Stretching inland from the sea into Arabuko Sokoke Forest is one of Watamu’s true hidden treasures: Mida Creek, a broadwater tidal creek surrounded by extensive mangroves and lined with palms.
This 32km2 creek has wide, healthy beds of seagrass and coral, home to many species of fish and feeding sea turtles, while in the mangroves smaller streams and inlets provide a refuge for crabs and birdlife.
Mida is a stopover point for many migratory birds and an essential protected area for their survival. This makes it one of the most important and beautiful natural attractions on the Kenyan coast.
Mida is best explored by boat, on a cruise through the creek at sunset for a sundowner drink, as the setting sun turns the waters to gold and flocks of roosting birds fill the sky. Flamingoes are often seen feeding in Mida. The creek is also an incredible kayaking destination, with endless small channels and passages through the mangroves to explore where kingfishers hunt in the shallow waters and fish eagles perch in the overhead trees. You can also take a stand up paddle board (SUP) through the creek or even take a guided float through the waters of the creek in a life-vest, carried by the gentle tidal currents.
The central broadwater is also ideal for waterskiing and wakeboarding. Along the shore, a local community project, the Mida Creek Conservation Community, runs a crab farm and local crab shack restaurant serving crab dishes, including its very popular crab samosas, on a boardwalk and deck built over the mangroves with views across the creek. The community have their own Facebook page.