All posts tagged: Watamu

Christmas at the Coast

This past Christmas was our second Kenyan Beach Christmas and it was a good one. We drove down, which was fine but we wouldn’t do it again. We did a lot of diving with Aqua Ventures, which was great. We stayed at a lovely house, which we would do again. It was really nice to have the space, not to mention the access to the beach and privacy that the house provided. We had a cook, which made things so much easier. We could get up, have breakfast made for us, go diving, and be back for lunch. Then we relaxed the rest of the day. The featured image for this post is from our private, little, shaded beach lookout point. Our cook, David, got whatever we needed (mostly fresh fish and vegetables). We did a little bit of shopping at Blue Marmalade, a local grocery store that has most of what you’d want. (We drove down with our own alcohol.) We ate in mostly but did go out for a couple meals. Christmas Dinner …

Driving to the Coast

Once again, we spent Christmas in Kenya. I’ll write more about the holiday itself in an upcoming post. This post is about the drive down. J. had gone via car with his family when he lived in Kenya in the 1980s. This was our first time driving together and it was his first time driving the car down himself. We researched it. We got lots of advice. We were prepared for everything. Mombassa Highway is a decent enough road as far as how well it’s paved. The issues about driving it have to do with traffic and idiot drivers. Luckily, we made it without a hitch. Much of that is luck. We didn’t have too many idiot drivers in the way. There weren’t any big accidents. But part of why the drive went well was planning. First, we left early, just as dawn broke. We wanted to beat the traffic. The two places where there are major chokeholds are Athi River and Machakos. Leaving super early really helped because we beat the traffic. Once we …

Diving in Watamu

Our first real dive trip in Kenya was in early January at Watamu, just south of Malindi. It was amazing. The diving was easy, the reefs were healthy, and marine life abundant. While we didn’t see any sharks or whale sharks (though it was whale shark season), each dive had something to see and was really enjoyable. You literally could coast along and be entertained by all the fish. We dove with Aqua Ventures and did ten dives total. We would have done more but afternoon diving wasn’t really an option because of the winds. Still, ten was plenty and I reached my 200th dive! What did we see? We saw a lot of eels, lots of schooling fish (always nice to see given the state of the oceans), puffers and boxfish (my favorites), Napoleon Wrasse, mantis shrimp, nudibranchs, and much more. We did take pictures and video (to come soon). Please note that they are from a simple point and shoot. I think next time we’ll go with DSLRs to get better shots. Unfortunately, with …