The real magic of Watamu is that it remains relatively undeveloped and is home to several key protected coastal reserves. The area is home to an active conservation community that works to protect these all-important areas.Watamu Marine Park was one of the world’s first National Marine Parks, established in 1968. The main protected area is 300m (980ft) from the shore and encompasses coral reef, expanses of sea grass, caves and the waters of Mida Creek. The park is home to over 600 species of fish, coral gardens and many invertebrates and crustaceans. The park is fantastic for diving and snorkelling, and was designated as a UN Biosphere Reserve in 1979.
Watamu is a small peaceful village on the Kenya coast 105 kilometres north of Mombasa and 15 kilometres south of the town of Malindi. The village lies between pristine beaches and lush tropical rainforest and two protected areas: Watamu Marine National Park and Arabuko Sokoke National Park.