Watamu National Marine Park

Watamu National Marine Park

Watamu National Marine Park
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  • SHC1309
    Alva, United Kingdom50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day out
    We went with James boat trips. Did a half day for 2500 KS each. Saw dolphins, including a wee baby one, some beautiful fish and stopped off at a sandbank to spot starfish and octopuses. Great value. The beaches are stunning, usual hassle from cafe and bar owners but on the whole a great way to spend the day.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 9, 2023
  • MICHAEL L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great
    We just come back this week from Kenya where we spent 9 days in Watamu. We decided to visit the National Marine Park with Watamu Goggle Boat. Prices were very consistent vs booking via our hotel and quality has been great. Captain Mahammed took care of us in a perfect way organizing the pick-up from our hotel. Everything was perfectly arranged. You can trust him.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Katheryn C
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, healthy reef teeming with fish.
    Did some snorkeling at the Watamu National Marine Park - the reefs seemed very healthy. I saw lots of tropical reef fish - amazing colors. Huge parrot fish of all colors. Sting rays, moray eels, and huge clams. The coral was incredible - lots of brain coral and other types I don't know the names of. I arranged the snorkeling trip through the Watamu Treehouse. Highly recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
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JG_137
Nairobi, Kenya39 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
Not a place where you can snorkel from the beach, I went at low tide, walked around, swam around, came across little but acres of seaweed, sometimes stinking rotting seaweed, and one solitary clownfish. Very generic tours here are sold by some 100x ‘captains’ around town. The one I went on promised dolphins and snorkelling. Dolphins are nice though chased by about 3-4 boats, you’ll see mostly fins and backs from 100 m away. Snorkelling was majorly disappointing…the boat didn’t have enough snorkels to go around, we stayed at the site for only 20 minutes, there was nothing of note in the water (full brown coral, a couple butterflyfish and one parrotfish…that was it). Guess I should’ve booked a trip through a dive shop but from the rave reviews on the Internet I had the impression Watamu marine park was teeming with accessible wildlife.
Written January 2, 2022
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Travel228235
Kiel, Germany3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Friends
I drove from Malindi to Watamu to go snorkeling. If you have been on some great places in the world freediving and snorkling... It’s absolutely not worth it!! I think it’s never a good sign if they have to through bread into the water. You see a few fish, but it's far from being amazing.
Written February 14, 2021
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Aleksandra B
Amman, Jordan103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We are a family with two young kids and a teenager and we all love Watamu.
Some of the reasons are the beach and the rich marine life.
Even though we visit Watamu quite often, we never get bored of finding all sorts of “sea creatures” once the tide is low.
Deep sea sports fishing is another great thing you can do there and be almost sure that you will catch at least 1 big fish.
We also like it because we never get harassed there by so called Beach Boys.
We can swim, sunbathe, build wonderful sand castles and never get bored.
Written February 15, 2020
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Caroline L
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
One of my favourite places on earth - the sandy white beach is gorgeous and the park teeming with life. But on this trip I collected 25 sacks of plastic along the high tide mark. I know it is a Sisyphean task, but it has to be done (on one morning alone I saw two dead turtles on the beach) - and no one seems to be showing any inclination to keep on top of the huge problem. One would think that the many hawkers, beach boys and coconut sellers would understand by now that it is in their best interests to keep their "office" clear. But no. I actually saw one fellow just dump the debris from his picnic at the high tide mark..sigh.
Written November 20, 2020
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Valentine M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
Have been in October 2020 and May 2021. In May the weather is not so favourable as the fish and dolphins are not easily seen. Despite the choppy waters, we were able to see fish during the May visit. Kiddo got sea sick but all in all it was an amazing experience
Written May 8, 2021
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Isabella221
Kilifi, Kenya4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
snorkeling here is a sad experience. too many boats and people all getting off in the same place. Tour operators tossing bread into the water even when they are not supposed to. Coral is getting destroyed. This is unnatural and sad for the environment,. KWS should be doing a better job monitoring this situation
Written February 26, 2023
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Africahand
Somerset, UK226 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This 'park' seems to have been poorly protected against boats and fishermen for many years, with the result that the coral is all but finished and there is a dearth of fish life. At least this is the impression given on the standard dolphin and snorkelling trip that is available to the average visitor. They take you to a collection of buoys barely 300 m from the shore, where you are given ancient masks and told to jump in and enjoy. When we visited there were at least 7 other boats next to use full of other tourists, mostly from Blue Bay and other Italian package hotels. Several couldn't use their snorkels so stood on the coral while fiddling with their masks. Visibility wasn't good, the coral was mostly dead and I doubt we saw more than 10 varieties of fish. I suspect there are much better spots in the Park for private boat operators or scuba divers, but for the average punter this is a second-rate experience that does little to enhance Kenya's reputation as a premier tourist destination.
Written November 4, 2022
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SHC1309
Alva, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We went with James boat trips. Did a half day for 2500 KS each. Saw dolphins, including a wee baby one, some beautiful fish and stopped off at a sandbank to spot starfish and octopuses. Great value. The beaches are stunning, usual hassle from cafe and bar owners but on the whole a great way to spend the day.
Written March 10, 2023
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MICHAEL L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We just come back this week from Kenya where we spent 9 days in Watamu.
We decided to visit the National Marine Park with Watamu Goggle Boat. Prices were very consistent vs booking via our hotel and quality has been great.
Captain Mahammed took care of us in a perfect way organizing the pick-up from our hotel. Everything was perfectly arranged. You can trust him.
Written July 30, 2023
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Katheryn C
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Did some snorkeling at the Watamu National Marine Park - the reefs seemed very healthy. I saw lots of tropical reef fish - amazing colors. Huge parrot fish of all colors. Sting rays, moray eels, and huge clams. The coral was incredible - lots of brain coral and other types I don't know the names of. I arranged the snorkeling trip through the Watamu Treehouse. Highly recommend.
Written August 3, 2023
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