Mapango Beach
Mapango Beach is on the Kenyan coast, north of Mombasa in the town of Watamu. The small bay stands out because of its beauty, as the turquoise water is a striking contrast to the snow-white sand. Very friendly and welcoming locals run bars and BBQs which provide a special atmosphere at Mapango Beach. Here you can really relax and switch off while enjoying African culture in beautiful surroundings.

Mapango Beach – White sand and African lifestyle

Mapango Beach is next to Turtle Bay Beach in the north and is also known as Aquarius Beach and Barracuda Beach to the locals. The different names of the beach originate from the hotels located in the bay.

Authentic African atmosphere at Mapango Beach

Mapango Beach is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches of Watamu. It is surrounded by gently rising cliffs at the side and the bay itself consists of bright white sand and turquoise blue water and is about one kilometre in length. The sand is very fine, while the water is shallow, clear and gently sloping. There are some rock formations protruding from the sea in the bay and at the rear palm-trees line the beach .

Mapango Beach is without doubt a really beautiful beach, but what makes it special is not its appearance, but the atmosphere here which is dominated by the African enjoyment of life. The locals, who run a few basic but very authentic small beach bars directly at the beach, where they hold barbecues as well as hiring out canoes and snorkelling equipment, welcome visitors with a big smile and genuine hospitality and also make sure that the beach is clean and safe. You can really relax and switch off at Mapango Beach and just enjoy the beauty of the Kenyan coast. The beach is especially popular with Italians, but the locals also enjoy coming here. Those looking for more action can explore the underwater world of the bay, or take a tour to discover the three offshore rock islands.

Cliff track to Watamu Beach

A special highlight is the track along the cliffs to Watamu Beach in the north. The natural pools which form between the rocks are home to many small sea creatures, such as starfish, sea cucumbers, urchins and numerous crabs which you can discover on your way to Watamu Beach. For a small fee you can even ask the local fishermen to show you some morays. Be aware though that you can only walk along this track at low tide as at high tide some areas are impassable.

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Our rating
  • Relaxation
    9/10
  • Family
    6/10
  • Water sport
    1/10
  • Party
    1/10
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Mapango Beach is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 9/10 points
Place 3 of 25
Just switch off - this beach has everything you need to relax and unwind.
Family: 6/10 points
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Here you will find a good environment to be able to spend a nice beach holiday with the familiy.
Water sports: 1/10 points
Place 23 of 25
No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 18 of 25
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

Atmosphere at the beach
8/10
Ease
5/10
Beauty
7/10
Romance
5/10
Exclusivity
2/10
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Mapango Restaurant

Offer: Food, Sun-loungers, Snacks, Music, Drinks

Price level: Upscale

Exclusivity: High

Clientel: High

www.facebook.com/mapango-restaurant-312855892062728/
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Da Mario Beach Grill

Offer: Food, Sun-loungers, Music, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Upscale

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Low

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  • Sea urchins
  • Sharp rocks
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