Things To Do
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is fun for everyone and great way to see marine life.
Watamu provides the perfect environment to learn and improve your skills, making this a great option for all ages.
Watamu provides the right conditions with constant wind and flat water, it is a great way for the family to be active on the water.
The Watamu Marine Park is amazingly rich with over 500 species of fish inside the lagoon and over 1000 if you include the second and third reefs. Over 200 brightly colored coral species also inhabit the waters giving food and shelter to this underwater world.
Snorkeling within the marine park
Snorkelng in the Marine Park in Watamu is spectacular. Exceptional snorkeling conditions in the park allow all visitors easy access to the spectacular undersea life.
Big Game Fishing
Hemingways is renowned for its big game fishing. Host of the Iltta World Championships, many ESPN, DSTV and SKY televised events and numerous other tournaments annually, it is a focal point of fishing off the east African coast.
Wake Boarding & Water Skiing with Tribe Watersports
Wind or no wind, Mida Creek offers the best conditions for wakeboarding and waterskiing in Kenya.
Sunset Dhow Cruise
A highlight in Watamu, experience the creek atop a traditional swahili dhow as it sails serenely along the length of the creek whilst you sip on an ice cold dawa cocktail.
Cultural & Historical Site Visits
Explore some of the ruins and historical sites found in the area. Gede Ruins, an archaeologist’s delight, was one of the ancient Arab towns that dotted the East African Coast. Surrounded by tall shady trees, a walk through Gede is a must for anyone interested in the Swahili people and Kenya’s history. Or, enjoy a half day tour to Malindi just for general shopping with a chance to visit the Old Town, the famous Jumaa Mosque and historical sites such as the Vasco da Gama Pillar, the Portuguese chapel and the British governors house which now hosts the Mijikenda cultural insight among others.
Canoes and Creek Rides
Get out on the water at sunset in a locally made bamboe canoe with a fisherman guide, your camera and your balance!
Mambrui Sand Dunes
The specks of gold in the sand “the dunes of Mambrui” is a haven for travelers just looking to chill.
Marafa Hell’s Kitchen
A sight to behold and a must visit when in Watamu. Located 25 miles from Malindi, in the quiet town of Marafa, this 'mini grand canyon' is known locally as “Nyari” which translates to “The place broken by itself”. Formed naturally over thousands of years through harsh weather, forming this beautiful sandstone canyon with colorfully layered gorges. A magnificent sight, especially at sunset.
Whale watching (seasonal). Enjoy a Dolphin viewing cruise - Watamu is a haven, a natural sanctuary for families of Dolphins and best seen from November to April when the waters are calmest.
Arabuko Sokoke Forest
The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is east Africa’s largest remaining area (162 square-miles ) of indigenous coastal forest. Well-trained and knowledgeable local guides are on hand to take visitors on educational walks.
Bio-ken Snake Farm
The bio ken snake farm offers a fascinating introduction to these incredible creatures.
Bio ken snake farm harvests and provides for most of the anti-venom in eastern Africa and the incredible, life saving work they do here will teach you to look at snakes in a very different way.
Approximately 40 minutes drive from Watamu lies the Sabaki River Estuary a must see site for birders which hosts large visiting stocks of Madagascar Pranticole.
The Falconry of Kenya
Falconry of Kenya is a beautiful private zoo located in Malindi featuring an extensive collection of birds of prey and other animals.