When it comes to Watamu I can never say enough, it is my perfect destination wherever and whenever I need a break from my hectic life.  Watamu is a small town located on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, known for its wonderful white sand beach. One of the reasons I love Watamu is the tranquility and laid back culture which does wonders for a weary soul.

Here are some of the pictures and reasons I love Watamu, you can also read a previous post on Watamu here.

I love Watamu for for its long (mostly) deserted sugar white sandy beaches

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My partner in crime aka my brother


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The extreme low tides, waters recant up to a mile at different times of the day. You can walk to the coral reef Islands which are a few meters from the beach.





The warm shallow waters and tranquil seas …







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I also get to stay in cool resorts …







One of my favorite moments are the mornings and evenings where I get to enjoy the magical sunrise and sunsets.

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I also get to do my jumpshots …

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I visit Watamu at least once every year and love every time I get the opportunity to chill out there!

This week I have linked up with;

1. Chasing the Donkey’s #SundayTraveler

2. Nancie’s Budget Travelers Sandbox Travel Photo Thursday.

Be sure to head there and check them out.

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Amboseli National Park


  1. February 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm — Reply

    Aaahhh…paradise! Take me there now! Your photos are gorgeous as always.

    • February 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm — Reply

      I love that boat with the pirate flag! And the sunsets are spectacular. I can see why you keep going back.

  2. Hakquim
    February 17, 2014 at 8:59 pm — Reply

    I love Watamu too, it is not crowded unlike the beaches in Mombasa,so you can enjoy some privacy. Simply one of the best beaches along the Kenyan coast.

  3. February 17, 2014 at 9:06 pm — Reply

    What a gorgeous paradise – and I love those jump shots!

  4. February 18, 2014 at 4:04 am — Reply

    Until I get my travel groove on in a few years you won’t see many travel posts from me. But, the biggest group I follow are travel bloggers and I love them and their posts for many reasons. Taking me on whimsical journeys to another place. Making a note if I may want to visit there. I’m a Bing Maps freak and I enjoy looking up all of the places everyone goes to on satellite. I like looking at the menus of restaurants and hotels sites too. True story…like tonight…when I’m at work I often leave your posts up and use your pics as “wallpaper”. Thank you for that! I keep meaning to ask you. What camera and lens do you two use, Rachel? This was amazing and so was the link to the other post as well! 🙂

    • February 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm — Reply

      Thanks a lot Mike, such encouraging words! I currently use a point and shoot Sony DSC TX55 or in the case of this post, I used my brother’s Olympus TG-830. Some photos like the ones of Lake Nakuru wildlife, I was given by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

      Hope you get your travel groove soon 🙂

  5. February 18, 2014 at 11:25 am — Reply

    Yeah, I’ve always wondered what camera you use… as asked above.

  6. February 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    Am spoiled, because I live 20 min. from the beach:) But your captures are beautiful!

  7. February 19, 2014 at 6:36 pm — Reply

    Looks like a magical spot and the sunsets are breathtaking.

  8. February 20, 2014 at 12:26 am — Reply

    These are gorgeous photos! I can see why you love Watamu so much. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler 🙂

  9. February 20, 2014 at 1:15 am — Reply

    I love all of these shots. Especially the sunsets. Beautiful photography and star jumps 🙂

  10. February 20, 2014 at 5:26 am — Reply

    It’s obvious why you like Watamu, Rachel. It’s absolutely beautiful and looks pretty empty.

    I love your sunrise and sunset photos but really, all your photos are fabulous. I see Watamu isn’t that far from Mombassa so I’m definitely going to put it on my list for when I make it to Kenya, hopefully soon.

    Thanks for the intro to a new place!

  11. February 20, 2014 at 6:39 am — Reply

    Look at this place, everyone would FALL IN LOVE with it at FIRST SIGHT!

  12. February 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm — Reply

    What a gorgeous photos! I can completely understand why you love Watamu so much. I’ll go there myself anytime :). Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler.

  13. February 21, 2014 at 10:48 am — Reply

    Wow..what a gorgeous place. I don’t think I’d want to leave if I ever make it to Watamu. I don’t see many travel posts of the Indian Ocean so this was such a welcome read. Beautiful photos and always adore your jump shots 🙂

  14. February 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm — Reply

    You just gave me one awesome reason (the only one I need) to visit Kenya. Amazing photos and what a gorgeous beach! I’d be there everyday if I could.

  15. February 22, 2014 at 11:46 am — Reply

    No wonder you like Watamu. It’s gorgeous! That water is so calm and blue,and the sand looks soft. I want to go there right now, and I’m saying this as a person who has a beach right outside her own door.

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  17. February 23, 2014 at 11:12 pm — Reply

    Wow wow wow, pictures are absolutely fantastic, and this place is a paradise for sure.

  18. February 25, 2014 at 7:36 pm — Reply

    I can hear the beach calling my name…looks like paradise found. Great pictures.

    • July 10, 2019 at 12:05 pm — Reply

      i am also hearing the same

  19. March 4, 2014 at 9:42 pm — Reply

    I’m so jealous right now looking at these gorgeous photos, I so wish I was on a paradise beach like that right now.

  20. March 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    Well, it’s very easy to see why you love Watamu… everything looks gorgeous in there!!

  21. May 22, 2019 at 9:57 am — Reply

    i had my december holiday at watamu and it was perfect the water was clean, pwith white sand not mentioning the dolphin experience and marine park. Going again in august.

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