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Watamu Beach

Watamu, Malindi, Kenya
+254 716 296108
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Sleepy, lovely Watamu

Beautiful clean beach, one of the best! Great waters for swimming, snorkeling, dolphin watching... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
Manteca, California
One of the most beautiful beaches we've ever been to

We asked the locals in Malindi to recommend a nice beach to go to and they told us to go to the... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2017
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The coastal village of Watamu is known for its wonderful white sand beach. The region is protected as part of the Watamu National Marine Park.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“white sand” (11 reviews)
“water sports” (5 reviews)
“low tide” (5 reviews)
Watamu, Malindi, Kenya
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

Beautiful clean beach, one of the best! Great waters for swimming, snorkeling, dolphin watching and enjoying marine life as a whole. The town folks are very warm and welcoming, and it is very safe.

Thank wanjiru22
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We asked the locals in Malindi to recommend a nice beach to go to and they told us to go to the "private" beach at Turtle Bay Club. Since we had to pay 15€ to get in, we asked for an alternative, and someone recommended...More

1  Thank Ramblenaut
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

I reviewed the beaches of Watamu back in November when I was here last. I was pretty scathing as the beaches were covered in plastic pollution. Nothing has changed. It is really depressing to see! Of the three beaches Barracuda Beach is probably worst but...More

3  Thank David V
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Full moon brings a high tide great for swimming, numerous spots to choose from. Many high end villas, lots of beach boys

Thank CM J
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This will always be one of my favourite beaches, for its soft white sands, and hotels that dont encroach too much. Snorkelling in the Marine Park wonderful and the Local Ocean Conservation organisation make it a perfect haven for anyone interested in nature.

Thank BristolButterflyRed
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Is soo nice looks like a fairy tale not much to offer if you what to go around but for a calm week-end with small kids yes you can try it. Definitely

Thank Gina P
Reviewed 31 December 2016

A beautiful beach....We stayed at Turtle Bay Beach Resort which had direct access. I liked the fact that you were not bothered by local tradesmen, and if approached and refused, that was accepted.

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Wonderful! Lots of improvement on the cleanliness of the beach. Very helpful local guides who are available for some hire - keeps them off drugs and also supports them on the community tourism

Thank Herbert D
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Watamu comes across as a rustic sleepy town to me. There is a lot less going on than in places such a Watamu and Diani. That said there are a good celection of fantastic restaurants and places to have a few drinks. The beach is...More

Thank AcaciaGM
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We went for one day to stay in watamu white sandy beach! Was amazing! We walk a lot...water is so blue!!!! We went to the restaurant at the beach of Sun Palm Beach Resort and had a lunch there. There's pizza and so nice food....More

Thank ivanastt
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23 May 2016|
Response from Collin F | Reviewed this property |
Hi! Actually yes! there is lots of small villages and also the beach is long. So you can always find some place there. just be careful about the tide. its changing each 6 hours.