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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Watamu Bay

Kenya

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 3° 21.136' S
Longitude: 40° 1.613' E

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Go to Watamu bay beach and paddle out from Sun palm Beach hotel. The paddle is quite a distance (300m), but the waves that break on the reef are really worth it. Go in the morning, because then most of the time there is no wind and you have clean powerful waves. Does not work often and is very easy to get cought on the inside and end up spending most of your session trying to get back out. It is shallow, heavy and a short. worth a surf if your desparate!!!

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Watamu bay beach and paddle out from Sun palm Beach hotel. The paddle is quite a distance (300m), but the waves that break on the reef are really worth it. Go in the morning, because then most of the time there is no wind and you have clean powerful waves. Does not work often and is very easy to get cought on the inside and end up spending most of your session trying to get back out. It is shallow, heavy and a short. worth a surf if your desparate!!!

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Watamu bay beach and paddle out from Sun palm Beach hotel. The paddle is quite a distance (300m), but the waves that break on the reef are really worth it. Go in the morning, because then most of the time there is no wind and you have clean powerful waves. Does not work often and is very easy to get cought on the inside and end up spending most of your session trying to get back out. It is shallow, heavy and a short. worth a surf if your desparate!!!

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Watamu bay beach and paddle out from Sun palm Beach hotel. The paddle is quite a distance (300m), but the waves that break on the reef are really worth it. Go in the morning, because then most of the time there is no wind and you have clean powerful waves. Does not work often and is very easy to get cought on the inside and end up spending most of your session trying to get back out. It is shallow, heavy and a short. worth a surf if your desparate!!!

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-coral

DirectionRight and left

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionDon't know

Good wind directionDon't know

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rocks

 Additional Information

Be careful when you want to paddle back and the tide is going out. Make sure you have some energy left, because you have to pass through some channel where all the water from the bay flows back to the open sea, and it's not easy to get through. And mind the reef, it's very shallow...

English (Translate this text in English): Be careful when you want to paddle back and the tide is going out. Make sure you have some energy left, because you have to pass through some channel where all the water from the bay flows back to the open sea, and it's not easy to get through. And mind the reef, it's very shallow...

English (Translate this text in English): Be careful when you want to paddle back and the tide is going out. Make sure you have some energy left, because you have to pass through some channel where all the water from the bay flows back to the open sea, and it's not easy to get through. And mind the reef, it's very shallow...

English (Translate this text in English): Be careful when you want to paddle back and the tide is going out. Make sure you have some energy left, because you have to pass through some channel where all the water from the bay flows back to the open sea, and it's not easy to get through. And mind the reef, it's very shallow...

Atmosphere

It's a great spot, simply because there is NOBODY!!! You have the wave for yourself, the water is warm, palm trees are waving... Surfing has not really been discovered in Kenya, but it really has potential. I am not saying it has world class waves (at least not the ones I surfed), but you can really have fun on clean waves!!!!!

English (Translate this text in English): It's a great spot, simply because there is NOBODY!!! You have the wave for yourself, the water is warm, palm trees are waving... Surfing has not really been discovered in Kenya, but it really has potential. I am not saying it has world class waves (at least not the ones I surfed), but you can really have fun on clean waves!!!!!

English (Translate this text in English): It's a great spot, simply because there is NOBODY!!! You have the wave for yourself, the water is warm, palm trees are waving... Surfing has not really been discovered in Kenya, but it really has potential. I am not saying it has world class waves (at least not the ones I surfed), but you can really have fun on clean waves!!!!!

English (Translate this text in English): It's a great spot, simply because there is NOBODY!!! You have the wave for yourself, the water is warm, palm trees are waving... Surfing has not really been discovered in Kenya, but it really has potential. I am not saying it has world class waves (at least not the ones I surfed), but you can really have fun on clean waves!!!!!

General

Secluded small fun wave with a barrel or 2 in a session. Dangerous if your not a good swimmer.

English (Translate this text in English): Secluded small fun wave with a barrel or 2 in a session. Dangerous if your not a good swimmer.

English (Translate this text in English): Secluded small fun wave with a barrel or 2 in a session. Dangerous if your not a good swimmer.

English (Translate this text in English): Secluded small fun wave with a barrel or 2 in a session. Dangerous if your not a good swimmer.

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