The name Watamu is Swahili for 'nice or sweet people'. Among the natives of Watamu, the destination is known as the 'lovers’ paradise'. It boasts long white sandy beaches that are unavailable anywhere else on the world. The sands are collected from all over the world by the Indian Ocean and deposited on this quiet lagoon.

Things to do when on visit to Watamu, Kenya
Things to do when on visit to Watamu, Kenya

The name Watamu is Swahili for 'nice or sweet people'. Among the natives of Watamu, the destination is known as the 'lovers’ paradise'. It boasts long white sandy beaches that are unavailable anywhere else in the world. The sands are collected from all over the world by the Indian Ocean and deposited on this quiet lagoon.

Watamu is a very exclusive luxury destination. It is haunted by the moneyed and famous people in Europe who want to escape the daily limelight and enjoy a quiet holiday with a loved one. In Swahili, the destination is said to be 'hakuna matata' or a place of no worries.

The destination was discovered at around 1460 by Portuguese explorers that were headed further North to another tourist magnet called Malindi. Watamu is laden with historical information ranging from the customs of the dhow sailing Omani Arabs to the origins of the Swahili culture that arose as a result of intermarriage between native East Africans with Arabs.

The destination boasts a 12th century archeological site called the Gede Ruins. To the North, about 28 kilometers away - is the town of Malindi which boasts the monument of Vasco Dagama, the great Portuguese Adventurer.

Watamu lies between the Blue Lagoon and Watamu Bay. It boasts a tropical average temperature of 26 degrees centigrade and 74 percent humidity. It is this weather conditions that attract tourists from all over the world. It is quiet enough for private dinners and wild enough for high energy dancing to the African beat or any of the European music genres such as house, trance, or even hip-hop.

Among the activities you can do here include snorkeling, diving, deep sea fishing, nature walk in the nearby Arabuko Sokoke forest, or just lazing around on the sandy beaches as you soak in the rich African sun.

To get to Watamu, you can travel by road from Mombasa, the big coastal City of Kenya, or you can fly in to Malindi Airport from where you can take a cab, or the very common three wheeled motorbikes locally known as 'Tuk Tuk'

Watamu is a good and quiet holiday destination. The local people are very hospitable and welcoming to tourists. You get to sample some of the best Swahili dishes as you enjoy the diverse cultures of Arabs, Swahilis and the native Mijikenda people.


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