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Watamu, Kenya
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Scuba Diving
Fishing
Ancient Ruins
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Watamu, Kenya

 

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Watamu may lack the charm of Lamu, bustle of Mombasa and tourist trappings of Diani and Malindi yet this once fishing village is well worth a visit. Watamu's superb sandy beaches are safe for swimming, strolling and sunbathing. Watamu Marine National Reserve, with its myriad of marine life, is one of the best places in Kenya for snorkeling and diving. Watamu sits a short distance from two top birding destinations - Mida Creek and Arabuko Sokoke Forest - and Gede Ruins, one of the best-preserved Swahili settlements on the Kenyan Coast. While most hotels cater to European package tourists on all-inclusive holidays, there are a few good choices for independent families and budget travelers.
Tourist Attractions in Watamu
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Watamu 80202

Coast Province, Kenya

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Watamu Marine National Reserve, established in 1968 and declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1979, is one of the best places in Kenya for diving and snorkeling. The marine ...
  • Boating & Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Boat Tours
  • Scuba Diving

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Gede

Watamu 80202

Coast Province, Kenya

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We may never know why the Swahili built Gede so far from the ocean nor what caused them to abandon their village yet its quite obvious why one would want to visit this ruin: ...
  • Ancient Ruins
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Coast Province, Kenya

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Mida Creek, part of the Malindi-Watamu Biosphere Reserve, is a mangrove swamp par excellence. This natural labyrinth of tidal mud flats, open shallow waters and mangrove fore ...
  • Birding

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Coast Province, Kenya

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A trip to the Arabuko Sokoke Forest can't compete with a wildlife safari yet it offers a glimpse at Kenya's bird and animal life and a peek at one of East Africa's last tract ...
  • Birding
  • Walking

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Watamu 80202

Coast Province, Kenya

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Watamu boasts the best beaches in Kenya. Not only are these superb stretches of sand ideal for swimming and sunbathing, low tide exposes the small wonders of the sea making t ...
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