Watamu Marine National Park, located along Kenya’s central coast near the town of Watamu, is a renowned marine protected area established in 1968. Covering approximately 10 square kilometers, the park is part of the larger Malindi Marine Reserve and is known for its rich marine biodiversity. The park’s coral reefs are home to over 600 species of fish, along with sea turtles, dolphins, and occasional sightings of whale sharks. The vibrant coral gardens, with their myriad colors and shapes, make it one of the best snorkeling and diving destinations in East Africa.

Visitors to Watamu Marine National Park can engage in a variety of water-based activities, including snorkeling, diving, glass-bottom boat tours, and deep-sea fishing. The park also offers opportunities for turtle watching, particularly during the nesting season, when green and hawksbill turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The surrounding mangrove forests and tidal flats provide additional habitats for marine and bird life, making the park an ecotourism hotspot. Efforts to promote conservation and sustainable tourism have helped preserve the park’s pristine environment, ensuring that its natural beauty can be enjoyed by future generations.