Dive into the realm of the fishes, a kaleidoscope of colour whirls past your goggles. The Marine Reserve is one of the finest diving destinations on the coast of East Africa. This UNESCO bio-sphere is teeming with fishes - the only other reef that hosts such a diversity of marine life is the Great Barrier Reef and that’s 30,000km long, in comparison to Watamu’s 229km square.The reef is well preserved and with 15 dive sites and three dive centres in Watamu, you can explore its array of weird creatures (except in May and June when all the bases are closed). In November, swim into the dim realms of the moon-eyed fishes alongside the sleek manta rays and the gigantic whale sharks through the coral gardens and cliffs. You can also expect to see green turtles, all sorts of crustaceans and perhaps a shy dugong.
Certified courses available: PADI, BSAC, SSI and VDST
Spotter’s checklist:parrotfish, angelfish, groupers, filefish, lionfish, snappers, damselfish, butterflyfish, morays, octopus blue spotted rays, mullet, sweetlips, drummerfish, crocodilefish, barracudas.