Watamu & Malindi
Midway between Lamu and Mombasa, you will find the beautiful beaches of Malindi and Watamu. If you are in search of natural barefoot luxury, this stretch of coastline is a great place to stay. Malindi is one the oldest settlements on the coast, where you can enjoy the Arabian architecture of the town. Or if you prefer a quieter spot, head for the village of Watamu, with its endless white sands.
The old town of Malindi sits behind long a stretch of beautiful beach. Full of charm and atmosphere, it is an exotic place to explore, owing to the interesting mix of Swahili, Arab and Italian settlers. Here you can dine on some of the best pizza in Africa, sample Swahili cakes, or indulge in fresh oysters beside the twinkling ocean.
Heading south of the town will bring you to the small village of Watamu, with its long stretch of pristine white sands. This is a perfect spot for long walks, swimming in the ocean and soaking up the sun.
Marine life abounds in the warm turquoise waters and both Malindi Marine National Park and Watamu Marine National Park are great for snorkeling and diving. Explore the incredible coral reef, huge variety of fish and sea turtle, or take the chance to experience game fishing.
We also suggest exploring the mangrove forests of the Mida Creek by dhow. This is a lovely way to see the flamingo, kingfisher and crab plover that populate the warm shallow water and watch the local fisherman going about their daily business in their dugout canoes.
If a more traditional safari experience is calling you, Tsavo National Park is around a two-hour drive away and offers the chance to see big game, including lion, elephant and buffalo. Or, for those craving some culture, a trip out to the Gedi Ruins which date back to the 13th century, is a chance to explore the Great Mosque, palace and tombs that once stood there. A must for anyone interested in Swahili history and culture.