Our first real dive trip in Kenya was in early January at Watamu, just south of Malindi. It was amazing. The diving was easy, the reefs were healthy, and marine life abundant. While we didn’t see any sharks or whale sharks (though it was whale shark season), each dive had something to see and was really enjoyable. You literally could coast along and be entertained by all the fish.
We dove with Aqua Ventures and did ten dives total. We would have done more but afternoon diving wasn’t really an option because of the winds. Still, ten was plenty and I reached my 200th dive!
What did we see? We saw a lot of eels, lots of schooling fish (always nice to see given the state of the oceans), puffers and boxfish (my favorites), Napoleon Wrasse, mantis shrimp, nudibranchs, and much more.
We did take pictures and video (to come soon). Please note that they are from a simple point and shoot. I think next time we’ll go with DSLRs to get better shots. Unfortunately, with the point and shoot a lot of the close ups and macros didn’t come out well (no good photos of the gorgeous nudibranchs – I think we both forgot to adjust settings for those shots). Also, the shutter lag was an issue and we had a lot of blurred fish (no good shots of the most beautiful fish I have ever seen, but hopefully caught on video).
Again, this is not our best work—more for fun and to share what we saw.