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Watamu Marine Park

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Watamu National Park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats on Kenyas North coast stretching from Malindi town to beyond the entrance to Mida creek. It is enclosed by the Malindi Marine National Reserve which also encloses Malindi Marine National Park.

Habitats includes intertidal rock, sand and mud, fringing reefs and coral gardens, beds of sea grass, coral cliffs, platforms and islets, sandy beaches and Mida Creek mangrove forest.

The park was designated as a Biosphere reserve in 1979 and it is one of the most visited on Kenya safaris. Mida creek is a large, almost land locked expanse of saline water, mangrove and intertidal muds. Its extensive forests are gazetted as forest reserves and the extreme western tip of Mida Creek is part of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve. It accessible from Mombasa or Malindi by road and also through Mombasa and Malindi airports. Lots of fish, turtles and crubs are easily found here. Mangrove forests with a high density of diverse species thrives successfully on this coast.

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