Watamu is a small and peaceful coastal town on the North Kenya coast.  It is located 105 kms north of Mombasa and 15 kms south of the town of Malindi.  Watamu is situated on a small peninsula within the curve of Mida Creek and is surrounded by natural beauty including one of Africa’s top beaches, Watamu Marine Park, Arabuko Sokoke Forest and Mida Creek Reserve.

Watamu was originally a sleepy coastal town mostly habited by the local Giriama and settler families.  It has grown over the years to become a chic holiday destination with Italian influences especially in the restaurants and coffee shops.  Many of the older properties have been updated to beautiful villas.  Watamu has remained peaceful and tranquil whilst offering luxury villas with modern amenities combined with a stunning variety of activities and sports.

Getting to Watamu & About

Getting to Watamu is relatively easy, from Nairobi, either from Jomo Kenyatta airport or Wilson Airport.  The flight is approx. 45 minutes.  They are daily flights available with Jambojet, Airkenya, Fly 540 and SAX. Watamu itself is 30 minutes from Malindi airport by taxi. Alternatively you can fly to Mombasa with a transfer of appoxs 2.5 hours. An increasing number of international airlines now fly direct to Mombasa eg Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa and Qatar via Doha.

When in Watamu it is easy to hire a car, hire a taxi,  or even use the cheap and plentiful Tuk tuks.  A Boda boda motorbike taxi is also available.

Things to do

Deep Sea Fishing

Watamu Villas - Marlin

Kenya is one of the few places in the world where you can try you luck at a fantasy slam (blue, black and striped marlin, broadbill and sailfish).  There are many other exciting pelagic species caught…

Kite Surfing

Watamu Villas - Kite Surfing Girl

Watamu is an excellent destination for kite surfing, with cross shore trade winds blowing steadily for most months of the year.  Ideal for experts and beginners alike.  Watamu is still a ‘off the beaten track”…

Diving & Snorkeling

Watamu Villas - Diving Making Bubbles Around Mask

Aquaventures is a PADI dive centre, offering a whole range of PADI dive courses from beginners to advanced.  The centre is located on the beachfront at the north end of the beach. Watamu is home to…

Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Watamu Villas - Paddle Boarding on Mida Creek

Kayaks are available at your villa. Paddleboarding and Kayaking can be arranged with escorted trips down Mida Creek, to Whale Island, or to the ice cream shop. Sundowners at Mida Creek are superb…

Biking & Hiking

Watamu Villas - Biking at Sunset

Walking down the famous white sands of Watamu beach from the south end to the North end finishing at Ocean Sports pub is a beautiful beach walk and with sundowners on offer at the end.  Bikes are available…

Nature & Conservation

Watamu Villas- Turtle on beach

Watamu is home to some well known & established conservation organisations. Locan Ocean Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Kenya’s marine environment with a special …

Mida Dhow Trip

Watamu Villas - Mida Dhow

A Dhow is a traditional sailing boat made of wood and originally used for transporting goods up and down the East African coast as well as all the way to Indian and the Middle East.  The Mida Dhow has…

Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Watamu Villas - Coffee Shop

Watamu has a small but interesting collection of restaurants and coffee shops. The main restuarants include, Pilipan which is a mix of seafood with Indian influences, located on Prawn Lake. Pilipan…


Watamu has a 9 hole pitch and putt golf course with club hire available.  Slightly further away in Malindi there is a 9 hole course that can be played as 18 hole course with different Ts.  At Vipingo…

Spa, Gym & Yoga

Watamu Villas - Massage

Watamu has a selection of spas, with the recently opened Lakshmi Spa being our favourite. Massage and pedicure/manicure are also available at your villa on request.  Yoga is available at next door…

Gede Ruins

Watamu Villas - Gede Ruins Entrance

Gede Ruins in a 12th century Swahili village that was mysteriously abandoned approximately 600 years ago.  It is now a national museum and the ruins are overgrown with beautiful indigenous forest…

Short Safari to Tsavo

Watamu Villas - Elephants in Tsavo

Tsavo Park is about 2 hours drive away and a overnight trip can be combined with a holiday in Watamu.  There is a range of accommodation in Tsavo from fairly basic to more luxury.  Do let us know if…

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