Mida Creek, one of Watamu's hidden gems, is a tidal inlet stretching inland from the ocean into Arabuko - Sokoke forest in Kenya.
Mida Creek is a broadwater tidal creek, which is 32 Km2, surrounded by extensive mangroves and lined with palms. It has healthy beds of seagrass and corals and is home to many species of fish and turtles. With its tangle of mangroves small streams and inlets, it also provides refuge to crabs and a myriad of birdlife.
Migratory birds utilise Mida Creek as a stopover point, and it is essential to their survival. In fact, Mida Creek is one of the world’s most productive mangrove ecosystems, and together with Arabuko - Sokoke Forest forms a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It comprises of different types of habitats that are influenced by the tides; mud flats, sand flats, open shallow waters and mangrove forests.
The central broadwater area is great for wakeboarding or waterskiing. There is also a community project; the Mida Creek Conservation Community that runs a crab farm and a crab shack restaurant serving delicious crab dishes. This can be found on the boardwalk and deck that has been built over the mangroves with panoramic views across the creek.
Mangrove deforestation however threatens the whole creek ecosystem; the Watamu Marine Association is working to prevent this by organising events and replanting mangrove trees.
Mida Creek is best explored by boat which can be by canoe, exploring the many small inlets and channels through the mangroves, by SUP (stand up paddle board), a guided float wearing a life vest and letting the gentle currents carry you through the water, or a sunset cruise with a drink in your hand watching the water and forest turn gold as the sun sinks down and the birds fill the sky as they go to roost.