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Mombasa is the largest city on the Kenyan coast and combines city excitement with beach relaxation. The coastal area features nearly 500 kilometers of tranquil white beaches, golden dunes, warm aqua water, and idyllic secluded islands. The beaches are one of the main attractions, and the coral reefs offer some of the best diving in Kenya. Here is our guide to the main beaches on the beautiful coast.

Diani Beach

About 25 km from Mombasa is one of the best-known beaches and offers everything a visitor could wish for restaurant, shops, a golf course, night spots, the Columbus Trust, an area of indigenous forests that provide a sanctuary for the regions of many Columbus monkeys, and The Kaya Kinodo, which is a cultural center built around the sacred Kaya (grove) of the Digo People. Other activities are available, such as swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking, diving, water sports, dhow trips, nature trails, historic places of interest, and visits to nearby Shimba Hills.

We recommend staying at:
  • Elewana Afrochic
  • Swahili Beach Resort
  • The Sands at Nomad
  • Baobab Beach Resort and Spa

Watamu and Turtle Bay

The 8 km white sandy beach has been voted one of the top ten beaches in the world. Watamu, popularly known as the wonderful Watamu (near Malindi), is a famous coastal resort home to an exotic mix of residents visiting Massai warriors, Italians, Germans, and British settlers. The 8 km white sandy beach has been voted one of the top ten beaches in the world.

We recommend staying at:
  • Hemingways Watamu
  • Turtle Bay 

Malindi

It is one of the oldest settlements on Kenya’s coast, dating back to the 13th Century when explorer Vas Co Da Gama first set foot in East Africa. In 1930, Malindi achieved fame as the preferred fishing and drinking haunt of Ernest Hemingway, who fished for the big game fish off the coast. Apart from having attractive tourist resorts today, many big game fishing competitions are held here and attract anglers from all over the world who come to battle with sea giants such as reef sharks and sailfish.

We recommend staying at:
  • Diamonds Dream of Africa
  • Malindi Dream Garden

Lamu

Lamu is the oldest and best-preserved of the Swahili settlements in East Africa and a center for studying the Swahili culture. It was once a thriving port and was finally blockaded after wars with neighboring island kingdoms. Lamu is a living monument in its part. The old houses are showing the art and architectural skills of the Swahili people in the town. The majority of the people here are Muslims, and Lamu proudly hosts the important Maulid Muslim Festival (a festival in the celebration of the birth of Mohamed), which attracts pilgrims from all over Africa. The famous Kiunga Marine National Reserve is situated in Lamu.

We recommend staying at:
  • The Majlis
  • Kizingo 
  • Manda Bay
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