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Watamu Beach

Watamu, Malindi, Kenya
+254 716 296108
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high tide

Full moon brings a high tide great for swimming, numerous spots to choose from. Many high end... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2017
Vancouver Island, Canada

This will always be one of my favourite beaches, for its soft white sands, and hotels that dont... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“low tide” (5 reviews)
“marine park” (6 reviews)
Watamu, Malindi, Kenya
+254 716 296108
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Full moon brings a high tide great for swimming, numerous spots to choose from. Many high end villas, lots of beach boys

Thank CM J
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This will always be one of my favourite beaches, for its soft white sands, and hotels that dont encroach too much. Snorkelling in the Marine Park wonderful and the Local Ocean Conservation organisation make it a perfect haven for anyone interested in nature.

Thank BristolButterflyRed
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Is soo nice looks like a fairy tale not much to offer if you what to go around but for a calm week-end with small kids yes you can try it. Definitely

Thank Gina P
Reviewed 31 December 2016

A beautiful beach....We stayed at Turtle Bay Beach Resort which had direct access. I liked the fact that you were not bothered by local tradesmen, and if approached and refused, that was accepted.

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Wonderful! Lots of improvement on the cleanliness of the beach. Very helpful local guides who are available for some hire - keeps them off drugs and also supports them on the community tourism

Thank Herbert D
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Watamu comes across as a rustic sleepy town to me. There is a lot less going on than in places such a Watamu and Diani. That said there are a good celection of fantastic restaurants and places to have a few drinks. The beach is...More

Thank AcaciaGM
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We went for one day to stay in watamu white sandy beach! Was amazing! We walk a lot...water is so blue!!!! We went to the restaurant at the beach of Sun Palm Beach Resort and had a lunch there. There's pizza and so nice food....More

Thank ivanastt
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Stayed in Watamu for a couple of weeks in during November. I was so disappointed with Watamu's beaches. Yes, the setting is beautiful, the sand white and sea blue but oh dear, the plastic pollution is awful. I have never, ever seen so many discarded...More

4  Thank David V
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Quite a bit of seaweed this time of year...and noisy construction around Hemmingways resort. But a huge expanse of beach great for walks and lots of shallows for paddling and swimming in front of Ocean Sports. A few traders on the beach selling their wears......More

Thank hmf5863
Reviewed 18 October 2016

the beach is good for resting and having sea breezes with family to enjoy, take swimming gear and cameras and eye glasses

Thank Maiyo T
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23 May 2016|
Response from Collin F | Reviewed this property |
Hi! Actually yes! there is lots of small villages and also the beach is long. So you can always find some place there. just be careful about the tide. its changing each 6 hours.