Your guide to Watamu

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Watamu Family Holidays

Attractions: From relaxing on the beach to exploring the nature reserves, there’s something for every member of the family in Watamu. The Turtle Bay Discovery Centre makes for a fantastic morning before heading on to one of the local cafes for lunch and then taking a relaxing stroll along the coast.

Activities: As a beach resort situated between the Blue Lagoon and Watamu Bay, it’s unsurprising to find that you can do a whole host of different water sports, from snorkelling and diving to fishing or simply going for a swim in the crystal clear seas.

Eating & Drinking: Be sure to take the family to one of the many local, family-run cafes and restaurants where you can taste a selection of local foods such as nyama choma (barbequed meat) served with ugali (cornmeal starch) and sukuma wiki (green vegetables fried with onions and tomatoes).

Hotels: With many hotels just a stone’s throw from the beach it’s not hard to find the perfect accommodation for you and your family. Many of the hotels have kid’s clubs and specific areas that will keep your kids engaged and entertained whilst you lie back and soak up the sun in one of Africa’s most beautiful areas.

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Watamu Couples Holidays

Attractions: The Watamu Marine National Park is an absolute dream for avid snorkelers and divers, and is widely considered to be one of the best spots for both in East Africa. Likewise, the area’s wildlife parks offer a fantastic glimpse at the eclectic array of wildlife that Africa and the Serengeti boasts.

Activities: Whether you feel most at home deep under the sea doing a spot of scuba diving, browsing the dukas or market stalls, or simply taking a stroll along the beach before settling for a cocktail as you look out over the horizon, Watamu has everything you need for a romantic getaway with your loved one.

Nightlife: Watamu is much more relaxed than the hustling capital city of Nairobi or the coastline city of Mombasa. You will be able to dine in style and whether you are keen to try some local dishes or international cuisine, there’s a restaurant for all tastes before casually strolling along the beach to a nearby by for a relaxed cocktail under the stars.

Hotels: There’s nowhere quite like Watamu to reconnect with one another. With many of the hotels situated right on the sand, you can cosy up at the hotels’ beach-front bars and watch the sunset on horizon whilst you wine and dine and enjoy the first-class hospitality that Africa is famed for. With many hotels just a stone’s throw from the beach it’s not hard to find the perfect accommodation for you and your family. Many of the hotels have kid’s clubs and specific areas that will keep your kids engaged and entertained whilst you lie back and soak up the sun in one of Africa’s most beautiful areas.

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Attractions in Watamu

Surrounding Area: Watamu lies on a small cape, between Blue Lagoon and Watamu Bay. Just a quick swim away from the sandy beaches of Watamu is the Malindi Marine Reserve Park and Turtle Beach, it’s an ideal location to catch some rays and enjoy a leisurely swim

Activities: The Watamu Marine National Park is considered to be one of the best snorkelling and diving areas in East Africa. You will also find a fantastic opportunity for wildlife spotting on turtle bay and some fantastic cycling routes down the coast. You will be able to stock up for your excursions at the dukas or shopping stalls in the village.

Hotels: Sports resorts based right on the beach allow you to make the most of your holiday in Watamu. Rent a mountain bike from the hotel and cycle through the Arabuko Sokoke Forest or partake in some watersports with a hotel guide before relaxing at a beach-front bar with an exotic, fruity cocktail.

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Image sourced from http://www.watamu.biz

Culture in Watamu

Architecture: The Gede Ruins are an absolute must see when holidaying in Watamu and Malindi. Located with the overgrown ruins of the 12th Century Swahili town is the Kipepeo Butterfly Centre where you see how the honey and silk cloths are made. You must also be sure to visit the local mosques, temples and cathedrals.

Eating & Drinking: Take a stroll down the coast and try out some of the traditional Kenyan dishes at one of the local eateries. If you’re feeling daring then indulge in a glass of Changaa, but be warned, this is not a drink for the faint-hearted with its name translating literally into English as “kill me quick!”

Hotels: Watamu is a very ecologically-friendly area with the hotels dedicated to sustainable tourism. Traditionally a fishing area, you will find that many of these tourist areas and accommodations are situated on the coast line

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