Watamu Tourist Attractions
Watamu is a Swahili fishing village that has grown into a small beach resort. The coast is broken into three coves divided by rocky headlands.Offshore from Watamu is the southern part of the Malindi Marine Reserve. The forests of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve and the Swahili ruins of Gede are also located close by. Watamu has developed into one of the world's best snorkeling and dive spots, with over 600 species of fish found within the Marine Reserve. Whale sharks and Manta rays are seasonal visitors to the reef.For travelers looking for something other than snorkeling and diving, Watamu offers windsurfing, relaxing on the beach, dolphin watching boat tours or exploring the rock pools.
The Gedi Ruins date to the 13th or 14th C but were abandoned by the 17th C. Excavations have revealed many buildings, including the Great Mosque and the Palace.
Mida Creek is extensive mangrove forests, warm shallow waters and large areas of mud flats at low tide. Many local birds call Mida Creek home, such as the greater flamingo, yellow-billed stork, great white egret and malachite kingfisher. It is also the winter home of many migrant birds such as the crab plover, curlew sandpiper, whimbrel and sanderling. The best area to view water birds is at the head of the creek and the best time for bird watching is from March to May.The entrance to Mida Creek is the sight of the "Big Three Caves"; a group of caves famous for the school of giant grouper that are often seen. The number of visitors to the caves is limited and a permit is required.Activities that can be enjoyed at Mida Creek include diving, fishing, mangrove walks, and leisure boat trips. Waterskiing and other watersports are also available
Arabuko-Sokoke National Forest
The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is East Africa's largest remaining indigenous coastal forest. The Forest contains over 260 species of birds including six species of globally threatened birds - Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, East Coast Akalat, Spotted Ground Thrush, Amani Sunbird and Clarke's Weaver. Several of the rare mammals that call the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest home are the golden-rumped elephant shrew, bushy-tailed mongoose and Ader's duiker.The forest plays host to plenty of rare species including birds, butterflies, amphibians and plants.The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest contains three forest types: mixed forest; Brachystegia, woodlands on the east side, and Cynometra, thick forest on red soil located in the western area. The forest is a favorite picnic spot for residents and visitors.
Watamu Marine National Park
Watamu Marine National Park, established in 1968, is home to coral gardens and over 600 species of fish and other sea creatures. The coral gardens in Watamu Marine Park are perfect for snorkeling.Whale sharks, manta rays, octopus and barracuda are some of the larger species encountered in one of the world's best diving areas.Watamu is also a vital turtle breeding area, with Green and Hawksbill turtles as the primary species.Glass bottomed boats will transport visitors to the reefs of Watamu Marine National Park. Non-swimmers can also have the opportunity to take a look at the coral and colourful fish.