Thought I would take a bit of a break from the Marsabit County series and blog about my favorite coastal destination, Watamu. My last post on Watamu was about the marine park (http://www.safari254.com/watamu-marine-park/).
Watamu is a small town located approximately 105 km north of Mombasa and about 15 km south of Malindi on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. It lies on a small headland, between the Blue Lagoon and Watamu Bay. Its main economic activities are tourism and fishing.
Sunrises are magical and the ones at Watamu are no different. This time I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. Hopefully you’ll see why I love Watamu.
I took this picture last year, it was such a cloudy morning but the sunrise was breathtaking. The sun is hiding some place behind those clouds.
Image courtesy of Hemingways.
It was a windy morning
Image courtesy of Hemingways.
The landscape of Watamu beaches is amazing: characterized by long sugar white sandy beaches and emerald sea.
Just as the sun was beginning to rise…
I was seated all alone outside the room. It was one of the most tranquil moments ever. The only person who passed by was a security guard who was curious as to why I was up so early.
This is probably my favorite picture of the sunrise that morning. It does look surreal, doesn’t it?
After visiting the turtle rescue centre (a post for a another day) I spent most of the day just lazing around
As inviting as the pool looks, all I did was take pictures. Hopefully next time I’ll take a dip.
The next morning I left Timboni (where I had spent the night) for Watamu village. I had borrowed a bike the previous day and the plan was to ride along the beach with my friend so as to view the sunrise. My friend was a bit late, so I left without her. I ended up on the wrong side of the beach but eventually made it to the right side just in time.
How unique each sunrise is…this is the same beach I was on when I took the first picture.
Yes, those are cows. I didn’t expect to see a herd of cows on a beach.
Coral reef Island isolation s which are a few meters from the beaches and you can walk through the ocean to them when tides are low. The beach has extreme low tides at different times during the day.
I had decided to wait for my friend when I saw the children playing on the beach next to some fishing boats.
It was during the low season so some sections of the beach were covered in seaweed and rather messy. During the high season it gets cleaned up and is pristine.
Eventually my friend showed up and the man posing with the dog would not stop following us. We kept giving him one word answers but he would not take the hint. This is not at all uncommon at the coast. If you are a lone female it is guaranteed that a man will approach you and try to chat you up.
We also met these 2 very friendly dogs; they were much better company than the stalker. I think their owner lives close to the beach. I love the bead-work on their collars.
I imagine the dogs lead blissful lives. I know I would if I lived on such a beach.
We stayed on the beach way past the sunrise. It is always so calming just to sit on the sand and listen to the waves breaking on the shore.
Interesting use of driftwood.
My mode of transport.
I highly recommend a bike tour of Watamu. I had borrowed the bike from a friend but there is a shop in the village that rents out bikes.
The Coastal highway runs north of Mombasa all the way to Kenya’s northern frontier. Driving your own car or hired car as far as Malindi is very easy. There are regular buses and matatus along the North coast. Many hotels and resorts in this area have Mombasa shuttles or can arrange vehicle transfers. Private taxis from Mombasa will also take you to the North Coast beaches for an agreed fare. Malindi airport has daily scheduled flights to Mombasa, Nairobi and Lamu. The airport also serves Private Charters. There are scheduled flights to Malindi.
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