Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve

Watamu Marine National Park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats along Kenya’s north coast with rich and diverse birdlife, all kinds of marine life and stunning corals. If you want to feel the real taste of marine life, then this is definitely the place to visit.

This destination not only gives you an amazing view of the ocean, but also a breathtaking, amazing scenery of the white sandy beaches and the phenomenal corals.

The park is located in Watamu, about 90miles (140km) north of Mombasa and is commonly known for the Green Turtle which makes it a unique attraction site. The place also shelters over 100 species of birds which are found on cultivated gardens, Bahamas, and bushes.

Its coral gardens are merely 300metres from the shore and are home to approximately 600 species of fish and countless invertebrates.

This beautiful site has well-trained professionals and really friendly staff who can definitely make your visit worthwhile.


Your stay in Watamu will be made more peaceful by the availability of luxurious cottages for rent which offer amazing services such as air-conditioning systems, Beachfront Villa, and hospitable staff among others.

There are also a good number of great hotels close to the park which will give you an unforgettable accommodation experience to the comfort of your pockets. These include Watamu Hotel Backpack costing Kshs 2,000, Marijani Holiday Resort which costs Kshs 4,300 among others.

It’s advisable to carry with you light clothes due to the hot coastal weather, closed shoes to comfortably walk around the park, and sunglasses to enjoy spectacular views.


  • Spacious rooms
  • Good coffee
  • Good service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Swimming

Getting to Watamu Marine National Park

Watamu is 140km north of Mombasa and 28km south of Malindi. You can, therefore, reach this place by road from Mombasa, a 2hours 20minutes drive which is really secure due to the good road network available.

Visitors from other areas across the country can travel by bus which is highly affordable or opt for air transport. By air, you can arrive at Malindi airport and easily connect to the destination.

If you have not been to this place, then you are really missing out on a good expedition.

Nearby places of interest

You may wish to explore other areas near the Watamu marine park so as to experience the magnificence. These sites provide a serene environment to relax, take a walk, and enjoy the stunning views.  Some of these sites include:

  • Watamu beach
  • Malindi Marine Park
  • Kipepeo
  • Arabuko Sokoke National Park
  • Sudi Island


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