Watamu Travel Guide

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Beautiful Giriama Residence

Beautiful Giriama Residence

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Watamu is 20 km south of Malindi, famous for its Marine National Reserve. The National Reserve boasts a protected coral reef that makes for some the best snorkeling on the coast.

To get to Watamu, take a Nissan to Malindi, then tell the tout you want to get off at the Watamu junction. From there, wait for Nissan that takes you the few km into Watamu Village.

There’s not much to do in Watamu except to dive or snorkel in the Marine Reserve, or relax. Dhow crews will be glad to take you out to the Reserve for a prearranged price that includes park fees. There’s a nice beach here, but most the space is taken by the big resorts, so access can be a bit difficult.

For a nice cheap place to stay, try Hotel Dante in Watamu Village. Doubles have fans, mosquito nets, and bathrooms for KSh 500. More expensive, but also a good value is Peponi Cottages (#32434), where doubles run KSh 1000. The Ascot Residence Hotel is also a good mid-range hotel, offering doubles for KSh 1200 with breakfast. Many of the top-end resorts do not encourage casual bookings, so you may not feel welcome. Try the Barracuda Inn (#617074) or Hemingways (#32256).

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