Watamu is a small, lovable coastal town with an old-character charm that is hard to miss or deny… 😀
Interesting Facts About Watamu
Located about 15 km South of Malindi, and 100km away from Mombasa, Watamu is said to have a population of a little under 2,000 people.
This pristine, scenic town is well-situated along the shores of the Indian Ocean. Watamu boasts some of Kenya’s finest, white-sandy beaches, surrounded by rich, lush vegetation and forests.
The atmosphere in Watamu is laid-back and relaxed, providing the excellent holiday getaway. If you are looking to getaway, there are a number of hotel options to choose from. You can read about my holiday experience here.
In the recent years, there has been an influx of Italians in the areas of Watamu and Malindi, many who own the major hotels and resorts there. However, the main inhabitants of Watamu are the Bajuni people. The Bajuni stem from intermarriages between the Giriama and Arab traders.
Being in close proximity with Malindi and on the Indian Ocean coastline, Watamu is perfect for adventure, coupled with history lessons.
I am excited to share my list of Top 7 Things to Do when you visit Watamu, in a 3-part series.
Watamu’s Top 7! Part 1: Old Is Gold!
Part 1 of this series is titled: ‘Old Is Gold‘, because the places featured have been around for centuries, and then some!
As Watamu is a small town, you’ll need to head to Malindi, a short drive away, to experience some of the places featured below.
Vasco Da Gama Pillar
When you hear the name Vasco Da Gama, does it transport you back to that History Class in Primary school? Well, rightly so… 😀
The Vasco Da Gama Pillar has been in place since the late 1400’s. It was erected by Vasco Da Gama, on his voyage to India, with a stopover at the Kenyan Coast.
This pillar has stood the test of time, and the ‘beatings’ of the ocean waters…
You will enjoy the great views of the ocean and small boats spread out on the waters.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: MARION MITHAMO
CURATED BY: WANJIKU THUO
TIP: You can choose to pay Kshs. 500.00 for a guided tour. This amount will also cover a guided tour to the Portuguese Chapel, and entry to the Museum.
The Malindi Museum is run and maintained by the National Museums of Kenya. The ancient building is said to have first belonged to the Bohra people. It captures the essence of the Coastal people, and their culture.
If you enjoy history, you will like the pictures with small write-ups about the history of the place, and its people.
This makes for a good visit, particularly if you love museums and history.
This Old town Chapel has also stood the test of time, having been put up in the 1500’s. It is currently maintained by the National Museums of Kenya.
There is a plaque with the Chapel’s history at the gate.
Some reputable people were also buried in the compound’s graveyard, dating back to the 1800’s.
- If you do not have your own means of transport, you can get around to all three places using a Tuk-tuk, or taxi.
- Look Out for Part 2 of the 3-Part Series on Watamu’s Top 7!
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