If you’re considering your next beach holiday with a little bit of exploring, adventure, and a lot of great food, look no further. You should head to Watamu and here are nine reasons why:
1. DEW OF THE SEA
Take a sundowner dhow ride along Mida Creek with Dew of the Sea. Sail the traditional Swahili dhow and enjoy delicious Swahili meals right on the boat. You can also rent the dhow for a day trip to see the dolphins and enjoy brunch on the boat.
2. GEDE RUINS
Gede Ruins is a 12th Century Swahili village that was mysteriously abandoned about 600 years ago. The ruins are beautifully overgrown with indigenous forest trees such as baobabs and tamarind. The site is a relic of the Arab-African settlements found along the East African coast and now a National Museum which you can explore.
3. TRIBE WATERSPORTS
Tribe WaterSports is a kitesurfing school where individuals of varying experience can quickly learn to kitesurf. However, if kitesurfing isn’t quite your speed, they also offer Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), wakeboarding, and waterskiing. This is a great spot to spend the afternoon or a full day enjoying the Indian Ocean.
4. SAILING CASSANDRAVILLE
Sail on a catamaran in Mida Creek with Cassandraville and enjoy a beautiful sunset. Bill and his team will make you feel right at home on the catamaran as you sail and swim with them. You’re welcome to bring your own refreshments and they’ll make a pitstop at Crab Shack at the end of your trip for fresh crab samosas!
Crab Shack is a staple in Watamu. The 200-meter boardwalk through the mangroves opens up to a wooden stilt hut, Crab Shack, with a panoramic view of Mida Creek. The restaurant is run by Dabaso Creek Conservation Group that works on conservation projects within the local community. Of course you should order the crab while you’re here but all their seafood is freshly caught.
6. WATAMU TREEHOUSE
The Watamu Treehouse is a relaxing place to stay especially for a wellness retreat. If you’re not staying here, come for breakfast and yoga. Breakfast is Ksh 2,500 per person and is inclusive of eggs, homemade muesli, yogurt, fresh fruit, bread, and a daily special. Yoga is held at the top of one of their towers and boasts 270 views of the ocean. Make sure to book your yoga session and breakfast in advance (at least 24 hours notice is required for breakfast).
7. AMICI MEI
Amici Mei is a little slice of Italy in Watamu. Come here for fresh pastries, strong espresso, and to sit and watch the town buzz by. Amici is a great place to catch up with friends and enjoy breakfast, brunch, or an afternoon tea.
8. GARODA BEACH
This public beach is the perfect place to spend the day. When the tide permits, you can walk along the pristine white beach and wade into the azure ocean. Here, the waves are less aggressive and you can swim leisurely. Plus, there’s daybed rentals under laisos and plenty of refreshments available.
This floating bar is perfectly situated at the end of a dock to catch the sunset. Mesh hammocks hang off the side of the bar for guests to relax on. The bar is well stocked with your sundowner essentials and has just the right amount of bar food available. The playlist, somehow, is always on point: lofi beats and the occasional tropical house sets the mood. Be sure to book your table (particularly the hammocked ones) in advance as this spot gets busy.
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