Village

Watamu

Pristine white-sand beaches meet rich marine biodiversity.

Kenya
Location
30,000
Population
17 m
Altitude

About Watamu

Watamu is a serene coastal town located on Kenya's picturesque Indian Ocean coastline, renowned for its pristine white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs. This destination offers an idyllic setting for relaxation, water sports, and exploration of marine life, including the Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve. Visitors c...

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Seasons

July - March
Best time to go
Optimal conditions for marine activities and beach leisure, with clear skies and warm ocean waters.
April - June
Low Season
Rainy season with fewer tourists and occasional showers, which can affect water clarity but offers serene beach experiences.
July - October
December - March
High Season
Dry weather, perfect for diving, snorkelling, and enjoying the beach. The area is bustling with visitors, and marine life viewing is at its peak.
November - November
Shoulder Season
Mixed weather conditions, with occasional rains but fewer crowds, making it a good time for those seeking tranquillity.

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Watamu is generally considered safe for tourists, with standard safety precautions recommended. Vaccinations for Yellow Fever and anti-malaria prophylaxis are advised due to Kenya's tropical location. Always consult with a travel health professional before your trip for the most current advice.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Accessible by air through Malindi or Mombasa airports followed by a road transfer to Watamu. The area is also well-connected by road from major Kenyan cities, offering a scenic journey along the coast.
Getting Around
Local tuk-tuks, taxis, and motorbike taxis are readily available for short distances. For exploring the broader area, car rentals or tours arranged through accommodation providers or local operators are recommended.
Visas
Kenya's recent visa policy requires most foreign visitors to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) prior to arrival, with an application process that is straightforward and can be completed online. This policy aims to streamline entry into the country, ensuring a smooth travel experience for visitors.
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