Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve

“Welcome to the Seaside”

Green turtles, unique coral gardens, the Gede Ruins – the Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve has it all. The park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats along the Kenya’s north coast with rich and diverse bird life, fish, turtles and dugongs. Visitors can enjoy the white sandy beaches, snorkeling, water skiing, windsurfing and glass bottomed boat tours.

Key features

Abundant Bird Life

  • Over 100 species of bird are found in the cultivated gardens, shambas and bush. Commonly seen overhead is the Black Kite, whilst the Common Bulbul, White-Browed Coucal and Speckled Mousebird can be seen scuffling in the undergrowth. Bright Yellow Canaries and Golden Palm Weavers flash in the bush, whilst the Lizard Buzzard and the Lilac Breasted Roller are often seen perched on poles and wires.

Protected Area Type

Park Size

10 sq. Km

Climate

The Coast is humid with mean annual temperatures ranging from 22-34 C.Rainfall is about 500mm pa.

What to take with you

  • Footwear, e.g. sandals or flip flops (to protect your feet from the reef)
  • T-shirts (to protect your body from sunburn)
  • Snorkel, mask, fins, all of which are available for hire
  • Camera, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant
  • Guide books
  • Plenty of drinking water
  • A friend(s)
  • Diving
  • Glass Bottom Boat Rides
  • Snorkeling
  • Sun Bathing
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind Surfing

How to get there

  • By Road: Watamu is 120 kms north of Mombasa and 28km south of Malindi. At Gede, which is on the main Mombasa Malindi Road, you turn towards the Indian Ocean. 11kms from the main road is Watamu itself.
  • By Air : Malindi airport is your arrival point

Attractions

  • Haven of green turtle
  • Unique coral garden
  • Mida creek
  • Kipepeo project
  • Gede ruins

Park Entry Fee

Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve

Citizen

Resident

Non-Resident

Adults

KSH

Child

KSH

Adult

KSH

Child

KSH

Adult

USD

Child

USD

130

125

300

170

17

13

* Kindly refer to the document KWS Tarrifs 2016 below for other services and charges 

Park Resources

Phone: +254 729 548 373

Postal Address:

The Warden,

Watamu Marine National Reserve,

P.O.Box 333, 80202

Watamu, Kenya.

Park Gallery