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A Guide to Watamu:

Watamu Marine National Park

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A triggerfish in the Coral Gardens.Watamu Marine National Park is possibly the finest Marine National Park in Kenya. The coral gardens are merely 300 metres from the shore and are home to a vast number of fish (over 600 species) and other weird and wonderful sea-creatures.

A Brief Guide:

Circular Batfish - Platax orbicularisThere are approximately 600 species of fish in the Marine Park, 110 species of stony coral and countless invertebrates, crustacea and molluscs.

Water temperatures vary from 20-30 degrees celcius depending on the season, the coldest being June-October and the warmest being from December to May. It is easy to spend 4 or 5 hours marvelling at the wonders of the sea!!

Watamu has a number of resident expert guides who will be able to name many of the fish and corals encountered during your snorkelling.

Fluted Giant Clam - Tridacna squamosaAs well as the main Coral Gardens there are countless other interesting places to snorkle in the park, especially for the confident and intrepid snorkeller!

The Larder, where shoals of pickhandle barracuda (Sphyraena jello) are sometimes encountered.

Turtle Reef, although a bit deep, may show a turtle or two, as will The Pothole which sits on the inner edge of the main, seaward reef.

Scuba diving can be arranged with Aqua Ventures, based at Ocean Sports Hotel.




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