All Hemingways Watamu’s deep water fishing craft are twin engine and in touch with each other and the shore by radio link. Each boat carries life saving and fire fighting equipment on board and bigger boats are equipped with a head.
We have 3 categories of boats:
1. >35 foot sport fishing boats designed to take up to 4 guests. These boats usually run with a crew of 3. This is definitely the most comfortable way to fish with plenty of room to sit or lie down and relax whilst waiting for the action to happen.
2. 31 foot twin outboard craft for up to 2 guests with 2 crew. Being smaller boats, you are right where it’s all happening – a lot of fun for those who want to be involved in everything.
3. 56 foot larger boat which can take up to 6 guests.
Humpback whales are the most majestic animals in the ocean, and are seen annually passing through the Watamu National Marine Protected Area on the Kenyan Coast.
Ask any tourist to name the Big Five of Kenya, and they will no doubt give you the usual list of land animals. Although visitors to Kenya are aware of Kenya’s beautiful beaches, coral reefs, fishes and sea turtles, not many know that 10 different species of dolphins and whale have been identified in Watamu, which could easily be included in the “Marine Big Five”.
Each year whales are first sighted along the coast of East Africa in early June as they make their annual migration north from Antarctica. Whales travel to warm tropical inner reefs during both breeding and birthing. Newly born calves typically remain with the mothers for about two years, until weaned. The return journey is made in October, swimming over 4,000km to the cold, food-rich seas of Antarctica, their main feeding area for sardines or krill. These magnificent marine mammals can reach a length of 15 metres and weigh around 30 tonnes (about six times the weight of an elephant). Watching them in their natural environment leaping out of the water, sometimes in pairs, or larger family groups, is an unforgettable sight. They can sometimes even be seen from land in Watamu, as you sip a cold beer facing the marine park.
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Watamu is a haven, a natural sanctuary for families of dolphins including mothers and calves. Protected by Kenya Wildlife Service, the Malindi Watamu National Marine Park and Reserve and its protected lagoons and islands are the perfect way to watch our dolphins playing, feeding or having a party! Although they stay in Watamu all year round, dolphins are best seen from November to April when the waters are calmest. Take a morning to view Indo Pacific bottlenose dolphins, and Indian Ocean humpback dolphins in the wild, naturally.
Watamu Marine Excursions are the established dolphin watching tour guides with over 20 years’ experience. They will provide an informed experience, compliant with dolphin watching guidelines. Check out the Do’s and Don’ts to help you and the dolphins have the best experience. Guests are encouraged to stay in the boat for your and the dolphins’ safety, and reminded that Watamu dolphins are wild animals and very protective of their young.
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