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Luckily the coastline of Kenya's Marine Parks has not been developed to the extent of those around Mombasa. The beaches are relatively uncrowded and nature is never that far away. Their distance from Mombasa ensures that the dive sites are not swamped and the dives are a very relaxed affair. This is very much in keeping with the rest of the holiday that you will enjoy.


Situated 24km south of Malindi and surrounded by Marine Parks, Marine Reserves and a world renowned forest, Watamu is for the nature lover. Above the water the area is an ornithologists dream. The vast tidal inlet of Mida Creek and the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest are home to over 450 species of birds. Even if you are not an avid 'twitcher' a trip to either will surely impress.

A trip to the bird hide in the creek or tree house in the forest will directly help local children and through education conserve these areas for years to come. 100% of the fee charged for these facilties goes to a bursary fund that supports children attending school or polytechnic.


The fringing reefs, of which there are three, are about a mile off shore. RIB dives are conducted throughout the day giving you flexibility. The big draw of course is the Whale Shark and Watamu has the highest number of sightings.

The other big draw of the area is it's a nesting ground for the Green Turtle. Nesting occurs throughout the year so you could be on hand when they hatch and make their perilous way to the ocean. Please click here for more info


  • 4* Turtle Bay Beach Club - A very friendly beachfront hotel hosting its own dive centre. Very eco-friendly and pro-active within the community and with conservation projects.
  • 5* Hemingways - 74 standard, superior, deluxe and suite rooms. Watamu's premier hotel and a beach voted in the worlds top ten by the Sunday Times.



Close to the Tanzanian border this tranquil fishing village nestles on a small peninsula. Still relatively untouched by tourism with only a handful of hotels it is the gateway to the marine parks of Kisite and Mpunguti. Opposite the village is the island of Wasini which can be reached by foot by wading through at low tide. Your excursions can be rewarded by possibly the best seafood restaurant in Kenya.


This area is scarcly on the diving map hence you will find all the dive sites devoid of divers. As opposed to the rest of Kenya diving is pretty much year through with the exception of the rainy months of May and June. Shimoni is also the embarkation point for the liveaboard Kisiwani that sails south to the Tanzanian island of Pemba.


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