If you are looking for things to do in Watamu, you are in the right place. Watamu is a small coastal town in Kenya situated in the Northern part of Mombasa. It boasts of its very popular Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve. The park has 3 bays which are the Watamu, Blue Lagoon, and Turtle. There are also sandy beaches and coral gardens which are also very popular.
Enjoy watching the Seabirds, together with hawkbill turtles that curb Mida Creek with its sand flats and mangrove forest. There are also elephants, monkeys, and rare birdlife that are found at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve.
Our list of Things to do in Watamu
Some of the best things that you can do when you visit Watamu are:
Watamu National Marine Park
It is situated about 90 miles North of Mombasa. It was established in 1968 and it is one of Kenya’s first marine parks. It is managed and operated by the Kenya Wildlife Service. This park is famous worldly for its natural beauty. It boasts a rich marine life from the guest Whale Sharks and Manta Rays to three species of Sea Turtles. The Watamu National Marine Park also consists of 229km2 of pristine white-sand beaches, reef-protected lagoons, and a huge open sea.
This park is also part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats along Kenya’s north coast with rich and diverse bird life, fish, turtles, and dugongs.
Mida Creek is one of Watamu’s true hidden treasures. It stretches inland from the sea into Arabuko Sokoke Forest. It is a Broadwater tidal creek encircled by immense mangroves and encrusted with palms. The 32km2 creek has extensive, healthy beds of seagrass and coral. There are also many species of fish and feeding sea turtles. In the mangroves, small streams and inlets offer a haven for crabs and birdlife.
Mida is also a lodge for many wondering birds and an important guarded area for their survival. All these features make Mida Creek a very famous and essential natural beauty of the Kenyan coast.
If you want to explore Mida, using a boat is the best mode of cruising through the creek at sunset for a sundowner drink, as the setting sun changes the waters to gold and flocks of roosting birds fill the sky. You can also watch flamingoes feeding in Mida. The creek is also a wonderful kayaking harbor as well as unfinished small channels and passages along the mangrove to see where kingfishers trail in the shallow waters and fish eagles perch in the overhead trees.
The central load water of the creek is also good for waterskiing and wakeboarding. Explore more about crab farming that is run by a local community known as Mida Creek Conservation Community. There is a crab shack restaurant that serves crab cuisine as well as crab samosa.
East African Reptile Park
East African Reptile Park is a snake bite research and education center specializing in saving lives and limbs. It is situated less than 5 minutes’ drive from the hotels in Watamu-Kenya. It is home to the biggest species of Snakes in East Africa and is open to members of the public.
In this park, there are around 127 various collections of snakes in Kenya. Of the 127 only 18 have caused harm to humans and only six are very poisonous and could kill a human being. 10 of the species could cause a lot of pain to humans and the remainder of 93 or so are non-venomous nor dangerous. Take part in the live milking at 11 am every day. The park operates from 10 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 4 pm every day.
Local Ocean Conservation
Local Ocean Conservation is a privately owned that is nonprofit making organization. Its work is the protection of Kenya’s marine environment. The organization uses practical conservation, community participation and development, education, research, and campaigning to foster the continuous use of Kenya’s marine resources.
The Watamu Turtle acts as their flagship activity. The Turtle Watch was established in 1997 by the natives to safeguard the nesting sea turtles. It involves the Nest Monitoring and Protection program, By Catch Net Release Programme, and a specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles. The coming together of these programs helps in making a real difference in enabling the future of threatened sea turtles.
Safari In Kenya Con Samba
Safari con Samba is a lifetime experience. You not only became good friends, but Samba will make sure that your days on safari are the best experience they could be ever.
A well-organized tour, Samba will always help you to organize your trip and give you tips and advice before you even got to Kenya in Watamu. And after you meet to begin the safari, the adventure will begin.
Safari in Kenya con Samba is always fantastic. Samba is very friendly, he makes the trip very comfortable and is accompanied by Freddy, the guide who is always more than knowledgeable! You will learn so much, laugh often and you will forever be grateful to both Samba and Freddy for an unforgettable time.
It is advisable to do a lot of research in the area for other tour companies and you will find out that sambas offer a very good price for by far the best package you could get.
An absolute must if you’re looking for a tour company to go with and an unforgettable, personal experience!
Samba will always manage to arrange for you quickly and conveniently a whale watching trip in Watamu. Even if you visit the coast with a strict timeframe and inform him at very short notice. SAMBA WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN! Watching humpback whales is an amazing lifetime experience! If you are lucky, you can see a group of 3, two adult whales and a baby whale.
Eddison Safari Kenya
Is situated in Watamu. It is a beautiful vacation, thanks to Eddison for the very well-organized excursions, all with attention to the smallest details. Eddison will make you enjoy and discover so much.