Beaches in Mombasa

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Mombasa’s string of gorgeous beaches that stretch down to the Tanzanian border are one of the main attractions of the city. With a more laid back atmosphere than many other coastal east African cities, Mombasa is a great place to unwind and enjoy some great sun, sand and surf on its 500 km of white sand beaches. Here are some of the great beaches near Mombasa:

Malinda Beach

This is a popular location for tourists because of its nice beaches and large selection of offshore coral reefs. Additionally, it is a great location for big game fishing at different times throughout the year because of an increase in fish population due to the trade winds and tropical currents. There are many resorts here as well as numerous private guesthouses located along the deserted beaches and throughout the forest. Malinda Marine Park is one of the premiere locations for snorkeling and diving in the country and brings many water sports enthusiasts from around the world into the Mombasa area annually.

Nyali Beach

The first beach directly to the north of Mombasa, this is one of the most easily assessable beaches from Mombasa. Featuring many of the most popular hotels, the beach here has a great lagoon that makes it a prime location for kite surfing. There are many activities available here through the hotels and various vendors.

Diani Beach

Farther south of Mombasa is Diani Beach, a popular spot for international tourists. Here the white sand beaches are exquisite and the water is tranquil. The reefs around this area have created a perfect condition to protect the waters and make a great swimming spot. The beaches are lined with souvenir stalls, beach houses and luxury resorts and can often become quite packed during the high season. If you like a bustling beach holiday, Diani Beach is the place to go.

Tiwi Beach

This is a quiet beach on the southern end that does not have any of the large hotels or resorts that many of the other beaches do, making it a tranquil getaway spot. The reef here is also very close, making it a great spot for swimming. Though there are not panhandlers and people selling wares here, there are few restaurants and activities. Most cottages here are either self-catering or have small restaurants attached to them. If you are seeking a peaceful getaway, Tiwi Beach is for you.

Bamburi Beach

Well known for good restaurants and busy nightclubs, Bamburi Beach, just north of Mombasa, is also a great location for water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving and water skiing. Camel rides on the beach and dhows cruises also are available from here.

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