Beach Vibes

Watamu is a small town located approximately 100 km north of Mombasa on the coast of Kenya thats perfect for a African beach vacation. This beautiful and peaceful village is nestled between pristine beaches and lush tropical forest. The region is characterised by the long history of conquest and occupation along the east coast by the mighty seafaring nations of the time – the Portuguese, the Arabs and the British. Known for its unique, relaxed and laid back way of life, Watamu welcomes visitors seeking to chill out, explore and enjoy all that it has to offer.

Watamu is a paradise that feels like it's galaxies away

Getting there

Located half an hour drive from Malindi airport, Watamu is easily accessible from Nairobi and other East African destinations.


Local flights fly into Malindi several times a day from around 70 USD.  Flying from Nairobi to Mombasa is approx. 50 USD but you will need to take a two-hour taxi journey.


The SGR Train travels from Nairobi to Mombasa twice a day. It’s extremely affordable, relatively eco-friendly and a cool experience. If you are lucky you can even see elephants and zebras in Tsavo! The morning train takes 6 hours.  Local tip: get out one stop before Mombasa at Marikani to avoid the city traffic and reduce time on both the train and in the taxi.
Tickets cost 3000 adult/ 1500 kids in first class and 1000 adults /500 kids in second class.


Watamu’s white sandy beaches are stunning but what will impress you even more is the immense amount of sea life that its blue waters behold. If you really want to experience the magic of the Indian Ocean to the full extent, you should plan a visit to Watamu Marine Park. Watamu Marine Park and Reserve is one of Kenyas  first marine parks. The parks choral reefs form the physical and biological backbone of the area and accommodate over one thousand species of fish. If you’re lucky you can see whale sharks, manta rays, octopus and barracudas.


What makes Watamu so great is it’s beautiful Hotels and villa’s (Kenyan Italians really have style yo!)

Watamu Treehouse

If you are looking for a place filled with light, the sound of the ocean, options to kayak, go paddle boarding, do yoga, and swim in the ocean, Watamu Treehouse is the place for you.

Rafiki Village

Rafiki Village is a beautiful complex of villas that share a swimming pool. If you are visiting with a group and want a beautiful place to rest at affordable rates then this is the spot for you.

Kobe Suite Resort

If you are looking for a stunning place to stay and enjoy the most amazing beach, Kobe Suite Resort offers exceptional value for money.


Looking for something else?

Watamu has an incredible variety in places to stay. Haven’t fallen in love with the selection above? has a wide array of hotels and resorts to choose from.

Natural endowments, great dining scene and relaxed village vibe, make Watamu the perfect foundation for your next vacation.

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