An eco-tourist’s dream, lined with sandy white beaches and hotels dedicated to sustainable tourism.
Watamu looks out over the Indian Ocean and enjoys a blinding white-sand beach and a soft breeze coming off the water. It’s a gorgeous slice of coastline and one that includes its own marine national park. Watamu (means “home of the sweet people” in Swahili) enjoys a friendly community feeling; it is a small although rapidly growing area where most people know and recognize each other. Watamu is a beautiful and peaceful village on the Kenya Coast a few kilometers from Malindi , nestled between pristine beaches and lush tropical forest. Since it was first settled as a remote Swahili outpost at Gedi, this area has remained a haven of peace and tranquility and is still 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.
“Watamu” comes from the Swahili lagguage meaning “sweet people”. South of Malindi is best known for the Watamu Marine National Park – a spectacular coral reef alive with tropical fish and only a short boat ride, or energetic swim at low tide.
Whether it’s a family holiday, a romantic getaway or a wild coastal adventure, you’ll never forget the Wonders of Watamu. Exceptional snorkeling conditions in Watamu Marine National Park allow all visitors easy access to the spectacular undersea life. Whether a newcomer to the sea, or an experienced diver, you’ll be able to find some exciting things to do. Dolphin families have lived in Watamu’s Protected Park and Reserve in Kenya for as long as people can remember. Come visit them in their Indian ocean home.
Enjoy nature walks on floating bridges in Mida Creek a tidal inlet that expands across an area of 32 km2. It comprises different types of habitats that are influenced by the tide, for example mud and sand flats, open shallow waters and mangrove forests. Mida Creek is a recognized International Bird Area and, together with Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, forms a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.