Top things to do

Top Choice Serpentarium in Watamu

Bio-Ken Snake Farm & Laboratory

This humble-looking place is one of the world's most renowned snake research centres. Bio-Ken specialises in antivenin research and acts as an emergency service for snakebite victims throughout the region. Passionat…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Watamu

Watamu Turtle Watch

This excellent organisation protects the approximately 50 hawksbill and green turtles that lay their eggs on Watamu Beach. The centre provides much-needed education in the local community about the fragility of sea …
Top Choice Fusion in Watamu

Pilipan Restaurant

Set on a breezy Swahili-style outdoor terrace looking down on mangrove-strewn Prawn Lake, Pilipan turns up Watamu's chic factor, particularly after sunset, when the place is lit with twinkling fairy lights and candl…
Top Choice International in Watamu

Ocean Sports Restaurant

This popular place is spread along a breeze-blown terrace and has some plusher seating inside. Expect sandwiches, burgers, great salads and finer dining such as seared tuna and other seafood creations. It's atmosphe…
Top Choice Gelato in Watamu

Bahati Gelateria Italiana

In a village where gelato joints sit cheek by jowl, the oldest one is still the best, with Anna and Andrea enticing customers with scoops of rich chocolate pistachio and other flavours. Great pastries and coffee, to…
National Park in Watamu

Watamu Marine National Park

The southern part of Malindi Marine National Park, this reserve includes some magnificent coral reefs, abundant fish life and sea turtles. To get here to snorkel and dive, you’ll need a boat, which is easy enough to…
Italian in Watamu

Ascot Residence

A favourite for romantic dinners, Ascot consistently gets good feedback and is famous for its wood-fired pizzas. It occasionally closes during the low season.
Cafe in Watamu

Bistro Watamu

Opening onto a little garden area, this pretty coffee shop has freshly baked cakes, gooey brownies, pastries and quiches, plus decent coffee.
Bar in Watamu

Klub Kalahari

A joint where you can do everything from watching sport, singing (karaoke night is Tuesday), dancing and eating (nyama choma (barbecued meat) and fries). Saturday is DJ night with some exotic dancing.
Bar in Watamu

Radio Maria

Come for ice-cold Tuskers and seafood at this quirky, Virgin Mary–themed bar (the Biblical figure, not the drink). There's usually football on TV and a background of Kenyan pop.