Hemingways Watamu

Experience Fly Fishing in Kenya

Hemingways Watamu is one of the most prolific sail fisheries in the world offering the finest offshore in Africa. A great destination for the whole family, Hemingways Watamu  provides outstanding non-fisher friendly accommodations.


Fish in the Jade Waters of Kenya

Hemingways Watamu is an owner managed hotel set on a five mile stretch of sandy beach at Watamu near Malindi in Kenya. It is privately situated in a beautiful cove, and offers some of the finest offshore fishing in Africa. They have an extensive fleet of modern craft between 20 and 33 foot with highly trained and professional crews.

Full fishing days begin at 0630 hours, with boats returning between 4:00p.m. and 4:30.pm. Full English breakfast is available in the dining room from 0530 hours and anglers gather on the terrace overlooking the beach after breakfast ready to take the short dinghy ride to the boat.

The Banks’ consist of a shallow area of water just north of the hotel, which protrudes well out to sea and contains many thousands of small fish sheltering in the relative security of shallow water. The bigger fish swim down the outside drop-off of this expanse and with the aid of depth sounders, we troll along this edge hoping to meet up.

Should the day not be very productive in the big fish stakes, catching these smaller fish can be great fun, especially with children on board. When the Billfish are running the boats generally travel out to the ‘Rips’, an area of water 16 to 22 miles off the coast. The ‘Rips’ are caused by undersea shelving and tidal movement that force up currents and turbulence and definitely produces better results when the Billfish are passing through.

Ocean Views from Each Room

The comfortable rooms have ocean views and are within yards of the beach. All rooms have en-suite facilities, fans and air conditioning.

The hotel also has two pools, a restaurant and a bar. It is one of the few places that have a dress code for the evening meal, men are expected to wear trousers and a tailored shirt. If you are staying over New Years Eve the dress code is strictly formal black tie.

“A perfect 5* luxury hotel with beach front location, with some of the friendliest staff you would ever hope to meet, fine food,great place to completely relax..oh and great fishing! Caught my first sailfish on the fly, thanks!” A.Murphy – UK

A Pristine Location

Our luxury resort offers nine miles of pristine beaches and views of the blue-jade Watamu waters. Anglers and their families can enjoy a variety of activities such as a round of golf at the infamous Vipingo Ridge. Unwind from your day at our al fresco restaurant and savor the freshest local seafood.


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