Watamu is a small coastal village situated a 20 minute drive from the town of Malindi. There are 2 small supermarkets and 3 banks as well as a miriad of local stalls and boutiques on the edge of the original fishing village. Visitors can browse the many stalls that line the road where you can find local craftsmen making souvenirs, clothing and art work.
There are a wide range of bars and restaurants in the area to suit all tastes. Some of our favourites are Pilipan (a great place for enjoying amazing seafood with an asian twist), Ocean Sports (we love the beach location at lunch time, no better way to enjoy the amazing coastal scenery) and Amandina at Medina Palms (perfect for a special occasion while on holiday).
In the heart of the village you can find Anna's and Andrea's ice cream parlour where you can enjoy some of the best handmade ice cream outside of Italy.
The Watamu Marine National Reserve, a nature park protected by the Kenya wildlife service boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In the north are the coral lagoons of Watamu Bay and Blue Lagoon. At Turtle Bay guests can take a glass bottomed boat out into the marine park to see the stunning array of marine life from Rays to Clown Fish and then can go snorkling to get a closer view. For the more adventurous there are several professionals who can take you scuba diving. At low tide you can walk out onto the reef and find Moray Eels, Lion Fish and many species of coral. Running south, 5kms of white sandy beach takes you to Kite Beach where you can kite surf and paddleboard. At certain times of the year dolphins and humpback whales are regular visitors and can be seen from the shore. Some of the best deep sea game fishing can be enjoyed from Watamu with regular catches of tuna, marlin and swordfish.
Mida Creek is a tidal inlet that covers an area of 32km². Here you can take a boat out onto the creek or walk through the mangrove forest to see more than 60 species of birds. A favourite holiday activity here is to take a cruise on a traditional dhow as the sun goes down enjoying a drink or two.
A 5 minute walk from the house is Watamu Turtle Watch. Here you can visit some of the turtles rescued from being caught in fishermen's nets. Visitors can also volunteer to take part in the protecting nest sites ensuring hatchlings can safely make it to the ocean.
North of Watamu village at Bio-Ken's Snake Farm you can view a wide collection of snakes. Venom is collected and used to make antivenom which is sent all over Africa. Guides at the centre will be able to introduce you to some of their residents and you may even get to hold them as well.
At Gede, 5kms from Watamu, there are the Gede Ruins; remains of an ancient city including 7 mosques. Nearby you can visit the Kipepeo Butterfly Project, a community scheme where they farm many species of butterflies and moths.
The Arabuko Sokoke Forest, which is the largest coastal forest in East Africa, runs from Gede to Kilifi. Here you can see many species of birds, forest elephants and is the only place in the world you can see the golden-rumped elephant shrew.
No trip to Africa is complete without a safari. Tsavo East, Kenya's largest game park, is just a 2 hours drive away while Amboseli, Taita Hills, Shimba Hills and Tsavo West are all within a day's drive.