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Watamu

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Watamu is a small town 20 kilometres or so south of Malindi. The name translates into 'sweet people'. It lies between Watamu Bay to the north and Blue Lagoon to the south. The stunning Turtle Bay extends south from Blue Lagoon where it meets Mida Creek.

Watamu town itself has grown from a small coastal village into a small ramshackle settlement of huts and buildings. The town has an accelarating growth rate due to the popularity of the area as a great holdiday destination, with a growing economy and population.

Watamu Bay

Watamu's northern most, and least developed bay. Watamu Bay can be accessed from the northern part of Watamu village, or the road heading north towards Bio-Ken snake farm. Inland from Watamu bay consists mainly of residential properties, although tourist accommodation developments are increasing here.

Blue Lagoon

A circular, well protected lagoon located just south of Watamu village. Blue lagoon has a unique character, with it's rounded beach, and tranquil waters. A range of accommodation from hotels, residential houses, and beach cottages have beautiful views overlooking the lagoon across the protective coral headlands and islands out to the indian ocean.

Turtle Bay

Watamu beach stretches for about seven kilometres south to the mouth of Mida Creek. The north end of the bay is sheltered by an ancient coral headland - providing a natural harbour for vessels. Traditionally, dhows would wey anchor here, on their trade route north or so with with monsoon wind. Today, the bay provides shelter to modern sports fishing boats, glass-bottomed boats, and the occasional ngalawa or small dhow.

Mida Creek

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Part of the same ecosystem as the Watamu Marine Reserve and Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Mida Creek is an ecologically important area deserving it's protected status. Wide sandbanks and mud flats are exposed at low tide and the creek is fringed with mangorve forest teaming with life. Mida Creek is also listed as an Important Bird Area(IBA).

External links:

ASSETS Kenya - Mida Creek 
Birdlife International - MIda Creek IBA Factfile

ASSETS Kenya - Arabuko-Sokoke Schools and Ecotourism Scheme 
Children of Watamu - Children's charity

Watamu Photo Gallery

View across Mida Creek, Watamu

View across Mida Creek, Watamu

Whale Island, Watamu

Whale Island, Watamu

Mouth of Mida Creek, Watamu

Mouth of Mida Creek, Watamu

Indian Ocean view from Baraka House, Watamu

Indian Ocean view from Baraka House, Watamu

Lizard Buzzard, Watamu

Lizard Buzzard, Watamu

Turtle Bay Beach Club - Mida Dhow cruise

Turtle Bay Beach Club - Mida Dhow cruise

Hemingways Watamu

Hemingways Watamu

Skydiving over Watamu

Skydiving over Watamu

Learning to Scuba Dive in Watamu

Learning to Scuba Dive in Watamu

Dhow cruise, Mida Creek

Dhow cruise, Mida Creek

Mida Creek, Watamu

Mida Creek, Watamu

Sea view, Watamu

Sea view, Watamu

Mangroves, Mida Creek

Mangroves, Mida Creek

Small village in Watamu

Small village in Watamu

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Arabuko Sokoke Forest, near Watamu

Arabuko Sokoke Forest, near Watamu

 

Bio-Ken Snake Farm

Bio-Ken Snake Farm

Reptile Research and Tourism Centre

Build in Watamu

Build in Watamu

Watamu, Construction

A Rocha Kenya

A Rocha Kenya

Watamu, Research Centre

Local Ocean Trust

Local Ocean Trust

Watamu Turtle Watch programme

Naishi House

Naishi House

House, Watamu

Dhow House

Dhow House

House, Watamu

Al Hamra

Al Hamra

House, Watamu

Medina Palms

Medina Palms

Luxury Ocean Residences, Watamu

Lonno Lodge

Lonno Lodge

Luxury Hotel, Watamu

Blue Bay Cove

Blue Bay Cove

Serviced Apartments, Watamu

Barracuda Inn

Barracuda Inn

Watamu Resort, Kenya

Dar Mida

Dar Mida

House for rent overlooking Mida Creek, Watamu

Papa Remo Resort

Papa Remo Resort

Beach Resort, Watamu

Tembo Village

Resort and Restaurant, Watamu

Crystal Bay Watamu

Crystal Bay Watamu

Beach Resort Watamu

Tamu Pizzeria

Crystal Bay Resort, Watamu

Aqua Ventures

Aqua Ventures

Dive in Kenya, Watamu

Non Solo Gelato

Non Solo Gelato

Ice Cream Parlour, Watamu

Ice cream parlour, cup cake shop, restaurant supply

Bahati Gelateria

Bahati Gelateria

Ice Cream Parlour and Cafe, Watamu

Shwari Watamu

Shwari Watamu

Luxury Holiday Villa Rental in Watamu

Royal Gede Resort

Royal Gede Resort

Hotel and Indian Restaurant near Watamu

Mawimbi Lodge

Mawimbi Lodge

Hotel, Bar, and 'Amici Miei' Italian Restaurant, Watamu

Blue Marmalade

Blue Marmalade

The Watamu Supermarket

Unreel Fishing Kenya

Unreel Fishing Kenya

Deep Sea Fishing, Watamu

Crab Shack

Restaurant, Mida Creek - Watamu

Jabali House

Beach House, Watamu

Watamu Map

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