Mombasa And Diani Are Home To Pearl White Sands And Lush Green Forests. These Islands Provide A Backdrop Of Serenity That Defines Paradise
Mombasa Island is on the Eastern coastline of Kenya bordering the Indian Ocean and a popular beach destination after a Safari in Kenya or a Tanzania Safari Holiday. Mombasa offers a diverse marine life, world-class hotels and splendid beaches on the North and South of the Island and with a rich Arab, Indian and colonial European heritage creates a variety of historical sights and architecture.
The world famous Diani Beach rests between the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and open plains of the Shimba Hills National Reserve. Stretching 25 kilometres along the coastline, golden sands and thriving green forests provide a backdrop of serenity that must be defined as paradise.
Diani Beach caters for a wide range of clients, from honeymoon holidays, privacy and relaxation to sports and adventure, including a selection of opulent night clubs and beach bar restaurants along the coast guaranteed to have you awake for the fabled 6am sunrise.
- The Kanga is a large cotton cloth worn by both men and women across East and Central Africa. The patterns and colours are often bright and elaborate, the most stunning Kangas can be seen being worn at weddings and other festivities. They originated in the 19th century in Zanzibar and Mombasa.
- Diani Beach is home to the islands most exotic hotels and allows tourists to view the sunset going down on the oceanic horizon, known to be a nostalgic experience. It also has great Kite Surfing spots and hidden creeks to discover.
- The Fort Jesus. This should be on every travellers bucket list as it truly is a sight and experience to remember. These historic ruins will leave the onlooker in awe – the ocean facing Portuguese cannons were said to be effective in defending the coastline.
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Passports must be valid for 6 months.
During the months of November to February temperatures are at their highest. December has in recent time become a paradise for party goers as the pristine Diani beach holds a number of unique music festivals to welcome in the new year.
There’s Plenty To Keep You Occupied In The Vicinity: A World-Class Golf Course, A Plethora Of Marine Activities Above And Below The Surface Including Kite Surfing, Scuba Diving And Deep-Sea Fishing.
World Heritage Site
The remains of many early Swahili settlements dot the coastline, the most significant being the 15th century Gedi ruins south of Malindi, while Lamu town has been designated a World Heritage Site due to its significance as a Swahili Centre. The coast also boasts unique and diverse habitats, both in maritime and terrestrial national parks and reserves. Highlights include: Mombasa Old Town, Lamu, Gedi, the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Resave, Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary and the Shimba Hills National Park.
Mombasa North Coast
These are beaches to the immediate north of Mombasa, upto and including the Kilifi beaches. The beaches include Nyali, Bamburi and Shanzu and Kikambala. The North Coast is traditionally busier and offers a greater variety of activities, restaurants and nightlife. The hotels are situated between 14 and 35 km from the airport with a transfer time of approximately 1 hour.
Mombasa South Coast
South Coast is generally a quieter and cleaner stretch of coastline . Beaches include Diani, Tiwi and Gazi, leading upto the Pemba area. The Hotels are between 33 to 46 km from Mombasa with the route taking you over Kilindini harbour by the Likoni ferry. The transfer time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Besides sunbathing and swimming, most of the beach resorts are perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving, game fishing and spotting marine life such as sea turtles and dolphins. Close by there are several well known sea turtle hatching grounds, truly a sight to behold.
Away from the beach, take a day trip to explore Mombasa’s Old Town, a maze of fascinating narrow alleyways dating back to the 12th century. Or visit some of the nearby reserves, including: Shimba Hills National Reserve, one of East Africa’s last remaining coastal rainforests; ; and Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks, which together form Kenya’s largest national park, home to magnificent scenery and numerous wildlife.
Horse riding and excursions to the Kisite Marine National Park can be arranged with pick up from your hotel.
Explore Mombasa Harbour On A Sunset Cruise Aboard A Traditional Wooden Sailing Dhow
Relaxing on a pile of cushions and sipping a refreshing dawa (the classic Swahili cocktail of vodka mixed with brown sugar, honey and lime) whilst sailing the beautiful Mombasa harbour and coastline during the famous ‘sundowner’ sunsets.