Top 9 Things to do in Watamu, Kenya

February 22, 2018 Veronika Gaddis

The delightful village of Watamu is an eco-tourist’s dream, lined with sandy white beaches and hotels dedicated to sustainable tourism. Watamu is a quick snorkel away from the Malindi Marine Reserve Park, and Turtle Beach is the ideal spot for a swim and a tanning session. The village proper features quaint Kenyan shopping stalls called dukas, where you can stock up with supplies. Make sure to visit the Gede Ruins, a mysterious and heavily overgrown 12th century Swahili village, and the beautifully fluttery Kipepeo Butterfly Project.
Restaurants in Watamu

1. Gede Ruins

Mombasa-Malindi Road, Gede 5067-80200 Malindi, Kenya +254 723 359652
Excellent
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4.5 based on 245 reviews

Gede Ruins

Reviewed By Trine L - Oslo, Norway

I had no expectations so when we were jumped by monkeys when entering, we were all taken by surprise! They were just sweet though, and only left us with some sand in our necks. The ruins and the grand baobab trees are beautiful, and our guide was very knowledgeable. He was also honest, and told us he'd accept a tip of 500 :) My son liked the snake farm inside, where he could hold 2 different snakes.

2. Watamu Beach

Watamu, Malindi 80200, Kenya +254 716 296108
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
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4.5 based on 521 reviews

Watamu Beach

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.

Reviewed By donkugonza - Kampala, Uganda

You want to be away from home, Watamu is the place to visit. Save some days, you wont hurry your visit to Watamu. Take a deep breath, you are going to have a great time!

3. Mida Creek

Watamu Marine National Park, Watamu, Kenya
Excellent
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4.5 based on 514 reviews

Mida Creek

Reviewed By Trine L - Oslo, Norway

Had a rainy day going through the boardwalk in the mangrove forest, then a canoe trip. Didn't see many birds because of the rain, but still very nice trip with a very pleasant guide (who sang for me in the canoe, in case I was nervous!) Be aware that you need rubber shoes because of some "razor shells" in the sand, so better bring your own crocs or the likes, if you have.

4. Malindi

Malindi Road, Gede 80208, Kenya +254 720 436868
Excellent
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4 based on 41 reviews

Malindi

Reviewed By RosieJo2013 - London, United Kingdom

A hidden gem this part of the Kenyan Coast on the Indian Ocean, not overrun by tourists, friendly locals, palm wine and hooch - lots to see and do. The dolphin sanctuary and ruins are a must. I flew down from Nairobi and am really very glad that I did.

5. Watamu National Marine Park

Watamu 80202, Kenya +254 702 981935
Excellent
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4.5 based on 352 reviews

Watamu National Marine Park

Reviewed By Beth35 - Billinge, United Kingdom

What a lovely place, with numerous eco friendly initiatives underway to keep it that way. We had a trip on a glass bottomed boat, which collected us from our own strip of beach, 100 yards from our guest house, and took us to a stretch of reef where we could snorkel for 90 minutes. We.saw Angel fish, pipe fish, even lion fish while we swam, and the team on the boat could not have been more friendly and helpful. Our 5 year old son had an absolute blast, and his disappointment when we had to set off back to the beach was only resolved as he checked off his "spots" on the fish information chart on board. Cost about $35 l.p., of which $20 is a flat fee for a 24 hr KWS pass to the marine park. WORTH every penny

6. Bio-Ken Snake Farm

P.O. BOX 3, Post Code 80202, Watamu, Kenya +254 718 290324
Excellent
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4.5 based on 178 reviews

Bio-Ken Snake Farm

Bio-Ken is a research centre, which deals with reptiles, especially snakes and snake-bite. Located less than 5 minutes drive from the hotels in Watamu - Kenya, it houses the largest collection of Snakes in East Africa and is open to the public. There are about 127 different snake species in Kenya. Of these only 18 have caused human fatalities and only another 6 could kill you. Another 10 could cause you a lot of pain and the remaining 93 or so, are non-venomous nor dangerous.

Reviewed By rupiNairobi - Nairobi

It's a pioneer in its field started in the 1980s by the late legendary James Ashe and his wife, Sanda who is the finest snake handler in the country. Bio-Ken run by Ashe's protegee Royjan and his team visit communities, schools and hospitals, supply CORRECT...MoreThank you Rupi for your kind review. We hope you will visit Bio-Ken again soon. Karibu Tena ??

7. Agenzia Safari Vera Africa

P.O Box 242-Watamu Kenya | Watamu-Kenya, Tsavo National Park East 80202, Kenya
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5 based on 7 reviews

Agenzia Safari Vera Africa

Ciao a tutti, sono Alfonso, sono Kenyota di nascita e vivo nella parte costiera del Kenya. Lavoro come guida turistica, organizzo safari, escursioni e trasferimenti in collaborazione con “VERA AFRICA TOURS & SAFARIS”.

Reviewed By AngeloPao - Rimini, Italy

Ho conosciuto Alfonso sulla spiaggia del Garoda Resort di Watamu ed abbiamo deciso di affidarci a lui per le nostre escursioni e il Safari ! È stato bravissimo, molto serio e professionale! Ti fa sentire al sicuro, organizza tutto e soddisfa tutte le tue esigenze! Fidatevi di lui perché è veramente il top ! Una persona dolcissima, gentile e professionale

8. Watamu Turtle Watch

Watamu, Kenya +254 713 759627
Excellent
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4.5 based on 142 reviews

Watamu Turtle Watch

Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to the protection of Kenya's marine environment. We love our local ocean and we use practical conservation, community involvement and development, education, research and campaigning to promote the sustainable use of Kenya's marine resources. Watamu Turtle Watch is our flagship programme. It was started by local residents in 1997 to protect nesting sea turtles. Now it consists of our Nest Monitoring and Protection programme, By Catch Net Release Programme, and specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles. The combination of these programmes enables us to make a real difference in ensuring the future of endangered sea turtles.

Reviewed By hikwam - Nairobi, Kenya

A grass roots Kenyan organisation dedicated to marine conservation and the preservation of our marine environment --especially the threatened turtles. The outfit runs programs on environmental education and outreach to local communities, income generating activities and conservation activities for monitoring, scientific research and conservation of marine turtles.

9. Spiaggia delle Tartarughe

Parco Marini Watamu Kenya, Watamu 80202, Kenya +254 720 650869
Excellent
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Spiaggia delle Tartarughe

Reviewed By mzungus - Staffordshire

Slow service, menu in Italian, not geared to English tourists, probably great if you are Italian, not worth leaving Turtle Bay for.

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