Visiting Watamu

If you are looking for a holiday where you can, not only relax but you can help a developing community, then Watamu is for you.

A visit to our Happy House really adds that extra to a holiday, indeed we have many friends who come to Watamu specifically because they want to meet our family for thesmelves or coem to visit the child they they sponsor.

We welcome visitors and have great pleasure showing you our lovely Happy House home and school and introducing you to our large and lively family!

Watamu is located approximately 120 km north of Mombassa and 20 km south of Malindi, on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya.

Watamu meaning "sweet people" in Swahili is a small fishing village and seaside tourist resort, which can boast three of the best idyllic bays on the East African coast. A haven for hundreds of species of fish and coral formations, Watamu Bay, Blue Lagoon and Turtle Bay are protected as part of the Watamu Marine National Park.

Watamu Beach, a marine park protected by KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service) in Watamu. The beaches are amazing and go on for miles. The sea is warm and inviting and the people are some of the friendliest people you could meet. Their smiles are wide and genuine while their pace of life is so relaxed. A visit to Watamu is more than a holiday it’s an adventure. Your visit to Watamu will fill you with many memories and many new friends.

Getting There

Malindi airport is the nearest and most convenient airport just 20 min's from the resort. Although there are more connections to Mombassa, you must add a 1 ½ hour transfer to your journey time from Mombassa to Watamu. Getting flights to Kenya is easy and there are regular connections. If you are looking for a package then we would recommend escape2kenya who can arrange the perfect package for you. If you are more adventurous then getting a flight from Kenya Airways is easy to do and can all be done online including getting an e-ticket, which makes the whole process a lot easier. How Escape2kenya have helped the Children Of Watamu

Accommodation

Turtle Bay Beach Club is an excellent hotel catering for the best in ‘all inclusive’ accommodation. Its location on the white sand of the bay makes it ideal for all ages and families. The hotel has a full programme for those who like to be active. There is always room on the beach to enjoy a cool drink or two. The staff will make your stay a memorable one and their community work has to be admired. They are an eco friendly hotel that involves itself in the local community. They will also be able to organise a trip to the school, a 30 minutes walk down the beach. To visit the hotel please follow this link

Ocean sports resort sits 20 kms South of Malindi, and is one of the oldest hotels on the Kenyan coast, enriched with history and beach front culture

The resort is situated on Watamu beach; which has been voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. With the boats rolling in the water, and the tranquil sounds of the waves breaking on the shore, Ocean Sports has become a truly breath taking get away resort

The hotel has recently undergone a major renovation, which has not only made it more sophisticated and relaxing, but also introduced new levels of service previously unseen in the area.

The new varied menus will excite and invite both new and returning guests to sample the delights of the sea front restaurant.

Not only is there lots to do within the resort, but guests can venture out to explore the many beaches, Mida Creek; do some bird watching; sample the best game fishing; go snorkelling; diving; go on safari; or even take a trip to a snake park.

Big Game Fishing

Jambo!! And welcome to Big Game Fishing in Kenya. Here in Watamu on the coast of East Africa, you will find a beautiful sun-kissed fishing paradise which is blessed with arguably the greatest variety of fish species to be found anywhere in the Indian Ocean. With Big Game Fishing you will live the ultimate fishing experience, and no matter whether you are a first time novice, the most acknowlegeable of anglers, or the hardest to please old salt, you will find your own angling heaven right here among the swaying palms, the golden sands and the deep azure sea!
Recent catches with Vuma have included marlin (black, blue and striped), sailfish, shark (including mako), wahoo, kingfish, dorado, barracuda, trevally, tuna (including bluefin), snapper and bonito.
In Watamu there is an active fishing community
which welcomes anglers from all over the world with a smile and a hearty "hakuna matata" which means that catering for your every requirement is never a problem and nothing is ever too much trouble. Game Fishing is not just a pastime but a way of life. For Instance a number of popular, well organised fishing tournaments are held are held locally throughout the year. These offer super sport and provide both the fun fisher and serious competitive angler with enjoyment and relaxation in afriendly and light hearted atmosphere.

Places to Visit - things to do.

Apart from relaxing, drinking eating and soaking up the warmth of the Indian Ocean there is so much to do in the area.

Of course, a visit to the Happy House is a must. 

Watamu is home to some of the country's finest deep sea fishing boats, and gives you the chance of catching Black, Blue& Striped Marlin. Broadbill Swordfish, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Giant Trevally, Wahoo, Dorado, Hammerhead, Tiger and Mako Shark and Kingfish who frequent these waters.

Watamu is a bird watchers paradise with places to visit including Arabuko-Sokoke Forest which is the largest remnant of a dry coastal forest; to Mida Creek; the Sabaki River Delta and many other areas where you will see many rare and exotic birds.

Places you can visit Hells Kitchen, Mida Creek, Turtle Bay Watch (you will have a good chance to see a turtle being released), Gedi Ruins, Kipepeo Project and of course Tsvo East Game Reserve where you will get to see the amazing wildlife. More details on all of these over the next few months.

Safaris

Watamu is a good base to start your Safari its about a 90 minute drive to Tsavo, Amboseli or you can catch the plane at Malindia and fly to Masai Mara. There are many local options on booking your safari.

Kenya Time Zone
GMT + 3

Official languages
Swahili & English although English is very widely spoken and most people can speak both English and Swahili.

A few words you will hear:
Jambo  "hello"
Pole Pole "slowly slowly"
Hakuna Matata "no problem"
Asante Sana "thank you very much"
Kwaheri ="goodbye"

Money
The local currency is the Kenyan Shilling, which can be purchased at most banks. The larger hotels often offer a currency exchange facility.
If you take along Sterling travellers cheques, these can be changed easily into shillings at most hotels.
The larger towns have an ATM and it is possible to use your card to access further funds if you wish. Nairobi, Mombasa and the Nakumart are some of the locations. Contact your bank for other locations.

Drinking water
It is not advisable to drink the tap water in Kenya. Drink lots of water and don't forget you are very near the equator and the sun is hot. In the height of the midday sun wear a hat or cap, especially when on safari or fishing.

Electricity Plugs
Kenya uses 3 pin plugs (British Style) Electricity operates at 240volt


25 km from Malindi Airport.

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