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White sandy beaches, crystal clear ocean: Kenya's water sport paradise

April 2, 2014 -- Updated 1206 GMT (2006 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Watamu is a Kenyan fishing village on the Indian Ocean
  • Known for its rich Swahili culture, it is now a water sports destination
  • Visitors can windsurf, kitesurf and paddleboard

Every week, Inside Africa takes its viewers on a journey across Africa, exploring the true diversity and depth of different cultures, countries and regions. This week, Zain Verjee explores Watamu, in Kenya.

(CNN) -- Enchanting crystal clear waters protected by a coral reef, with white sandy beaches that stretch hundreds of kilometers: This is Watamu, an old fishing village on the Indian Ocean, in southeast Kenya.

Located around 100km (62 miles) up the coast from Kenya's second city, Mombasa, Watamu has long been known for its rich Swahili culture and its history. Now it's also known as one of the country's most impressive vacation spots, and an incredible water sports haven.

The trade winds that blow in the afternoons make it ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing, while paddleboarders have the chance to get close to the many species of dolphin that swim in the ocean. CNN's Inside Africa visited Watamu and got a chance to sample its famous water sports first hand. Watch the video above to see what happened.

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