Watamu Beach (Mapango )

Particularly popular with high-end Italian travellers, Watamu Beach is one of the best places to sample genuine Italian gelato in Africa.

Stretching from the mouth of Mida Creek to the centre of Watamu town, the beach’s white sand attracts not only those seeking out a tropical paradise but also endangered sea turtles, who routinely nest on the beach.

In fact, the range of marine life that can be discovered in the warm shallows is such that Watamu Beach is considered one of the best destinations in the region for snorkelling, diving and fishing expeditions. Watamu Marine National Park lies a kilometre offshore and is known to be home to more than 600 species of fish and a further 100-plus species of coral.

The sands are kept cool by a steady breeze coming off the Indian Ocean, alongside plenty of tall mature coconut palms. At low tide it’s possible to walk across sandbars that appear out of the water to small islets home to scuttling hermit crabs.

Well set-up for international visitors, Watamu Beach is lined by good quality accommodation and meal options specializing in fish and Italian cuisine.

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