Watamu National Marine Park

Watamu National Marine Park

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Africahand
Somerset, UK218 contributions
Oct 2022
This 'park' seems to have been poorly protected against boats and fishermen for many years, with the result that the coral is all but finished and there is a dearth of fish life. At least this is the impression given on the standard dolphin and snorkelling trip that is available to the average visitor. They take you to a collection of buoys barely 300 m from the shore, where you are given ancient masks and told to jump in and enjoy. When we visited there were at least 7 other boats next to use full of other tourists, mostly from Blue Bay and other Italian package hotels. Several couldn't use their snorkels so stood on the coral while fiddling with their masks. Visibility wasn't good, the coral was mostly dead and I doubt we saw more than 10 varieties of fish. I suspect there are much better spots in the Park for private boat operators or scuba divers, but for the average punter this is a second-rate experience that does little to enhance Kenya's reputation as a premier tourist destination.
Written 4 November 2022
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Abuu Watamu kenya
Watamu, Kenya11 contributions
Aug 2021 • Business
Enjoyable place for swinging many types of fish are available you will also enjoy dolphins and sometimes if you are lucky you can see the whale
Written 23 July 2022
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KParris
6 contributions
Jul 2022
The park and creek are absolutely stunning. What a unique natural resource in Watamu, Kenya. Really enjoyed myself.
Written 12 July 2022
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PaySah
Nairobi10 contributions
Dec 2021
what better than nature - that to sea nature. We went for Dolphin viewing - and the experience wat too good. You MUST go for this. Tip - do not forget to take something to put on your swim wear as it does get windy when on the sea.
Written 3 June 2022
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JG_137
Nairobi, Kenya39 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 2 January 2022
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Jacques K
Corsica, France12 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Nice day boat trip to see the dolphins and go snorkeling in the Watamu Marine National Park .
After that thé boat brought us at an island were WE had lunch with seafood, very good food !
An extra tour in the mangroves was proposed.
Written 7 November 2021
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CA🐠
86 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
Better for diving! Too high waves for snorkeling, makes it really difficult. Quite deep so better views by diving. Better when the wind is mild
Written 27 June 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 8 May 2021
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Thomson
Amsterdam, The Netherlands587 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 8 March 2021
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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 14 February 2021
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