Kenya Tourism

Watamu Beach Kenya

Watamu Beach Kenya is situated around 105km North of Kenya’s oldest city, Mombasa, and 15km south of Malindi. Watamu Beach’s crystal-clear waters make it an excellent location for various activities and the surrounding area is a home to abundance of wildlife safari. Watamu beach is a charming along Kenya’s coastline, and it is well known for its pristine white sand. As part of the Watamu National Marine Park, this is a great spot for scuba diving or snorkeling. The coral reefs are home to all types of colorful underwater life, and they also help to create breaks for surfing enthusiasts while on Kenya Safaris Tours.

When the tide goes out, you can walk out into the shallow water for miles. Even heading out for a few minutes can be remarkable experience. Watamu beach boasts a number of the excellent hotels and restaurants just steps from the sand, allowing you to spend the whole day or even an overnight trip enjoying the environment.

The Watamu Marine National Park is located around 1 km off the coast of Watamu Beach, and it contains 600 fish species, 110 species, 110 species of stony coral, and countless invertebrates, crustaceans and molluscs.

Watamu has a strong population of Italian expats who have left their mark on the local cuisine through authentic Italian pizza and ice cream. Watamu is a cosmopolitan town which blends Kenyan, Arab, and Italian influences.

Watamu Beach Kenya
Watamu Beach Kenya

Watamu beach is a popular post-safari gateway for travelers who want to unwind. If you have a strict itinerary and want to see everything that Kenya has to offer, then we recommend that you spend a few days in Watamu. However, travelers who want a beach holiday can enjoy a week of Watamu’s cool ocean breeze and gentle waves.

Similarly, snorkeling and diving enthusiast can make Watamu the focal point of the Kenya adventure.

Accommodation at Watamu Beach.

Ocean Sports Resort.

A popular family-owned-resort which offers abroad range of accommodation. You can choose between a veranda room, a family ‘nest’ of 4 interconnected rooms, a two-story cabana room, and a beach house which contains 4 bed rooms and 3 bedrooms. Ocean’s beach resort front restaurant serves a delicious menu which merges Kenyan flavours with traditional pub favorites.

The beach bar has panoramic views of Watamu beach and it is the perfect place for a sundowner. Ocean’s bar is known for its nightlife and it has a lively atmosphere in the evening.

Turtle Bay Beach Club.

This eco-friendly is traveler’s favorite and a great choice for environmentally conscious adventures. Turtle Bay Beach Club is the first hotel in Kenya to receive a ‘Gold Eco-rating ‘from Eco-Tourism Kenya’ s recognition of its efforts to care for the environment and local community.

The hotel spans across 200 meters of beach and the accommodation is nestled within 10 aces of tropical gardens. With over 145 rooms, Turtle Bay offers the widest range of the rooms of any hotel in the area.

Watamu Treehouse.

The white brick, spiral-shaped Watamu Treehouse has a unique aesthetic. The clifftop hotel offers sweeping views across the Indian Ocean and the verdant coastal forest below. The hotel was built without the destruction of any trees on an existing clearing within the forest.

Watamu Treehouse offers a range of relaxing activities, from massages to yoga on the top floor to cooking demonstrations. Its restaurant offers a delicious menu of Swahili, Indian, and Middle Eastern dishes which are prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

Boutique Hotel Nyumbani Tembo.

Boutique Hotel Nyumbani Tembo is located only 400 yards from Watamu Beach, Nyumbani Tembo is one of the best situated hotels along the beach. The hotel’s traditional decorated rooms encircle a central courtyard area which contains a large swimming pool. Other facilities include a currency exchange desk, a bar, a restaurant, and a shared lounge. Despite having first-class facilities and an excellent location, Nyumbani Tembo offers great value for money.

Watamu Beach Kenya
Boutique Hotel Nyumbani Tembo.

Best time to visit Watamu Beach.

Best time to visit Watamu Beach is all year around. However it is better to visit the beach from July to October, as this is the longest dry season when the coast is cool and the skies are clear and sunny.

How to get to Watamu Beach.

Watamu Beach is easily accessible from Malindi and Mombasa, and you can fly to both destinations from Nairobi. Watamu is a 30-minute drive from Malindi Airport, and a taxi will cost up to KSH 3,000. Most hotels will offer an airport transfer service.

The road journey from Mombasa is slightly longer and the drive will take around 90 minutes .The taxi will cost up to KSH 8,000.

Although it is possible to drive from Nairobi, the long road journey takes around 8 hours, so we recommend that you can fly to Malindi or Mombasa to shorten the journey time.

Watamu Beach is so simply wonderful, walking in the sands or swimming in the warm blue seas, the snorkeling and diving are wonderful as the reef runs down the whole Kenya coast, and it is also rated as the third best beach safari in Africa, it has a crystal clear water and silver sand beach.

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