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A Guide to Watamu:

Watamu's long white beach

Practical Issues

Watamu Causes:


A view of the beach.Turtle Bay is a stretch of beach about 5 miles (7kms) long, which is quite safe for swimming, walking and sunbathing. It is situated 140kms North of Mombasa on the Kenyan Coast in East Africa.

It is part of the Watamu Marine National Park and is under stringent protection from exploitation. This means that there are no high-rise hotels, alomost no sea-walls and there is a natural barrier between the beach and property developments, the riparian strip.

Long walks, swimming and sunbathing are a few of the activities you could do. You could explore the rock pools at low tide and find lionfish, brightly coloured crabs and see some of our coastal birds such as the whimbrel.

You could, of course, simply laze in the shade and read a novel or two, have a few siestas, dip your toes in the sea, and then after a long hard day like that, come back to your residence for a cup of tea and some home-made cake.

At its southern end is the mouth of Mida Creek, a large mangrove edged saltwater creek ideal for birding (See "Birding" page). At its northern end there are several small and medium sized hotels such as Ocean Sports, Hemingways, Turtle Bay Beach Club and Blue Bay.


Because it is the most quiet, peaceful and safe beach in Kenya. Because there are fewer Beach boys, fewer moneychangers, hawkers, and... less HASSLE!!!




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