Watamu Marine Research, Kenya
FROM PRICE: $ 5100
In association with Watamu Marine Association, research expeditions provide the opportunity to dive with dolphins and get directly involved with Kenya's marine conservation projects.
Dive with dolphins from Watamu in Kenya
Turtle Bay Beach Club - 11 days/10 nights
Where is it?
Based in Watamu village on the coast of Kenya, the Watamu Marine Research experience in partnership with the Watamu Marine Association operates from Turtle Bay Beach Club. The coastal resort is located 120 km north of Mombasa, and just 25 km south of Malindi.
The shoreline is included in the list of top ten beaches in the world, and the opportunities presented for an idyllic tropical holiday reflect this gorgeous location. Beautiful coral gardens, opportunities to enjoy marine life including dolphins, whale sharks and sea turtle, and a range of watersports create the perfect conditions for a memorable beach holiday.
Nearby Tsavo National Park provides opportunities for a safari in combination with your beach holiday, with a chance of observing animals from the majestic elephant to the mighty lion.
What is the best time of year to go?
The weather and conditions for a beach holiday are fantastic on a year-round basis; however, if you would prefer to include diving in your research activities, you should time your visit between August and mid-April. Snorkeling can be done all year round.
To enhance your chances of seeing whale sharkss during your stay, the best season for whale watching is December to February. The migratory creatures are attracted by vast numbers of plankton and krill, and many other marine animals are present in this period, including mantas.
Why not time your visit for a Christmas with a difference?
How to get there
You will fly to Joma Kenyatta International Airport on an international or intercontinental flight, and from here will catch a scheduled flight to Malindi Airport. A road transfer will then see you to the Turtle Bay Beach Club, where you will relax from your journey with a refreshing cocktail and views to sooth weary eyes.
Tips and Notes
There are 6 species of dolphin regularly found in Kenyan coastal and oceanic waters. Watamu Marine Association also researches Humpback Whale, which are classified as "endangered" as part of the Southern hemisphere population.
The main research objective is to establish the current population status, distribution and species makeup of dolphins in the project area. A further research component is to evaluate boat operators and dolphin watching practices.
Personal snorkelling equipment is recommended for your comfort, but will be provided if necessary. All diving equipment is provided, with the package including six dives if you wish to do so.
The research and beach component of your holiday is perfectly combined with a safari to Tsavo National Park - why not go on safari first, then head to the beach for eleven days of total pampering and relaxation amongst the eco adventure of a lifetime?