Watamu Beach is located at 120 km/74 mi in the north of Mombasa and 28 km/17 mi in the south of Malindi, the nearest big town. The shoreline of this area consists of white sandy beach and offshore corals forming three bays, namely Watamu bay, Turtle bay and Blue Lagoon. The bay is protected by a coral reef almost 0.5 km/546.81 yd off the shore.
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Snorkeling in Mudjimba or Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia
Old Woman Island is also a popular snorkeling location, thanks to its abundant marine life. The average depth here is at 10 m/32.8 ft and the maximum is at 15 m/49.2 ft. Visibility is good and varies from 10 m/32.8 ft to 30 m/98.4 ft. In addition, the spot is suitable for all snorkelers and it can be dived all year long. The average water temperature is around 28°C/82.4°F in summer and around 20°C/68°F in winter.
Old Woman Island is home to numerous hard and soft corals, nudibranch species and sea sponges. Snorkelers are able to admire the coral gardens of Mudjimba Island that start at 2 m/6.56 ft depth and encounter tropical fish, crayfish, starfish, turtles, sea whips, gorgonians, stingrays, moray eels, wobbegong sharks, coral trout and small groper. Last but not least, it is also a great location for first timers. Note: book a boat dive in one of the many scuba schools located in the area.