Watamu Beach
Watamu Beach
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The coastal village of Watamu is known for its wonderful white sand beach. The region is protected as part of the Watamu National Marine Park.
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Tomasz L
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The Beach and seaview is astonishing. You may also enjoy the Snakefarm - people there are doing great job yo extract antivenom! The Gede ruins are also nice. Those are the only positive things.
We have been in Watamu in the low-season. We felt like we are the only tourists around (just a few more people gather atound in the evening in bars). The local beach boys don't let you enjoy the view and the beach, always walking around you like mosquitos. You can not relax for a moment. Everyone treats you like an ATM. Thet follow you even back to the hotel. We felt like almost inprisoned. A lot of restaurants are closed off season. Those that look nice are extremly expensive.
That was supposed to be the best holiday of my life but was ruined by the beach boys.
Written 6 June 2024
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EvaF2Eva
Lorrach, Germany5,066 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
I spent just one evening on the Watamu beach and it will forever remain in my mind as a place of two faces. At one side it is an overcrowded place with spoiled misbehaving tourists. At the other hand it is breathtakingly beautiful piece of nature where I experienced one of the most exciting happening of my stay in Kenya when we observed fishermen coming home with their haul. So much joy and excitement! There is no way you don´t get excited too.
Written 29 April 2024
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belinda kambua
Mtito Andei, Kenya19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Very beautiful beach,white powdered sand ,turquoise water.so many hotels and restaurants.very friendly people .been in different beaches in kenya but i can rate watamu the top.for transfers and day trips we contacted omar +254 758 292 901 very fast in replying via whatsaap.we did the marafa hells kitchen,snorkelling in the marine park and the transfer from watamu to mombasa train station .
Written 29 December 2023
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Katerinushka
Kiev6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
It was my first time I visited Kenya. First came to Mombasa, then my local friend brought me to Malindi. It’s nice there. In the evening he took me to Watamu beach. There are few beach bars just on the sand, with a view to the ocean. I liked the atmosphere, very Unusual to feel this African style for a European woman that came from a cold place. During the day it was hot but with a nice ocean breeze. We enjoyed cooled cocktails from the renovated Islands bar and in the evening enjoyed their food and drinks listening to African beats till midnight. I don’t know, for me it was the best day I spent in Kenya during my short stay. I didn’t have a chance to see the animals in Safari. Next time for sure will do.
Written 26 March 2023
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andrew_skylark
Minsk Region, Belarus220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
- white sand, blue water
- in the morning water goes away, so you can walk on sea grounds and see marine life that stayed behind
- in the evening water comes back quickly so you can literally stay in one place and see all those small islands dissapear and water level reaching your waist
- downside: too many annoying beach boys following you
Written 17 February 2023
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Freija A
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Watamu is a beautiful place to spend some glorious days at the beach. For all your excursions, Ali is a great local guide who can organise all types of excursions. From good eating spots, local transport , an afternoon trip to Marafa and all sorts of safaris. His number is +254 790 385979
Written 1 February 2023
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Francis Muzozo
Karen, Kenya13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Expansive sandy beach with long stretch deep into the sea when water recede. Great stretch of raised island cutting across. A bit of dumping of waste by beach users.
Written 18 January 2023
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Ramat
Ottawa, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Went snorkeling, it's very safe and very friendly guides. even if you can't swim, go for the ride, well worth it
Written 6 January 2023
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Larry4Africa
Kitale, Kenya125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Living up the coast 15 miles, I can assure you Watamu has the best beaches in Kenya. The sand is white with an almost flour-type consistency. The locals love to rill on the sand until they are white. The water is a nice turquoise color, There is a reef a km out with prevents the bigger waves from hitting the beach. Friendly locals,
Written 29 December 2022
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Fiona C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
On my 4 day trip to Malindi and Watamu on the coast, I stayed at the wonderful Ocean Sports Hotel. I was there for an African art research trip. I learnt more about the complex history, physical geography, flora, fauna and cultures there. A Swahili port, Malindi has a turbulent past, having been colonised by the Portugese (Vasco da Gama visited in 1498), Sultan of Zanzibar, and British. On the beach at Watamu, I drew, collected found objects, and made a couple of impromptu sculptures, attracting local interest. I invited a couple of beach boys to make a collaborative sculpture with me using found objects. Went snorkelling - the best part was watching a pod of 50+ dolphins swimming - quite a rare sighting.. Very sad to see the coral depleted so much since my childhood in Kenya due to climate change... Otherwise, had an amazing time!
Written 17 December 2022
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