Taking Watamu to The World
- 26 January 2016 | By Wonders of Watamu
The Wonders of Watamu group caught the attention of the Make It Kenya and Magical Kenya campaigns and was selected to represent the destination as part of #KenyaLive which took an online audience on a safari across Kenya from the conservancies of the Mara to Watamu- showing the amazing diversity of landscapes, wildlife and cultures that a traveller to Kenya can experience.
When #KenyaLive arrived in Watamu after a week in the Mara they were ready for that great blend of relaxation and adventure that Watamu offers- and we certainly delivered. Their 4 days in Watamu were a nonstop showcase of our natural, cultural and and active wonders. They captured stunning sunsets and sumptuous meals at the luxurious Medina Palms and a poolside brunch at Turtle Bay Beach Club- but also had a lot of adventures on land and sea.
They introduced viewers to the concept of renting private beach houses and villas with Watamu Property Services and sailed into Mida Creek aboard the Turtle Bay Dhow to take in a spectacular sunset. They visited Bioken Snake Farm and learned more about rare reptiles, introducing the world to one of our most beautiful locals- the harmless Blue Bush Snake.
At dawn they joined a yoga class at Watamu Treehouse as the sun rose out of the sea and the broadcast a live mediation session on the beach that allowed viewers around the world to take part.
The broadcasts perfectly captured the Watamu Way of Life, including one from the legendary bar of Ocean Sports.
Then came the most remarkable broadcast of all. Over the 4 days the crew from Herdtracker had been working with local researchers from Local Ocean Trust, capturing their work rescuing turtles that have been caught in fishermans nets and releasing them into the wild.
After the Minister visited the Local Ocean Turtle rescue and rehab centre he joined the team to release a rare Olive Ridley turtle into the sea, stressing the critical role of conservation in sustainable tourism.
By adding a live stream to this camera, viewers around the world were afforded and incredible opportunity to see the underwater world of Watamu through the eyes of a turtle, and the stunning results prompted a wave of positive response, questions and encouragement from around the world. The Full HD video of this incredible experience will be released very soon.
KenyaLive was stunning success for the destination and for everyone around the world who loves Kenya or would one day love to visit. We were thrilled to be a part of this exciting campaign and bring Watamu to the world and the world to Watamu.