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is located in the Watamu
area of the Kenya Coast
Unlike nearby Malindi
, Watamu itself is much more of a village than a town, with a scattering of small shops and a reasonably hassle free environment. The coast is largely lined by sweeping white sand beaches, whilst just to the south lies the scenic Mida Creek with its mysterious mangrove forests. Offshore lies an extensive system of reefs, which provide some of the best diving in the region.
Until relatively recently Watamu was considered to be a place to avoid the crowds, with a collection of small guest-houses and private house rentals providing pleasantly low key accommodation. But in recent years there has been considerable development and the place now has its share of large beach resorts, almost all of which are offering very low rates in an attempt to attract visitors.
Situated in a relatively quiet area just north of the town, Mawe Resort is a small and decent small property with pleasant public areas leading out to a nice swimming pool on the rocks above the ocean. Guest accommodation is in just a handful of pleasant rooms.
Activities include diving, snorkelling, inter-tidal walks, spa treatments and visits to various historic sites in the area.
The main potential downsides are the aforementioned shortcomings of the area and the distinct lack of a sandy beach immediately in front of the lodge, although a broad sandy stretch lies immediately to the south.