The economy of Watamu is mainly based on fishing and tourism, and you will instantly know why when you step on this beautiful coast of the Indian Ocean, with crystal blue waters and white sand. Garoda Beach, Blue Lagoon Bay, Watamu Bay, Ocean breeze and Kanani reef are all forming part of the Watamu National Marine Reserve – one of the best snorkeling and diving destinations in East Africa. You can enjoy floating in the deep blue sea, surrounded by colorful schools of fish, majestic manta rays, large barracudas, playful dolphins and calm sea turtles. There are approximately 300 species of fish in the ocean waters of Watamu National Marine Reserve, 110 species of corals and molluscs – all located just within a short boat trip from the shore.
If you are more into terrestrial life rather than marine wonders, you might be interested to know that the largest species of spitting cobra has been discovered in Watamu… Not that you you should be worried to meet them at your resort – the cobras are elusive and highly antisocial creatures.
Initially, the town received its name (watamu means ‘sweet people’ in the local language), according to the legend, because the Arab slave traders used sweets to make local people trust them. The coastal village has now grown into a fully-functioning resort with modern facilities and local taste. You will not get endless drinking parties until sunrise, but can enjoy your quite time under the sun or in the shade of palm trees. Watamu is known to be the safest and most chilled beach in the whole of Kenya.