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Getting There

The drive from Mombasa to Malindi is relatively hassle-free and takes up to 2 hours, depending on traffic getting out of Mombasa. Daily flights connect Malindi with Nairobi, Mombasa, and Lamu. Both Kenya Airways (tel. 042/20-237, -574, or -192, or 072/378-6314) and AirKenya (tel. 042/30-636 or -411) have offices at Malindi Airport, just 3km (1 3/4 miles) from town on Mombasa Road. Fly540 also flies here; book online at www.fly540.com. For onward travel to Watamu, you can grab a taxi or even a tuk-tuk , or pre-arrange a transfer through your hotel or with ever-reliable Southern Cross Safaris (tel. 041/243-4600 through -4603; www.southerncrosssafaris.com).

Getting Around

You'll probably spend a lot of time simply ambling along empty beaches. In order to get to many of the attractions, or between your hotel and the towns, you should make use of a tuk-tuk. These are fairly ubiquitous, and all you need to do to signal one is look as though you need a lift -- or wave your hand slightly. In Malindi, I make use of only one tuk-tuk driver, a pleasant young man named Charles, who is worth the little effort of calling for (tel. 071/442-1747). He quotes prices that are almost ridiculously fair, so add a good tip. If you want to get a bit of exercise while exploring, consider sightseeing by bicycle. Steve Curtis (tel. 073/389-7661; steve@diveinkenya.com), who owns the Aqua Ventures dive center, is well versed in getting off the beaten track and offers a number of bush bike tours to explore some of the points of interest, including cycling on Malindi beach and exploring the Sokoke Forest and Mida Creek.

Visitor Information

The Watamu Marine Association runs a useful, well-maintained website (www.watamu.biz) with handy links and advice.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.