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“Visiting Watamu Beach”
Review of Watamu Beach

Watamu Beach
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Malindi
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The coastal village of Watamu is known for its wonderful white sand beach. The region is protected as part of the Watamu National Marine Park.
Reviewed 31 October 2011

I visit Watamu all throughout the year and love every time I get the opportunity to chill out here! The beach is really pretty and feeds into Meda Creek which is another fantastic spot. The Marine Park ensures the waters are kept clean and free of annoying JetSki's etcetc
Water sports enthusiasts will really appreciate this place, fishing is great here and inside the windy seasons the Kite Surfing potential here is brilliant. A big 2 thumbs up!

Thank Jamie H
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

Spent 10 days diving with Aqua Ventures at Watamu Beach Resort and had a wonderful time. Diving was just fantastic - a very professional dive operation, personel were all extremely serviceminded, dinner was incredibly delicious. Snorkeling off the beach wasn`t that great, though. I spent a day ( and some night hours) birdwatching in a big forest nearby, very nice, but didn`t find the endemic owl, unfortunately.

I would definitely go back.

Thank Pipsano
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Reviewed 1 October 2010

Hello everybody. This is for anybody reading thats travelling to Watamu and hasn't booked a safari in the uk. BOOK WHILST YOU ARE THERE. IT'S CHEAPER, AND YOUR PUTTING YOUR MONEY WITH LOCAL PEOPLE .... NOT IN THE TOUR OPERATORS POCKETS. We went with KINGI SAFARI'S. It was amazung. Ray was brilliant. Friendly, honest and sincere. Will defo be going back next year with my daughter. SAFE, AMAZING, FUN, MAGICAL. You can find RAY KINGI, ON WATAMU BEACH, TURTLE BAY. Thanks ray kingi for an amazing adventure. Ray does any safari's you want, he has catalouges of the lodges you stay in, which i have to say are amazing. He is a trust worthy person, and now a dear friend.

6  Thank suzanne020
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Reviewed 10 September 2009

Watamu beach is incredibly beautiful but the main beach at the village has suffered as a result of the fire at Watamu Beach Hotel. The hotel is just a burned shell and the beach looks neglected - so go round the corner to Turtle Bay and you will see it in its original beautiful state. After the fire my partner and I tried staying in Malindi - about 30 minutes away max. - but it is not a patch on Watamu. For help in finding your way around or if you are looking for accommodation in Watamu the local "beach boys" (as they are known) are helpful. There is a local self help based association and you will find travellers recommending people they have booked trips with. I recommend Raymond of Kingi Safaris - like many of the others he is a very good guy trying to earn a living, the term "beach boy" is not really appropriate, though you will find him on the beach. He also has a website "Kingisafaris" so you can check him out. I have had trips with him and his colleague Thomas over 3 years now and their customer service is impeccable! After the first trip I wrote a review called "the best looked after I have ever been" - which says it all really. There are one or two rip off merchants around who will say they are Raymond (or whoever you are looking for) so having a look at his website so you know what he looks like!

Turtle Bay beach hotel is worth a look - although a bit expensive it is worth it. The village is not what it used to be since the Beach Hotel burned down - the loss of tourists has been a big blow - but the marine park and other attractions in the area are wonderful. It is not expensive to use a local guide and you will be putting money into the local community.

6  Thank TrishaBirminghamUK
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Reviewed 5 January 2006

We visited Watamu Beach hotel in November 2005, the resort is owned by African Safari Club. The hotel was lovely, the location is ideal and the village of Watamu is safe and friendly. The food at the hotel is not great, repetative but adequate for breakfast and lunch but dinner was not that good. We ate in the village almost every evening, the best resturant being 'The Ascot' although there is a great local cafe on the main road called 'rosters'.The hotel try to discourage you from using the locals to book your tours and safari's. We booked our Safari locally through 'Tunda Tours' in the village and our guide was called Lupo - we had an amazing Safari! The lodges we stayed in were lovely (Voi Safari Lodges) and the food there was first class - beware of the bugs though but that comes with the territory! All in the holiday was brilliant, but be warned about ASC they do seem to take advantage of the local community, they over charge the tourists (a bottle of sun tan lotion in the hotel was 28 Euros) and under pay their staff (average salary was 4 euros per day). If you need to buy anything at all such sun tan lotion or snacks etc then visit Mamma Lucy's store in the village - they sell everything! The hotel does not provide any snacks etc for sale in between the regimental assigned meal times, but you will find street vendors selling freshly made snacks such as samosas (10 each) in the village.

Also, be careful with your luggage weight as ASC include your hand luggage in your 23kg allowance, we ended up paying £45 on our return between us as we were about 10kg over our allowance.

87  Thank r0bynS
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