Watamu National Marine Park

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Watamu National Marine Park

Watamu National Marine Park
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Marishaan
Zengcheng, China88 contributions
Oct 2020
The park is easy to find, but quite expensive to get in. We paid 8500 for a boat for a few hours (we were 9 people). The boat took us to a beach area to swim and then to do some snorkeling. They only had extra large life jackets and two smaller ones for kids (we did say that we had 5 kids between us, but they did not have life jackets for the snorkeling part that fit them). Also, there is no water on the boat, so make sure to take your own drinks, no plastic allowed. The boat had a deck at the top that we could sit on an jump into the sea from, which was great fun. The snorkeling is good, but average. The reefs are mostly brown, but there is a wide range of fish to see, so it is nice. Staff friendly and welcoming.
Written October 23, 2020
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Thomson
Amsterdam, The Netherlands580 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
Make sure you go while water is clear. Not every time (low-high tide), season is gooed for snorkeling. Fish are used to humans so you swim in fact together with different kinds of fish. You can bargain on price at the boats, better book directly with them than via travel agency. We hade a fun trip. If its the right season fir dolphins, make sure you go early in the morning, not after 9.30 because you’ll miss them for sure.
Written March 8, 2021
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Alexander J
Kenya39 contributions
Dec 2019
The Watamu National Marine Park is the pendant to Masai Mara, under water. Anybody who wants to snorkel or scuba dive here, needs to pay a park entrance fee at the KWS Office, at the beach, close to Turtle Bay Hotel. The park features coral reefs and its inhabitants, cristal clear water and at times you can see dolphins even whales.Like all such ecosystems it is also under threat, from over-fishing, plastic and other pollution and tourism and its impact. Therefore visitors should behave environmentally responsible and for instance report any boat owner who damaged corals or uses an anchor at the corals. This unique ecosystem and it beauty, which is the main tourist attraction in Watamu, will only survive if handled with care.
Written January 7, 2020
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JG_137
Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Mexico33 contributions
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
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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Valentine M
7 contributions
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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Caroline L
19 contributions
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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Aleksandra B
Amman, Jordan63 contributions
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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Gueredagirl
Watamu, Kenya244 contributions
Feb 2013 • Solo
Disclaimer: I live 500 metres from this beach! Snorkeling in Watamu is very seasonal but very good in season at around low tide. Don't let boat operators tell you otherwise. I've seen them taking tourists out at high tide when the waves are choppy and visibility almost zero. Take your time and shop around the different operators on the beach or at your hotel or in town and go snorkeling only around low tide. There are some coral bommis and fish close to Hemingway's Hotel, but for keen snorkelers it is also possible to swim out to the Coral Gardens where all the boats go. To swim out you'll need to be a confident swimmer wearing fins and having paid your Marine Park ticket in advance. I spend hours delighting in the marine life in the Watamu lagoon, from the flashy butterfly fish and the extravagant lionfish to the hidden scorpionfish to the vast range of corals. The variety is astounding. There are also occasionally turtles and some larger fish like the unicorn fish, moray eel and giant trevally. The water temp is great all year round, though right now its a little too warm! Please, no kicking the coral or standing on it as that can cause great damage to both you and the coral.
Written March 14, 2013
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ElsVermeersch
Brussels, Belgium58 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
I have traveled to Watamu many times and as a diver and ocean lover I am always shocked to see the way the KWS is lacking any interest in the reef other than taking the huge sums of entrance fees. We saw local freedivers spearfishing, reported it to KWS but nobody showed up to check it out. We see the boatboys taking tourists and don't inform them that you are killing the coral by standing on top of it. I have seen tourists using braincorals as a chair (just lacking the longdrink). I'm afraid that if KWS doesn't invest in patrolling and creating more awareness with the tourists and boatboys, they reef will be completely ruined in a couple of years.
Written April 27, 2017
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