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Introducing Watamu

Watamu is another popular village with sandy beaches and plenty of hotels. Offshore is the southern part of the Malindi Marine Reserve Park, and the Swahili ruins of Gede are a short distance away.

There are no banks here, but you can change money at foreign-exchange bureaus at the big hotels and Tunda Tours (32079; Beach Way Rd), which also has internet connection (per minute KSh5).

Malindi Marine Reserve Park (adult/child US$5/2) lies around 2km offshore. Glass-bottomed boats can be hired from the KWS office (32393), at the end of the coast road, where you also pay the park fees. Boat operators ask from KSh1800 to KSh3500 per person. All the big hotels offer ‘goggling’ (snorkelling) trips to nonguests for around KSh1500.