Ocean Sports

Ocean Sports: Our full report

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The beachfront Ocean Sports hotel at Watamu, a thirty-minute transfer from Malindi airport, is a well-known and long established game-fishing, diving and beach holiday base.

The hotel shares its entrance road with the much larger and more expensive Hemingways. Ocean Sports built its reputation in the 1960s as a coastal retreat for fun-loving people down from Nairobi, and it has never featured much in package holiday brochures.

The rooms we’ve seen (we haven’t stayed at Ocean Sports but had a very comprehensive tour in 2012) were quite smart and attractive, but simply furnished, with floor-standing fans, mosquito nets, air conditioning and room safes. Rooms 18, 19 and 20, which have the best sea views, have recently been restyled.

The bathrooms are adequately equipped.

Ocean Sports has an on-site dive school and lots of other water sports are available.

A more detailed report on rooms, services and activities will follow shortly.

Our view

With its simple rooms, youthful vibe and beautifully laid out dining and lounge deck above the beach, Ocean Sports is one of the most immediately likeable mid-range hotels on the coast. Sharing some of the character of the Driftwood in Malindi, this is a great spot for sociable beach lovers and ideal for families.


Location: Kenya Coast, Kenya

Ideal length of stay: 5 days-plus

Directions: Ocean Sports is 20km from Maliindi Aiport, a transfer that takes around 30 minutes. From Mombasa Airport, depending on Mombasa traffic, the transfer should take around 2.5 to 3 hours.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: B&B

Food quality: Ocean Sports does excellent, fresh seafood, and snacks all day.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15

Drinks included: Drinks are extra, but reasonably priced.

Further dining info: Room service is available.


Attitude towards children: Children are welcome

Property’s age restrictions: No age restrictions.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: Wifi is available on the deck and lounge areas.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: Askaris patrol the site and there is an entrance gate.


Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Laundry can be done at extra charge, per item.

Money: Foreign exchange is available.

Accepted payment on location: Major currencies and Kenya shillings are accepted.