Latest Kenya - Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice change:
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is currently advising against all but essential travel to Mombasa island, Malindi, Watamu, Moi airport and the surrounding areas. Hayes and Jarvis work closely with the FCO at all times, and as a result of the FCO advice any hotels located within the restricted zones we are unable to sell.
In order to continue to offer hotels in unrestricted zones, we have worked with our local resort office, and you now have the option to fly to a different airport and be transferred to your hotel without going through affected zones. Should you wish to do this our reservations team can provide you with the full information.
Any passengers travelling within the next 42 days to Mombasa, Malindi or Watamu via Moi airport can either cancel free of charge or amend to an alternative destination with no administration fee but at any further, applicable costs. You will be contacted by one of our Operations team to discuss your options regarding your holiday, this is being done in departure date order.
For anyone travelling outside of 42 days:
At this stage your holiday is planned to operate as normal however, you can choose to amend your holiday with no administration fee, but at any further, applicable costs. For any cancellations then bookings conditions will apply at this stage. Should the FCO advice remain as all but essential travel then our operations team will be in contact with you approximately 42 days prior to departure.
There are no restrictions to tourist areas of Nairobi, therefore for any cancellations then booking conditions apply. If you do wish to amend your holiday you can do so with no administration fee but at any further, applicable costs.
Fringed with white sand and scalloped by three spectacular reef-protected lagoons, it is no wonder Watamu is consistently voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world. We love Watamu for its stunning coral gardens which are home to fluorescent fish darting beneath the rippling surface. This `Home of the Sweet People' as it is known in Swahili, is perfect for renting snorkel or scuba diving gear and diving beneath the Indian Ocean to see whale sharks, manta rays, and sea turtles.
Walk through the largest remaining dry coastal forest in eastern and southern Africa. Arabuko-Sokoke Forest has 260 species of birds to encounter, including Sokoke pipit, Sokoko scops owl, and amani sunbird. Head out on the trails with a guide to learn more about the rare animals and plants you see along the way. Other attractions include the whistling duck pools, the kararacha pools, and the viewpoint at the Nyari Cliff, which overlooks the forest, Mida Creek, and the Indian Ocean.
This 12th century abandoned Swahili village is now home to syke's monkeys and golden rumped elephant shrews. The Arab-African ruins were built by the Swahili people and then mysteriously deserted some 600 years ago. It has remained undisturbed since then and now offers a good insight into the history of the area. See excavated mosques, a palace, residential houses, and elaborate pillar tombs.
This tidal inlet is home to a variety of habitats influenced by the tide and comprises mud and sand flats, open shallow waters, and mangrove forests. Sail a dhow (boat) into the open waters or kayak through the mud and sand flats to see snappers, emperors, and barracuda. Walk through the mangrove forests to see sandplovers, wimbrels, and lesser-crested terns flaying amid the trees.
If you are interested in all manner of things that slither, head to the cool realm of reptiles at Bio-Ken Snake Park on your holiday in Watamu. This research centre has the largest collection of reptiles in Kenya (127 to be precise). You can learn about milking snakes and see how anti-venom is produced; the anti-venom made here is distributed to hospitals throughout Kenya.