Watamu is located north of Mombasa and South of Malindi and is probably one of the most beautiful places along the Kenya coast. Dar Mida overlooks the serene and peaceful Mida Creek as it flows into the indian ocean. The bird life is abundant and there are lots of activities to enjoy and experience in Watamu.

Watamu has a Marine National Park which can be accessed from the beach while Mida Creek is also a Marine Reserve!
Some of the most magical sunsets are enjoyed overlooking Mida Creek from Dar Mida - moments that will forever be treasured.

Goggling, diving, dolphin & whale watching, fishing, kite surfing are amongst some of the things one can enjoy in watamu.

Watamu Marine National Park: can be accessed from the beach in Watamu and goggling, diving, dolphin and whale watching excursions can be organised. Marine park tickets should be purchased and carried with you when you go out goggling.

Local Ocean Trust: Visit the Marine Centre with 3D murals depicting the different ecosystems of Watamu along with information from Watamu Turtle Watch, near the Watamu Supermarket, and see the great work this organisation does in protecting local marine life including the turtle rehabilitation programme.

Air-charter Sightseeing Flights: Rory McGuiness – Tel: +254 733 829748.

Gede Ruins: Situated on the edge of the Arabuko Sokoke forest, this lost Islamic port city has many well preserved relics of mosques and traditional Swahili houses. Spend a couple of hours investigating the excavations and visiting the museum. Guides are available.

Kipepeo Butterfly Farm: is adjacent to the Gede Ruins. Stroll through the Butterfly House and watch how pupae are prepared for export.

Arabuko Sokoke Forest: Plan a visit to the forest in the early morning or late afternoon, as this is when you will see more bird and animal life. You can either drive through the forest or enjoy the sounds and scents by walking along the prescribed trails. This is home to the rare Sokoke scops owl, Sokoke pipit, Sokoke bushy-tailed mongoose and golden-rumped elephant shrew.

Guided Bird Tours: A’Rocha have excellent birding tours with two viewing platforms in Arabuko Sokoke Forest including the boardwalk at the end of Mida Creek. Tel: 0733-281931 / 042 32012; Email: colin.jackson@arocha.org

Bioken Snake Farm: This is a self-funded research centre specialising in the study of reptiles, especially snakes. Visit the farm or join a snake spotting safari for a day. Open 7 days a week, 10am to 12noon, 2pm to 5pm.

Mida Creek: Sundowner and Barbeque Cruises on a dhow. Bookings TARATIBU JAHAZI as per below. Access to the head of the creek is off the main Mida Creek Road opposite the forest trail. This is the best area for bird watching. Alternatively there is a boardwalk through the mangroves that can be accessed from the Mombasa - Malindi road.

Dhow Trips on MIDA Creek: Booze Cruize / Sundowner / dinner trips.
David Dornborough - +254 713 462999
Turtle Bay Dhow – c/o Turtle Bay Hotel

Taratibu Jahazi: A great day’s outing under sail, dolphin watching, snorkeling and fishing. OR take a wonderful intimate sundowner cruise up Mida Creek. Call Titch Nicholas; Tel: 0734-759930; Email: titchnicholas@gmail.com

Deep Sea Fishing with Rob Hellier on boat “ unreel “ Tel: 254 733858467 Email:unreelfishing@gmail.com

Italian Icecream: Treat yourself to a delicious Italian Icecream at Bahati Gelateria Italiana on Watamu Beach Road. Open from 6 am to 8 pm. Tel: 0724-079856

Golf: There is an 18 hole Golf Course in Malindi and a 9 hole Pitch and Put Course in Watamu. Clubs are available at each club.

Aquatic Pursuits
For those wanting to go deeper into the ocean and explore the many fine dive sites that Kenya has to offer, scuba diving courses are available. Helen & Steve Curtis - owners of AQUA VENTURES Ltd based at Ocean Sports Hotel – Beach Road – Watamu are one of Kenya’s oldest and respected dive centers offering courses to PADI, BSAC, SSI and VDST certification. Refresher courses are also available.
Tel: + 254 42 2332420
Email: aquav@africaonline.co.ke