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.
Malindi Marine Park is 6 km2 while Watamu is 10 km2. Both parks were designated as a Biosphere reserve in 1979. The reserve engulfing the parks is 213 km2 extending 5 km into the sea and 30 km along the coast. The area comprises fringing reefs, a series of coral reefs, coral gardens inside the lagoons, sea grassbeds and the Mida Creek mangrove forest.
The sea at Mombasa is as blue as a cornflower, and, outside the inlet to the harbour, the long breakers of the Indian Ocean draw a thin crooked white line, and give out a low thunder even in the calmest weather.
Out of Africa, Karen Blixen