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... is the portion of the central Kenyan Coast which is centred on a small town of the same name.

Until relatively recently Watamu was considered to be a place to avoid the crowds, with a host of guest-house 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 aimed at the packaged holiday market.

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 main attractions though are the reefs, which do provide some of the best diving in Kenya.

We tend to recommend Watamu most commonly to guests who are looking for a conventional beach holiday location with access to decent diving.

Lonno Lodge ... is a relatively upmarket small facility, sensitively and elegantly constructed, with access to a good range of activities.

ManFridays ... is much more remotely located on the south side of Mida Creek and comprises four independently functioning villas.

Ocean Sports Hotel ... is a large resort hotel which has been well known in the past for hosting the 'Kenya cowboys' safari crowd from up-country.

Hemingways ... is a large beach resort in the middle of the action, one of the first to be established in the area, but now rather old-fashioned.

Our guests generally tend to be looking for a rather more idyllic beach paradise, such as those found in the Msambweni and Kinondo areas to the south, Lamu Island, Manda Island, Kiwayu Island and Tana Delta to the north, or further afield on the Tanzania Coast or the Seychelles.
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