Watamu Beach is about 15km from Malindi. It is situated within Watamu, which is known for its lavish beach resorts. Watamu Beach is a pristine, unpolluted beach with the main attraction being Watamu Marine National Park which comprises of the coral reef, Jacaranda Beach, Garoda Beach, Turtle Bay, and Blue Lagoon Bay.
Turtle Bay derives its name from one of the beautiful rock outcrops which strikingly resembles a sea turtle. At low tide, you can walk to the rock islands but at high tide, the beach is almost submerged in water. Since Turtle Bay beach is part of Watamu Marine Park, seaweed and other natural plant growths should not be removed.
Mapango Beach, known to residents as Barracuda or Aquarius Beach, lies next to Turtle Bay Beach. This beach in Watamu is popular for its clear, turquoise waters and less populated due to few hotels and resorts. There are many natural rock pools home to small sea creatures that can be spotted at low tide. Try to explore the cliff route to Watamu Beach to spot the rock pools and sea cucumbers, star fish and even moray. There is also plenty of beach bars and restaurants that serve delicious Swahili dishes and excellent palm wine.
Garoda Beach which borders Mida Creek and Baracuda Beach has the least resorts and is popular for beach houses and a relaxing atmosphere. Yoga lessons can be taken at the 6-floor building called Watamu Tree House as well as take sunser pictures of the palm and mangrove trees.
Jacaranda Beach is at the northern tip and is the longest of all the beaches of Watamu.
Turtle Bay and Mapango Beaches are popular for surfers; kitesurfing, windsurfing, and board surfing. There is a watersports shop which offers surfing lessons at a hefty price and also has surfing equipment for hire.
Divers and nature lovers find Watamu an exploring haven. With well conserved sea world, the underwater is colourful and diverse ideal for snorkelers and divers to jump in and discover.
Gastronomers are not left behind at Watamu Beach. The sea food is well prepared in the traditional Swahili way with coconut milk or curry accompanied with rice, potatoes or chapatti; as the guest wishes.
By Road: Watamu is a short 2-hour drive or 120 kms north of Mombasa and less than half an hour from Malindi. At Gede, take a turn towards the Indian Ocean, which is on the main Mombasa-Malindi Road. After 11kms from the main road, you'll be in Watamu town. The park's signboard shows 3km away when you get the junction.
By Air: Malindi airport is your arrival point from where you can get a cab and drive 28km south to Watamu.