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Lily Palm Resort
Lily Palm Resort
6.0 Good

0.3 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

GoodBased on 226 reviews
6.0

Lily Palm Resort provides a comfortable setting while in Watamu. It also features free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and laundry facilities.

Marine Holiday House
Marine Holiday House
9.3 Excellent

4.3 km from city centre, Malindi Show on map

ExcellentBased on 201 reviews
9.3

Marine Holiday Malindi is located in Malindi and offers free Wi-Fi. It also provides an outdoor pool, a sun deck and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Garoda Resort
Garoda Resort

5.6 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

Located in Watamu, Garoda Resort is within a 25-minute drive of Malindi Airport and provides an outdoor pool and a private beach. It offers free wireless internet in public areas, a 24-hour reception and massages.

Blue Bay Cove
Blue Bay Cove
8.4 Excellent

0.5 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

ExcellentBased on 15 reviews
8.4

Located in Watamu, Blue Bay Cove is within a 20-minute drive of Malindi Airport and offers an outdoor pool and a private beach. Some of the facilities on offer at this 5-star property include free on-site parking and wireless internet.

Sun Palm Beach Resort
Sun Palm Beach Resort

0.8 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

Featuring a private beach and an outdoor pool, this 4.5-star resort is situated in Watamu. Guests can also enjoy complimentary internet access in all areas.

Turtle Bay Beach Club
Turtle Bay Beach Club
8.2 Excellent

1.8 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

ExcellentBased on 132 reviews
8.2

Situated in Watamu, Turtle Bay Beach Club provides 3-star accommodation, as well as outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool and a private beach. It also offers a Jacuzzi, free bicycle rental and an all-inclusive meal plan.

Alawi Boutique Hotel
Alawi Boutique Hotel
9.2 Excellent

2.2 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

ExcellentBased on 78 reviews
9.2

Alawi Boutique Hotel provides a comfortable setting while in Watamu. It also offers a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and luggage storage.

Watamu Sunflower House
Watamu Sunflower House
8.9 Excellent

1.9 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

ExcellentBased on 5 reviews
8.9

Located in Watamu, Watamu Sunflower House is within a 20-minute drive of Malindi Airport and offers a swimming pool. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of free Wi-Fi access throughout their stay.

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Cheapest month:August
Most expensive month:July
Average price in Watamu:$181/night
Absolute cheapest price found:$12/night
Cheapest day:Monday
Most expensive day:Tuesday
$142 - $293
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.
$93 - $206
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Lily Palm Resort
Lily Palm Resort
6.0 Good

0.3 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

Lily Palm Resort provides a comfortable setting while in Watamu. It also features free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and laundry facilities.

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Marine Holiday House
Marine Holiday House
9.3 Excellent

4.3 km from city centre, Malindi Show on map

Marine Holiday Malindi is located in Malindi and offers free Wi-Fi. It also provides an outdoor pool, a sun deck and an express check-in and check-out feature.

$63
Avg. per night
Watamu Sunflower House
Watamu Sunflower House
8.9 Excellent

1.9 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

Located in Watamu, Watamu Sunflower House is within a 20-minute drive of Malindi Airport and offers a swimming pool. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of free Wi-Fi access throughout their stay.

$81
Avg. per night
Garoda Resort
Garoda Resort

5.6 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

Located in Watamu, Garoda Resort is within a 25-minute drive of Malindi Airport and provides an outdoor pool and a private beach. It offers free wireless internet in public areas, a 24-hour reception and massages.

$96
Avg. per night
Turtle Bay Beach Club
Turtle Bay Beach Club
8.2 Excellent

1.8 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

Situated in Watamu, Turtle Bay Beach Club provides 3-star accommodation, as well as outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool and a private beach. It also offers a Jacuzzi, free bicycle rental and an all-inclusive meal plan.

$109
Avg. per night
Sun Palm Beach Resort
Sun Palm Beach Resort

0.8 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

Featuring a private beach and an outdoor pool, this 4.5-star resort is situated in Watamu. Guests can also enjoy complimentary internet access in all areas.

$112
Avg. per night
Lily Palm Resort
Lily Palm Resort
6.0 Good

0.3 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

Lily Palm Resort provides a comfortable setting while in Watamu. It also features free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and laundry facilities.

$128
Avg. per night
Alawi Boutique Hotel
Alawi Boutique Hotel
9.2 Excellent

2.2 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

Alawi Boutique Hotel provides a comfortable setting while in Watamu. It also offers a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and luggage storage.

$153
Avg. per night
Blue Bay Cove
Blue Bay Cove
8.4 Excellent

0.5 km from city centre, Watamu Show on map

Located in Watamu, Blue Bay Cove is within a 20-minute drive of Malindi Airport and offers an outdoor pool and a private beach. Some of the facilities on offer at this 5-star property include free on-site parking and wireless internet.

$296
Avg. per night

Hotel prices in Watamu

3 stars

$63 - $153

Turtle Bay Beach Club

No. 1 most popular

$109
Avg. per night
Watamu Sunflower House

No. 2 most popular

$81
Avg. per night
Marine Holiday House

Best value

$63
Avg. per night
4 stars and up

$96 - $128

Lily Palm Resort

No. 1 most popular

$128
Avg. per night
Sun Palm Beach Resort
$112
Avg. per night

Best prices found by HotelsCombined users in the past 24 hours.

Where to stay in Watamu

About Watamu

Fringed by white sandy beaches and lush, tropical forest, Watamu is a peaceful town on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. Originally settled as a Swahili outpost, this undeveloped area now lures in travellers looking for a laid-back getaway. It’s a popular destination for snorkelling and diving within the Watamu Marine National Park and is on the doorstep of the wildlife-rich Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve.

Things to do

Discover the underwater wonders of Watamu Marine National Park, which was established in 1968 and designated as a biosphere reserve a decade later. You can come face-to-face with around 600 different species of colourful fish in the offshore reefs, which are also home to more than 100 species of stony coral. Green and hawksbill sea turtles inhabit the sand flats of Mida Creek, as do a wide variety of birds.

Want to see elephants in the wild? Head to the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve, which is home to several endemic species that include Clarke’s weaver and the golden-rumped elephant shrew. Savannah elephants, African civets and Sokoke bushy-tailed mongooses also find refuge in the forest, together with baboons and vervet monkeys.

Just north of Watamu’s town centre lie the ruins of Gedi, one of several medieval Swahili-Arab settlements found along Africa’s Indian Ocean coastline. Wander between the stone-built mosques and houses that are enclosed by an encircling wall while hearing about the settlement’s prosperity between the 11th and early 17th centuries.

Getting around

Watamu is around 30 minutes’ drive from Malindi Airport, which has regular flights to Nairobi. Mombasa International Airport is a 1.5-hour drives away. Taxis are readily available for getting around the town or it’s compact enough to explore on foot and by rental bicycle.

Watamu travel FAQs

  • What are the best hotels in Watamu?

    Turtle Bay Beach Club, rated with a score of 8.2 from 132 reviewers, is one of the most popular hotels in Watamu. Other top stays include Temple Point Resort, with an average rating of 7.8 from 111 reviewers, and Mida Creek Eco Camp, with a score of 8.6 from 64 reviewers.

  • What is a good hotel near Watamu Beach?

    With a rating of 8.7/10 from 30 reviews, Simba House Watamu is a hotel close to Watamu Beach that is highly recommended by HotelsCombined users.