Getting to and around Watamu

Getting to Watamu is easy. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is a major hub for international airlines and from there it is an easy 45-minute flight to Malindi airport on coast. There are daily flights available with Kenya Airways, Jambojet, AirKenya and Fly 540.

The flight is very scenic, passing over the expanse of Tsavo East and West National Parks enroute to the descent to Malindi  by the Indian Ocean.

Watamu is just 30 minutes from the airport and a taxi from Malindi to Watamu will cost between 2000-3000 Kenya Shillings (around $25-35). Alternatively pre-book a transfer via your hotel.

You can also fly from Nairobi to the coastal city of Mombasa. From Mombasa International Airport you can drive around 90 minutes drive to Watamu, which is a scenic drive along the coast passing through sisal plantations and crossing beautiful Kilifi creek.  A taxi from here will cost around 6000-8000 kshs (around $70-90).

Once in Watamu getting around is easy. There are taxis available locally at affordable rates, which can be booked via your hotel or from the staff at rental houses or can be called from restaurants. Bikes can be hired locally and are a fantastic way of exploring the surrounding area. You can also explore the local area on foot via the beaches or through town.

Use the interactive map below for orientation.

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