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Introduction to Watamu

Watamu is a jewel on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. It has world class beaches, a coral reef - second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – just off shore, East Africa’s oldest and largest remaining coastal forest (home to birds, butterflies, monkeys and the extraordinary gold rumped elephant shrew), the ancient Swahili Gedi ruins, and easy access to safari country at Tsavo East national park.


   Watamu Beach


Watamu village is an ideal location for independent travellers, or tourists who want to explore beyond the confines of their hotel and the private beach. Just a few miles south of Malindi, the village itself and the hotels and guest houses sit cheek by jowl offering the best of all worlds – the luxury, peace and quiet of your hotel, the bustle of the village with its shops and bars, and the surrounding bush. You can sit on the beach and watch the fishing boats go about their business, see the local children play in the sea after school, take a bush walk or chat with the locals.

The Kenyan people are friendly and welcoming, and you will be greeted everywhere with a friendly “jambo”. So if you are looking for white sand, turquoise sea and palm trees, ‘the big five’ safari experience and a genuine opportunity to meet local people and experience a different culture you can’t do better than head for Watamu. To make the most of the local area, we can provide guides and day or half day trips as well as our famous safaris. Whether you want to see the dizzying array of over 600 species of brightly coloured tropical fish, swim with the dolphins, or go big game fishing yourself – or soak up the ancient Swahili culture – complement your safari with a local excursion and get to know why people come back to Watamu year after year.


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