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Watamu is perfect for an Indian Ocean tropical beach holiday. The Watamu Marine Park and Reserve is renowned world wide for its natural beauty and boasts a rich marine life from the visiting Whale Sharks and Manta Rays to three species of Sea Turtle. The Park and its coral gardens are one of the main attractions in Watamu. There is an exceptional shoreline with Watamu voted one of the top ten beaches in the world; steeped in natural fauna and flora and with three stunning bays, Watamu, Blue Lagoon and Turtle Bay.

Watamu National Park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats along the Kenya’s north coast. It is enclosed by the Malindi Marine National Reserve which also encloses Malindi Marine National Park. Habitats include intertidal rock, sand and mud, fringing reefs and coral gardens, coral cliffs, sandy beaches and the Mida Creek mangrove forest.

Marine life attractions include fish, turtles, dugongs and crabs. The Mida Creek forest has a high diversity of mangrove species including Ceriops tagal, Rhizophora mucronata, Bruguiera gymnorrhiza, Avicennia marina and Sonneratia alba. These provide refuge to a variety of both resident and migrant bird species.

If you prefer relaxing by the beach then Watamu is the holiday destination for you. However take a look at the more energetic activities that all the family can take part in. Whether it’s water sports or snorkeling even the smallest members of the family can enjoy the Marine Park’s crystal clear waters. For the more adventurous and seasoned anglers, sports fishing is an exhilarating thrill and will keep even the most experienced fisherman on his toes.

The shoreline in the area features white sand beaches and offshore coral formations arranged in three bays: Watamu Bay, Blue Lagoon and Turtle Bay. They are protected as part of the Watamu Marine National Park. The Marine Park is considered one of the best snorkelling and diving areas on the coast of East Africa. Watamu is indeed one of the top dive spots in the world, and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a world of colour and excitement in an underwater experience never to forget.

The name "Watamu" means "sweet people" in Swahili. The name came from the fact that Arab slave traders used to distribute sweets to entice the local population before taking them as slaves. The most recent discovery is a newly discovered species of the largest spitting cobra in the world (Naja ashei) in Watamu in 2007.

Watamu and its surrounding areas are not just limited to the beach fun. If “twitching” and birds are your interest then Watamu is certainly for you, with hundreds of species found in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and around Mida Creek Reserve. Exploring the mangrove forests of Mida Creek is a magical experience and if history is your interest then the ancient Swahili ruins at Gede are not to be missed.
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