Two of the best beaches in Kenya, if not the whole of Africa, Watamu and Malindi, are what people hope for when they make a pilgrimage to an iconic tropical location. The natural beauty of the beaches are perfect for lounging in seclusion and since it’s a National Marine Park, diving and snorkeling conditions are optimum. The more adventurous can commune with nature on a trek through the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve to spot some of the rare bird species living here.

Getting There

Getting to Watamu is easy. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is a major hub for international airlines and from there it is an easy 45-minute flight to Malindi airport on coast. North Americans can take flights to Nairobi from major cities like Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver, Seattle, Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg and many others. There are daily flights available with Kenya Airways, Jambojet, AirKenya. Watamu is just 30 minutes from the airport and a taxi from Malindi to Watamu. You can also fly from Nairobi to Mombasa. From Mombasa International Airport you can drive around 90 minutes drive to Watamu, which is a scenic drive along the coast passing through sisal plantations and crossing beautiful Kilifi creek. Once in Watamu getting around is easy. There are taxis available locally at affordable rates, which can be booked via your hotel or from the staff at rental houses or can be called from restaurants. Bikes can be hired locally and are a fantastic way of exploring the surrounding area. You can also explore the local area on foot via the beaches