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Visit Watamu, Kenya

Watamu is a coastal village nestled between lush tropical forest and scenic beaches on the Kenya coast. The tranquil village is renowned for its relaxed way of life as well as its natural wonders.

This old fishing town that has been transformed into an attractive tourist spot, lying between the Watamu Bay and the Blue Lagoon. It is laid back in nature, but it is outstanding in its natural beauty.  It is one of the undeveloped natural areas in Kenya with some of the wonders of Kenya, perfectly hidden for you to discover.

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Why Visit Watamu?

  • Watamu Marine National Park:  is marine protected area recognized worldwide as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. One of the best diving and snorkelling areas in Kenya is the Watamu Marine National Park, renowned for its natural beauty.  The park boasts diverse birdlife, a rich marine life, reef-protected lagoons, coral gardens, and pristine beaches.
  • The Hidden Swahili Town: Watamu is the original home of the Bajuni people.  Today, various tribes such as the Kikuyu, Luo, Kisii, Luhyas, and Kalenjin have migrated to Watamu.  The thick vegetation of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest reserve has hidden gems and wonders along the winding paths. The forest has something that every tourist is eager to discover, the lost Swahili town of Gedi.
  • Mida Creek: is a Broadwater tidal creek, which stretches inland from the sea into Arabuko Sokoke Forest, and it is lined with palms and surrounded by extensive mangroves. The creek is home to a wide variety of fish species, sea turtles, crabs, and birdlife.

Whether you are coming to Kenya for a wild coastal adventure or a romantic getaway, Watamu has something for you. It can be accessed by road, train or air.

  • Time zone: UTC / GMT +3
  • Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KSh, often written as =/)
  • Driving: left-hand side of the road
  • International dialling phone: +254
  • Power Outlets: 220V-240V 50Hz. Plug types are ‘Type D & G (British)’
  • Closest airport: Malindi Airport is the closest airport to Watamu and serves as the region’s airport


Best time to visit

If you want to enjoy a smooth boat ride and watch the dolphins, you can come any time of the year. However, the best time to spot or watch the whales is July to October.

During the low season can be the right time because hotels are cheaper and tourists are few.  Thinking of witnessing the Great Migration in other parts of Kenya, the dry seasons is the best time (January to February or June to October).

Sights and sounds

Historical Experiences

Watamu is an amazing destination if you are ready to explore. Nearby attractions are the ruins of Gedi, an enchanting and mysterious village in the 13th century that vanished with its secrets. It is one of the main attractions if you are in this town. The ruins of this Swahili village is enveloped by a forest, leaving you to see remains of houses constructed from coral bricks, a mosque and a palace alongside some items such as vases. You will learn and discover the story of this village as you explore the area.

Water Activities

The Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve cannot be bypassed no matter how much you want to escape it. It is one of the finest places to visit in Kenya. You can indulge in a range of water activities such as windsurfing, water skiing, diving, and snorkelling. You can watch the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat. The underworld can be watched from a glass-bottomed boat.

Dining and Dietary Considerations

Watamu features an array of restaurants and café, where you can enjoy a range of culinary options. Many of Watamu restaurants serve Italian and typical African dishes. We recommend the following:

  • Visit the Mapango Restaurant, located close to the beach for your buffet service.
  • Safina Beach Bar & Grill is a great place with its sandy floor and great music; African dishes and seafood are served.
  • Klub Kalahari has sky gardens and great food with a good sitting arrangement. In the night, the live video mix lightens up the place.
Religious and Cultural considerations

Christians dominate the country, but Watamu has are mostly Muslims. Most of them are Shafite Muslims. Hinduism and Sikhism are also practised in the town

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  1. The history of Watamu can be traced from 1937
  2. Three communities gave birth to Watamu and made it a top vacation destination.
  3. The population according to KNBS – 2010 was 1,030 people
  4. Watamu has been ranked 2nd best sandy beach in Africa by CNN Travel, 2012

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