About Watamu

Watamu offers the perfect beach walk. Photo by Tara Turkington

Watamu is a small peaceful village on the Kenya coast 105 kilometres north of Mombasa and 15 kilometres south of the town of Malindi. The village lies between pristine beaches and lush tropical rainforest and two protected areas: Watamu Marine National Park and Arabuko Sokoke National Park.

Watamu is situated on a small peninsula within the curve of Mida Creek and is surrounded by small coves, bays and broad lagoons. The coastline is fringed with coral reef keeping the waters calm and crystal clear.

This region has been home to many communities and tribal groups living both in and around the coast, including the Giriama and Bajuni peoples. The first major settlement in the area was a remote Swahili outpost for trading dhows at Gedi, the ruins of which can still be visited today and are a National Museum site.

Watamu has remained a haven of peace and tranquility and is still proudly one of the coast's most undeveloped and natural areas. Known for its unique, relaxed and laid back way of life, Watamu welcomes visitors seeking to chill out, explore and enjoy the wonders that it has to offer.

Photo courtesy of Turtle Bay Beach Club

Watamu is blessed by long, white sand beaches and protected natural reserves home to unique species both above and below the surface of the Indian Ocean, from coral reefs to coastal creeks to forests alive with birds.

Visitors have a broad range of accommodation options from resorts and boutique hotels to some of Africa's most stunning and luxurious private homes and villas. Guests can explore the local rich culture and history, fusion cuisine and activity options including fishing, scuba diving, kite surfing, volunteer conservation and much more.

Alternatively, you can just lay back relax and enjoy the Watamu way of life.

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