during migration.
  • Invertebrates
  • Crustaceans
  • Molluscs
  • Dugongs

Watamu Weather and Climate

Watamu average annual temperature is about 28°C.

It is humid and the annual average rainfall is about 500 mm.

When to Visit

Given this type of climate, you can visit the Watamu Marine National Park all year round.

Things to do here

You can indulge in a number of activities here which include

  • Water Skiing
  • Wind Surfing
  • Surfing
  • Diving
  • Glass Bottom boat rides
  • Snorkeling
  • Sunbathing.

How to get there

By Road– Watamu is about 130 km North of Mombasa. It is about 28 km from Malindi.

Use the Mombasa Malindi Road and get to Gede which is on the main road. Watamu is 11 km from Gede as you turn towards the Indian Ocean.

By Air-You use the Malindi Airport

Watamu Marine National Park Entrance Fees

The Watamu Marine National Park charges are friendly. Check this out.

Citizens (KES): Adult 130, Child 125
Residents (KES): Adult 300, Child 170
Non-residents (USD): Adult 17, Child 13

You can use M-Pesa, VISA Card, or direct bank deposit to Kenya Wildlife Services to pay.

Park contacts

You can contact KWS through Mobile No: +254 729 548 373

Watamu Marine National Park Accommodation

To facilitate your stay several world-class hotels exist here. They have the best cuisine ever to keep your memories alive at all times. They include:

  • Jacaranda Beach Resort
  • Hemingways Watamu
  • Lily Palm Resort
  • The Charming Lonno Lodge
  • Queen K Cottages
  • Ocean Breeze Villa
  • Villa Paino B
  • Medina Palms
  • Turtle Bay

Happy marine life!

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