Watamu sits strategically north of Mombasa town. Here are some of the interesting things to do in Watamu:
- Dhow tours
- Marafa Hell’s Kitchen Tour
- Crab Shack
- Amici Miei
- Stand up paddle
- Dhow Tours
Let’s get on the deck! One of the most amazing experiences you get to have is a cruise in a pretty traditional dhow whilst interacting with the friendly crew. What’s unique about this experience is that the meals are provided onboard. Imagine enjoying a glass of wine while observing the sunset simultaneously! I wouldn’t want to miss that opportunity myself.
The boats are furnished with unique decors that set you in the mood to have a fantastic evening. These cruises are organized by tour companies and agents at an affordable. The food and drinks served are charged on what you’ll pay the agents upfront before beginning the tour, at pocket-friendly if you ask me. So, pack up, and let’s go!
Fun activities to do on Dhow tours
- Onboard dining
Charges: 4000Ksh per person
The thought of being underwater isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But if you’re up for the challenge, you will encounter a memorable experience. For your own information, snorkeling is just swimming through water using a breathing mechanism, also called a snorkel.
Snorkeling grants you a one-to-one experience with the various sea life in all its splendor and glory. You even get to feed the fish! Several agencies do this activity at an affordable rate. Imagine being able to do this all day long at that price.
Fun activities to do while Snorkeling
- Fish feeding
- scuba diving
Charges: 2000-3000Ksh per person
3. Marafa Hell’s Kitchen Tour
Located just 30 minutes drive from Watamu town is The Marafa Hell’s kitchen. The place is teeming with canyons that form a breath-taking sight. The name is because the place is sweltering during the day and not advisable to visit during the afternoons; you could literally fry an egg in that heat.
Marafa has the most remarkable protruding structures that take you back to the earth’s formation.
The canyons also provide a spectacular sunset view that you could just lay back and watch as the day goes by.
4. Crab Shack
Fancy some more seafood? Describing seafood at this particular restaurant as “fresh” is an understatement! The restaurant offers a fantastic array of dishes and menus, all of which are enjoyed by locals nearby. I mean, how fresher can that be? One of the unique selling points is its amazing view of sunsets. Apart from all these, did you know that restaurant owners themselves breed crabs?
This restaurant is run by the Dabaso conservation group for mangroves and surrounding indigenous species and fishing locals.
The conservation efforts contribute greatly to its uniqueness as one of the most envied destinations in Watamu. In summary, the cost of the experience is as follows:
• Meals-Between 350-3500Ksh for all ages
Amici Miei provides a considerable variety of gelato-based pastries and seafood, including crabs, shrimps, and seafood. Of course, all these meals can be found in all other restaurants. Amici provides an excellent location where you could gorge on your afternoon meals just next to the sandy beaches.
This makes it one of the best tourist destinations in Watamu. The restaurant provides both Italian and African-style meals depending on your taste and, most importantly, your budget. It’s a place you’ll like to visit.
Charges: Between 350 and 10,000 KSh
Stand up paddle
This activity stands out as the most fun way to explore the creek. The sport comes with a paddleboard and a paddle to row your way around the creek. The creek itself forms a protective barrier ensuring your safety from the destructive waves. The peaceful, serene environment provides the ideal place for some alone time. This place is an absolute must-visit for you.
• Prices range from 3500Ksh per head
• Participants at a time: 7
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