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Our favourite things to do in Watamu

After quite a lot of structure and schedules on safari, the coast will allow you to relax, explore your interests or simply ‘do your own thing’. We have a list of suggested activities, restaurants, and points of interest in Watamu to keep you as busy, or as relaxed as you like. The reception is always super helpful at calling taxis (or the more adventurous Tuk-tuks to help get you around). Breakfast is normally included, but because of the number of nice places to eat and drink in the area, you might like to eat out, or can order extra meals as needed.

Things to do/places to see:

1. Mida Creek Boardwalk: Take a peaceful stroll along the Mida Creek boardwalk, a beautiful mangrove forest area. Observe the diverse birdlife, spot crabs and other marine life.2. Gede Ruins: Visit the nearby Gede Ruins, an ancient Swahili town abandoned in the 17th century. Explore the well-preserved ruins, including mosques, houses, and tombs, and learn about the region's history and culture.

3. Watamu Boat Safari: Embark on a boat safari along the coast, where you can spot dolphins, and enjoy scenic views, as well as snorkelling and lunch on the beach.4. Enjoy a dhow boat cruise up Mida creek5. Watamu Turtle Watch: Join a guided tour with Watamu Turtle Watch to learn about the conservation efforts for sea turtles. You can witness turtle nesting, participate in beach clean-ups, and contribute to their conservation initiatives.

6. Visit Arabuko Sokoke Forest: Embark on a guided nature walk or bird watching tour in the Arabuko Sokoke Forest, one of East Africa's largest coastal forests. Explore the diverse ecosystem, spot endemic bird species, and the unique endangered golden-rumped elephant shrew, as well as the forest elephants (harder to spot)

7. Chip and Put golf course (par 3 maximum)8. Eco-world recycling centre (a community-based organisation which tackles local waste through interesting initiatives)

Places to eat/drink:

1. The Crab Shack: a community based organisation located on the boardwalk - offers delicious seafood dishes including crab, prawns, and fish. The atmosphere is laid-back and perfect for enjoying the ocean views.
2. Ocean Sports Resort: This resort has a restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean. They serve a variety of dishes including fresh seafood, grilled meats, and vegetarian options. It's a great spot to relax and enjoy the beach ambiance (it’s also a bit of a hangout spot for a cold drink).

3. Pilipan Restaurant: This local restaurant offers a mix of international and Swahili cuisine. They have a diverse menu with options such as grilled meats, curries, and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant has a cozy setting with indoor and outdoor seating. 4. Tamu Restaurant: Situated at the Lonno Lodge, Tamu Restaurant offers a mix of Italian and Swahili cuisine. They use locally sourced ingredients to create flavorful dishes. The restaurant overlooks the beach, providing a nice setting.

5. Papa Remo Beach Restaurant: Known for its relaxed beachfront ambiance, Papa Remo offers a variety of dishes including seafood, pizzas, and burgers. It's a popular spot for casual dining and enjoying the coastal vibe.6. Lichthaus (perfect for sundowner drinks and a bite to eat, overlooking Mida Creek)

We really hope you enjoy your time on the Kenyan coast. Please feel free to ask us for more information, or the team at reception who can help with more information and bookings.
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