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Beautiful place.

The beach is quite magnificent. If we ever return I would love to stay there. We had lunch at a... read more

Reviewed June 11, 2017
Sue S
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Watamu is one of my favorite beaches. White sand, blue ocean with a fantastic temperature, and a... read more

Reviewed May 23, 2017
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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.
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  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Watamu, Malindi, Kenya
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Reviewed June 11, 2017 via mobile

The beach is quite magnificent. If we ever return I would love to stay there. We had lunch at a tiny hut. The food was good but it was more about the location. There is a lot of pressure from the locals to eat at...More

Thank Sue S
Reviewed May 23, 2017

Watamu is one of my favorite beaches. White sand, blue ocean with a fantastic temperature, and a magnificent view. There are several restaurants and hotels and the food is amazing. I have been there several times and will for sure go back.

1  Thank Trine012
Reviewed April 10, 2017

You want to be away from home, Watamu is the place to visit. Save some days, you wont hurry your visit to Watamu. Take a deep breath, you are going to have a great time!

Thank donkugonza
Reviewed April 8, 2017

Beautiful clean beach, one of the best! Great waters for swimming, snorkeling, dolphin watching and enjoying marine life as a whole. The town folks are very warm and welcoming, and it is very safe.

Thank wanjiru22
Reviewed March 30, 2017

We asked the locals in Malindi to recommend a nice beach to go to and they told us to go to the "private" beach at Turtle Bay Club. Since we had to pay 15€ to get in, we asked for an alternative, and someone recommended...More

Thank Ramblenaut
Reviewed March 29, 2017 via mobile

I reviewed the beaches of Watamu back in November when I was here last. I was pretty scathing as the beaches were covered in plastic pollution. Nothing has changed. It is really depressing to see! Of the three beaches Barracuda Beach is probably worst but...More

2  Thank David V
Reviewed March 12, 2017

Full moon brings a high tide great for swimming, numerous spots to choose from. Many high end villas, lots of beach boys

Thank CM J
Reviewed February 20, 2017

This will always be one of my favourite beaches, for its soft white sands, and hotels that dont encroach too much. Snorkelling in the Marine Park wonderful and the Local Ocean Conservation organisation make it a perfect haven for anyone interested in nature.

Thank BristolButterflyRed
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

Is soo nice looks like a fairy tale not much to offer if you what to go around but for a calm week-end with small kids yes you can try it. Definitely

Thank Gina P
Reviewed December 30, 2016

A beautiful beach....We stayed at Turtle Bay Beach Resort which had direct access. I liked the fact that you were not bothered by local tradesmen, and if approached and refused, that was accepted.

Thank Linda R
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May 23, 2016|
Response from Collin F | Reviewed this property |
Hi! Actually yes! there is lots of small villages and also the beach is long. So you can always find some place there. just be careful about the tide. its changing each 6 hours.