Turtle Bay Beach
Turtle Bay Beach is characterised by the beauty of a long area of fine sand which goes on for kilometres and is part of a conservation area, by impressively clear water, by a wonderful underwater world and by excellent conditions for kitesurfing, which you can only find at a few places in the world. A holiday at Turtle Bay Beach is also unforgettable because of the friendly, welcoming atmosphere among holidaymakers and locals and the numerous activities on offer, especially for sports-enthusiasts.

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.

Everything you need to know

Yours Beach Inspector Christian Beach Inspector Nancy

Our rating
  • Relaxation
    9/10
  • Family
    7/10
  • Water sport
    10/10
  • Party
    2/10
How did you like the beach?
Turtle Bay 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 1 of 25
Just switch off - this beach has everything you need to relax and unwind.
Family: 7/10 points
Place 5 of 25
The beach offers family-friendly facilites and is popular with young and old.
Water sports: 10/10 points
Place 1 of 25
A mixture of perfect wind and wave conditions - this is the ultimate beach for water-sports fans.
Party: 2/10 points
Place 4 of 25
Not much happening at this beach and you won't find any party locations here either.

Atmosphere at the beach
6/10
Ease
7/10
Beauty
9/10
Romance
7/10
Exclusivity
3/10
Flirt
Age and nations
We from Beach-Inspector were actually at the beach for you and have spoken personally with the locals to get the complete picture.
Age groups
< 14 Years
People icon blue People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray
14-21 Years
People icon blue People icon blue People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray
22-35 Years
People icon blue People icon blue People icon blue People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray
36-50 Years
People icon blue People icon blue People icon blue People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray
> 50 Years
People icon blue People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray
Nationalities
Germans
People icon blue People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray
French
People icon blue People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray
Brits
People icon blue People icon blue People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray
Italians
People icon blue People icon blue People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray
lifestyle.visitors.countries.KEN
People icon blue People icon blue People icon blue People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray
Locals
People icon blue People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray People icon gray
Beach facts
Cleanliness

Beach

Water

Interests

Nudism

LGBT

Dogs

Wheelchair

Infrastructure

Toilets

Showers

Gastronomy

Sun-loungers

Parking

Lifeguards

Beach usage
Beach usage
Water sports
Also available:
Stand-up paddling, Boat, Canoe
Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
Ocean Sports Resort Restaurant Map icon
Ocean Sports Resort Restaurant

Offer: Food, Drinks, Music, Snacks, Dancing

Price level: Upscale

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Low

Tribe Watersports Map icon
Tribe Watersports
Offer:
Stand-up paddling, Kite-Surfing

www.tribe-watersports.com
Aqua Ventures Diving Map icon
Aqua Ventures Diving
Offer:
Diving, Canoe

www.diveinkenya.com
Water sports at the beach
Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
  • Ocean Sports Resort Restaurant
    Ocean Sports Resort Restaurant To map Map icon

    Offer: Food, Drinks, Music, Snacks, Dancing

    Price level: Upscale

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Low

Arrow left icon
Arrow right icon
Direction to beach
Risks
  • Sea urchins
More beaches and villages close to the beach