Turtle Bay Excursions
Initial enquiries should be made through relevant employee in guest’s hotel. Hotel staff must inform Turtle Bay Discovery of guest names and number of people and check with Turtle Bay Discovery before confirming that a trip is available. Excursions must be confirmed and paid for at least ONE DAY in advance. Payments should be made directly to Turtle Bay Discovery only; cash or credit card.
Discover the huge variety of marine life in Africa’s first marine park, Watamu National Marine Park. We offer the only guided snorkel trip with Richard Bennett, an Oxford zoologist with 20 years of experience in the park. Richard will give you a briefing before you leave, polish up your snorkelling skills and show you the multicoloured bounty of the Coral Gardens.
Includes; guide, glass-bottom boat, mask and snorkel, marine park fees.
Departure - at low tides. Call Discovery office to confirm. Duration - 2 hours.
Experience Kenya’s own Grand Canyon! After a scenic drive through Malindi, over the Sabaki River Bridge and through rural villages, enjoy the views of this naturally eroded landscape. Descend into the “Kitchen” with a local guide who will point out strange features carved by wind and rain; a map of Africa, a rhino head and a sacred worship site.
Depart Watamu - 8.00 am Return to Watamu - 1pm
N.B. This excursion may not be advisable for those with a strong fear of heights, walking difficulties or medical conditions.
Explore the Old Swahili Town of Mombasa. Visit the 16th Century Fort Jesus, much fought over by the Portuguese and Arabs, followed by town drive to the Mombasa Tusks and old harbour. Visit the famous Bamburi Nature Trail. This amazing habitat has been restored from a cement factory and is now home to giraffes, hippos, waterbuck and other wildlife! Finish off at Bombolulu Workshop for crafts made by the physically handicapped. Optional seafood lunch at the Tamarind Restaurant overlooking Mombasa and Nyali Creek.
Depart - 7.30 am Return - 6.30pm
Mida mangrove walkway and bird hide view point
Experience the mangroves of Mida from a completely new angle – from tree canopy level! An exciting suspended walkway leads you 260 metres through a progression of mangrove species. A qualified Mida Creek Guide will highlight the natural history of the mangroves and the creek. The Bird Hide offers expansive views across the creek and at certain high tides a stunning view of hundreds of wading birds. Your visit to Mida Mangrove Walkway will help both the local community and the conservation of Mida as Ksh 100 from your trip will be donated to the local ASSETS secondary school fund.
Duration 2 hours
N.B. For those interested in birdwatching, please ask Discovery for best tide times.
Gede ruins and Kipepeo
The town of Gede was curiously abandoned hundreds of years ago. The reason for this sudden departure is shrouded in mystery…These extensive ruins and on-site museum provide a fascinating glimpse of life in an African-Arab town hundreds of years ago.
The nearby Kipepeo Butterfly Project gives an insight into the rare wildlife of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and the lives of local butterfly farmers. Experience this exciting community conservation project from the butterfly house exhibition.
Depart - 3pm Return - 5.30pm
A visit to the local town of Malindi packed with activities for everyone. Starting off at the Malindi Falconry, kids may ride the Giant Aldabra Tortoise, and anyone can stroke Verreaux’s Eagle Owl or a bush baby, and maybe even have the chance to fly a bird of prey.
At the Crocodile Farm and Snake Park, Honorary KWS Warden, Mark Easterbrook will show you his crocodiles wrestle for meat and snakes devouring their prey during feeding time.
Finally wander amongst the friendly woodcarvers of Malindi Handicraft Co-operative as they demonstrate their trade. Finished pieces are on sale for souvenirs and gifts.
Depart - 2pm Return - 6.30pm
Take a boat out with the local boat owner’s organisation out beyond the reef to look for dolphins.
Depart - 7.30am Return - 10.30am
Other trips available include African Village Safari (cultural trip), half-day trips to Mombasa, Golf, Bird-watching trips including Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Sabaki River Mouth, Lake Chem Chem and more.