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Watamu Beach

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Address: Watamu, Malindi, Kenya

The coastal village of Watamu is known for its wonderful white sand beach....

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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Great Place!

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!

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Kampala, Uganda
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Kampala, Uganda
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 April 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
Manteca, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 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
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 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 we simply go to the public beach just a few hundred meters down the road.... More 

Thank Ramblenaut
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 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 even Turtle Beach has plastic bottles, bags and other waste. A small percentage does get... More 

1 Thank David V
Vancouver Island, Canada
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111 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 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
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76 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 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
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10 reviews
Reviewed 13 February 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
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 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
Nairobi, Kenya
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39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Wonderful! Lots of improvement on the cleanliness of the beach. Very helpful local guides who are available for some hire - keeps them off drugs and also supports them on the community tourism

Thank Herbert D
Diani Beach, Kenya
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54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Watamu comes across as a rustic sleepy town to me. There is a lot less going on than in places such a Watamu and Diani. That said there are a good celection of fantastic restaurants and places to have a few drinks. The beach is a let down for me. A lot of coral and seaweed though this may be... More 

Thank AcaciaGM

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