Snorkelling, Surfing & Diving at an Exotic Beach in Malindi, Kenya.
There is simply nothing quite like stepping straight from the beach into a fantastic dive site. Shore diving offers simplicity, flexibility and superb value to divers of all abilities. The freedom associated with snorkelling is one that every traveler and lover of nature wants to experience, all that being packaged with simplicity that appeals to many who do not dive.
I do understand that not all great dive destinations make great snorkelling destinations – and that it is not only divers that wish to have exceptional marine life encounters. We know the great experiences snorkelling offers, and take pleasure in understating a very special place. By the edges of a exotic coral reef in Malindi Kenya.
The small town of Malindi is at the centre of a strip of idyllic tropical beaches offering the visitor a range of world class resorts and quiet relaxing hideaways. Further south, the sleepy village of Watamu is fronted by wide white beaches. This tranquil haven is home to several well established resorts, and many private guesthouses scattered through the forest along the deserted shore.
At Watamu a Marine National Park has been established, an ideal day trip for divers and snorkellers alike. Sea turtles and dolphins frequently appear to snorkelers and boats. Tropical fish on and around the reefs include angelfish, butterfly fish, grouper, guitar fish, lionfish and parrotfish. The reefs also provide a home for crabs, eels, octopus, sponges and squids. During the winter, you may see harmless whale sharks, the largest shark species. Although these waters have few dangerous species, you should watch out for barracuda, jellyfish and, in some areas, reef sharks. Kenya’s coastal waters also include more than 140 types of coral.
As you have fun and enjoy your holiday or research, safety and protection of the marine environment should be your number one consideration. Its good practice to always keep your head in the water and feet at the surface at all times when you are in the coral areas. Fins can be very destructive to the coral. Snorkel without fins unless the water is deep and you are covering a large distance. Don’t step on the coral. This will kill it. Stepping on coral can also lead to nasty cuts. Bacteria and algae living in the coral can easily enter wounds. Do not touch, damage or remove coral. It is a fragile living organism, which takes many years to form. The coral is also host to many rare and endangered vertebrate and invertebrate species. Never touch, chase or harass the wildlife or marine life. Don’t be surprised to find it illegal to remove shells, starfish or any other sea-flora and fauna, as it disrupts the ecosystem. Empty shells provide homes for hermit crabs and some fishes. Leave them in the ocean.
As if that’s not enough to quench your thirst for adventure. In addition to snorkeling and scuba diving, the Kenyan coast offers numerous activities. If you don’t want to swim, you can still enjoy marine life through a glass bottom boat; Charlie Claw’s and Hemingways both offer tours. Experienced scuba divers can explore several wrecks along the reefs. Areas such as Mida Creek, near Watamu, house an array of birds for avian aficionados. In Mida Creek’s mangrove forest, you may see eagles, egrets, flamingos, ospreys, storks and many other birds. The nearby Arabuko-Sokoke Forest contains indigenous woods, serves as the only habitat for the Clarke’s weaver bird and also houses buffalo, elephants, hyenas and leopards.
Enjoy your stay in Kenya and have fun.