Turtle Bay Beach – Beach in a conservation area with striking rock islands
Turtle Bay Beach is a wonderful, spacious, sandy bay in the village of Watamu in Kenya. The beach got its name from one of the dark rocks protruding from the sea here which looks amazingly like a turtle. The way to the beach leads from the main road in Watamu, which runs parallel to the coast, through either one of the hotel complexes at the back of Turtle Bay or via one of the narrow paths in between the hotels.
Turtle Bay Beach – A beach with two sides to it
On arrival at Turtle Bay Beach you are presented with one of two totally different scenes, depending on the tides when you arrive and this is particularly obvious at the northern end of the bay where the hotels are situated. At low tide the sea goes out a very long way and you can walk to some of the rock islands, while at high tide the water is so near to the hotel walls that the beach disappears completely in places. At the south-eastern end, where there are hardly any buildings, the beach is wider and is even accessible at high tide. Turtle Bay Beach is very spacious and therefore appears relatively empty all year round, even in the main season in August and December.
Turtle Bay Beach –Dream beach for kitesurfers, divers and nature enthusiasts
Turtle Bay Beach is part of a Marine Park and is therefore a conservation area. As a result, natural growth such as seaweed is not allowed to be removed and this gives the beach a very natural touch, depending on the season. A local organisation, which also rescues and cares for sea turtles, also organises initiatives for cleaning the beach and this is in addition to the efforts of the local hotels to ensure that Turtle Bay Beach is clean. This means that Turtle Bay is always kept tidy and in addition most of the hotels have an environmentally friendly policy. The underwater world also benefits from being part of the conservation area. There are many colourful fish here and the courses and excursions of the local diving schools at the beach are accordingly very popular. Turtle Bay Beach is also a top spot for kitesurfing, as the shallow water here is ideal for beginners, while international professionals rave about the reliably strong winds here.
Activity holidays at Turtle Bay Beach
Turtle Bay Beach has also much more to offer and is an excellent holiday destination if you are looking for an active holiday. As well as kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and mountain bikes for hire, there are competitions and trips for deep sea fishing. Snorkelers, divers and nature lovers are impressed by the nearby coral reef and the opportunity to watch dolphins in the wild. In the evenings, if you want to socialise with other holidaymakers and locals over a couple of drinks, then you should head for the bar of the Ocean Sports Resort which is open to everyone. Friday is the busiest day here and every evening in the main season in December the terrace becomes an open air dance floor with a view of the beach and the sea.