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. The reefs lying in-front of Watamu beach make a perfect spot for scuba diving.
Depths here range between 10-40 m / 32-45 ft with water temperatures at 20-30°C/68-86°F and visibility at 15 m/49 ft. Diving is open all year round although the best time to go scuba diving is from October – April.
The reef offers amazing variety of fishes and coral life. Spot is suitable for both the novice and experienced diver. Common encounters here would be the manta rays, turtles, whale sharks and dolphins. What’s more, night dives are also available depending on the weather and tidal conditions. Boat rides would normally be between 10 – 25 minutes from the beach front.