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A Guide To Watamu Marine National Parks

Malindi – Watamu Marine National is convenient to treat both parks (Malindi and Watamu) as one unit as they are in the same reserve. Famous for their stretches of casuarina, fringed white sandy beaches, the coastal resorts of Malindi and Watamu are world renown.

Malindi Marine Park and Reserve is 118km from Mombasa and to the south of Malindi. The marine park is endowed with magnificent resources such as fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, sea grass beds, mangroves, mudflats and high fish diversity, marine mammals (dolphins), turtles and various species of shore birds

Facts About Malindi – Watamu Marine National Parks

Altitude: sea level.
Area: the total area of 261 sq km comprises; Malindi Marine National Reserve 213 sq km; Watamu Marine National Reserve 32 sq km; Malindi Marine National Park 6 sq km; and Watamu Marine National Park 10 sq km.
Location: Kilifi District, Coast Province, 118 km north of Mombasa on Kenya’s north coast.
Gazetted: Watamu Marine National Reserve 1968.
Malindi Marine National Reserve 1976 (declared a UN Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1979).
Climate: hot and humid.
Vegetation: algae, microscopic marine plants, marine angiosperms, mangroves, palms and casuarinas.
Fauna: various crabs, corals, molluscs, cowries and marine worms.
Birds: Whale Island is a nesting ground for roseate and bridled tern and there are numerous shore birds.

the watamu national park is part of a complex marine and tidal habitat along the north coast. it is enclosed by the malindi marine national reserve which also encloses malindi marine national park.several turtles inhabit the reserve green, hawksbill, olive ridleyand loggerhead.

the park has more than 100 species of bird found and cultivated gardens, shambas, and bush . commonly seen overhead is the black kite, while the common bulbul, white-browed coucal and speckled mouse bird can be seen in the undergrowth. Bright yellow canaries and golden palm weavers flash in the bush, while the lizard buzzard and the lilac breasted roller perch on poles and wires.

Habitats include intertidal rock, sand and mud, fringing reefs and coral gardens, coral cliffs, sandy beaches and the Mida Creek mangrove forest. The Mida Creek forest has a high diversity of mangrove species, including Ceriops tagal, rhizophora mucronata, bruguiera gymnorrhiza, avicennia marina and sonn eratia alba. These provide refuge to a variety of both resident and migrant bird species.

The major attractions are the green turtle, unique coral garden, the Mida creek, Kipepeo project and the Gede ruins. There is no accommodation in the reserve though many options exist in the nearby Malindi town.

Glass-bottomed boat tours, coral gardens, boat rides, diving, snorkelling, ocean sports, under-water adventures, educational tours, picnic and island barbeques are the attractions that lure visitors. At present, the park does not operate on smart card system and entry is by cash only – in Kenya shillings or US dollars.

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What To See At Malindi Marine National Park & Reserve

  • Fishes
  • Magical Island
  • Clean oceanic beach & warm water
  • Sea turtles
  • Inverterbrates
  • Benthic cover
  • Corals
  • Dolphins

What To See At Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve

  • Haven of green turtle
  • Unique coral garden
  • Mida creek
  • Kipepeo project
  • Gede ruins

Accommodation and hotels in Malindi Marine National Park & Reserve,

KWS Self Catering

  1. Malindi Cottage

Campsites in Malindi Marine National Park & Reserve,

  1. Casaurina

How to get to Malindi Marine National Park & Reserve

  • By Road: Malindi Marine National Park is situated on Kenya’s magnificent Indian Ocean coastline, Malindi town, some 110 km North of Mombasa
  • By Air: Malindi Airport is your arrival point

How to get to Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve

  • By Road: Watamu is 120 kms north of Mombasa and 28km south of Malindi. At Gede, which is on the main Mombasa Malindi Road, you turn towards the Indian Ocean. 11kms from the main road is Watamu itself.
  • By Air : Malindi airport is your arrival point

Malindi Marine National Park & Reserve fees

Citizen

Adults KSH: 150

Child KSH: 150

Resident

Adults KSH: 350

Child KSH: 200

Non – Resident

Adults USD:20

Child USD: 15

Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve fees

Citizen

Adults KSH: 150

Child KSH: 150

Resident

Adults KSH: 350

Child KSH: 200

Non – Resident

Adults USD:20

Child USD: 15

Malindi Marine National Park & Reserve contacts

Landline: 0202335684

Email:malindimarine@jambo.co.ke or malindimarine@kws.go.ke

Postal Address:

Malindi  Marine Park,

The Warden,

Box 109,

Malindi.

Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve contacts

Phone: +254 20-2335459

Postal Address:

The Warden,

Watamu Marine National Reserve,

P.O.Box 109,

Malindi, Kenya.

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