Watamu National Marine Park
Established in 1968, the 10 sq. km. Watamu National Marine Park was Kenya's first marine park; it is now part of a UN recognized World Biosphere Reserve.
Watamu's National Park and Reserve system encompasses Mida Creek, Whale Island, an important tern breeding area, and numerous dive sites inside and outside the Park.
The Park's coral reefs form the physical and biological heart of the area; over 150 species of hard and soft corals, such as brain corals, fan corals and sponges, provide the nutrients for the abundant fish.
The Park contains over 500 species of reef fish; the Reserve has over 1000 species. Due to this biodiversity, the Park is probably one of the best small parks in the world for its sheer variety.
The Reserve is regarded by experts as one of the world's top diving areas, with whale sharks, manta rays, octopus and barracuda as some of the larger species encountered.
Watamu is also a vital turtle breeding area, with an active turtle watch group. Although Green and Hawksbill turtles are the primary species, Olive Ridleys, Loggerheads and Leatherback turtles have been occasionally seen.
Guided boat tours are readily available in the Park. For those unable to experience the magnificent grandeur of a guided boat tour, the "Watamu Snorkeling Guidebook" is available for a reasonable price.