DISCOVER WATAMU: THE REAL GEM IN KENYA
Date published: 11/11/2019
Date published: 11/11/2019
Watamu, a true paradise in Kenya, which not many people know about, is a small picturesque and unexploited fishing town situated in the Kenyan coast. Featuring white sandy beaches, offshore coral formations, turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean, mangroves and rich cultural history, Watamu is a real gem in magical Kenya that should be on your bucket list (if it isn’t already on it).
Reasons why you need to visit Watamu
Watamu sets itself apart from other destinations in Kenya through its variety of authentic and adrenaline pulsing experiences. From kite surfing on the inshore reef, canoeing among mangroves, to exploring the ancient ruins of Gede, Watamu makes the perfect destination for a fun filled vacation.
Scuba diving conditions are best at low tide offering the best views of tropical coral and other aquatic life in the Watamu Marine Park.
Stand up paddle boarding with bottle nose dolphins is one of the most popular activities in Watamu. The best months are November to March when conditions are calm and there are plenty of dolphin pods circling outside the reef.
Just 20 minutes drive from Watamu, Arabuko Sokoke Forest has a large number of African elephants. Watch these amazing animals, while enjoying breathtaking sunset views with a chilled G&T.
Mida Creek is one of Watamu’s true hidden treasures. It stretches inland from the sea into the Arabuko Sokoke Forest. The area is well known for its amazing bird life as it is a stopover point for many migratory birds. Explore the mangroves on a traditional canoe and enjoy a beautiful sunset from the crab shack.
Watamu is a mecca for big game fishing and is famous as a promoter of tag and release. Fishing season runs from November to March however there is also plenty of big tuna activity in August as well. For the true enthusiasts, night fishing for broadbill swordfish is a must.
How awesome is it to catch your own fish and have it prepared right there in the boat!
Fresh Sashimi being prepared on the boat
Discover the Ruins of Gede, left from a small Swahili town that thrived for centuries. Learn the rich history of this historical and archaeological site in Watamu that dates back to the 12th century.
Why party in town when you can party on an island?
Sudi Island on Mida Creek is an idyllic location for a beach party. After a 30 minute dhow cruise down the Creek, jump ashore and relax under the starts with a seafood BBQ and fresh cocktails.
With it’s protected Marine Park and vibrant reef, Watamu is one of the top snorkelling spots in East Africa. Visit during low tide to get up close with Watamu’s tropical fish as you snorkel over vibrant coral gardens.
Despite the rise in marine pollution, Watamu residents have risen to the challenge. Hemingways Watamu organises regular beach clean ups for guests to get involved in making the beaches clean, safe and also take part in the recycling process.
See the recipe for the Mbaazi Mahamri here
Are you brave enough to have a snake wrap around your neck? Visit Sita Snake Park and conquer your fears by getting up close with the inhabitants of the snake park.
A vacation to Watamu is never complete without a sunset cruise on a traditional Arabian dhow. Sit back and sip on a famous Hemingways Dawa cocktail.
See how Hemingways Dawa is prepared here
Hemingways Collection has announced the suspension of its operations in its Ol Seki Mara and Hemingways Nairobi properties due to the Corona virus pandemic but will retain all its 400+ employees.