Watamu Town Guide
Watamu Town is a beach resort on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. Watamu lies on a small headland, between the Blue Lagoon and Watamu Bay. Watamu’s main industries are tourism and fishing. The nearest big town is Malindi to which it is connected by frequent matatu.
Watamu Town Climate and Geography
Watamu’s climate is classified as tropical. The winters are rainier than the summers in Watamu. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is As. The average annual temperature is 26.0 °C in Watamu. About 1083 mm of precipitation falls annually.
Watamu lies on a small headland, between the Blue Lagoon and Watamu Bay. Watamu has a population of around 1900 and it is part of the Kilifi County.
Watamu Town History
Watamu is a small town 20 kilometres or so south of Malindi. The name translates into ‘sweet people’. It lies between Watamu Bay to the north and Blue Lagoon to the south. The stunning Turtle Bay extends south from Blue Lagoon where it meets Mida Creek.
Watamu town itself has grown from a small coastal village into a small ramshackle settlement of huts and buildings. The town has an accelarating growth rate due to the popularity of the area as a great holdiday destination with a growing economy and population.
Economic Activities in Watamu Town
Watamu’s main industries are tourism and fishing. it has banks, petrol stations, post office, lodges, nightclubs playing latest western and local music, restaurant serving local and exotic dishes, supermarkets, dry cleaners and lively markets places.
The name “Watamu” means “sweet people” in Swahili. The name came from the fact that Arab slave traders used to distribute sweets to entice the local population before taking them as slaves.
People of Watamu
Watamu is home to the Bajuni people; who trace their descend to the intermarriages between the local Giriama People and the Arab traders. As at now, various tribes from inland Kenya such as the Luo, Kisii, Kikuyu, Kamba, kalenjin, Luhyas have all immigrated to the area to work in the Hotel industry. this movement has led to an increase in the population of the Watamu as earlier stated.
Places To Visit and Things To Do While in Watamu Town
Attractions in Watamu Town
The shoreline in the area features white sand beaches and offshore coral formations arranged in three bays: Watamu Bay, Blue Lagoon and Turtle Bay. They are protected as part of the Malindi Watamu Marine National Park. The Marine Park is considered one of the best snorkelling and diving areas on the coast of East Africa. In order to assist the enforcing authorities namely Kenyan Wildlife Service, in protecting the Park, local community groups, the tourist sector and environmental groups have formed an unique organisation, Watamu Marine Association.
Accommodation and Hotels in Watamu
- Kobe Suit Resort
- Mawimbi Lodge Hotel
- Mawe Resort Watamu Boutique Hotel
- Medina Palm
- Seven Islands Resort
- Jumbo Watamu
- Watamu Tropical Resort
- Ocean Sports Resort
- Temple Point Resort
- Jacaranda Beach
- Barracuda Inn Resort
- Gecko Resort
Night Clubs and Nightlife in Watamu Town
Turtle Bay Beach Club
Villas Watamu Resort
African Sun Resort
Come Back Club Watamu
The Charming Lonno Lodge
Sun Palm Beach Resort
Watamu Palm Beach
Aquarius Club International Resort