The Best Beaches in Mombasa
Mombasa is well-known for its pristine beaches and its beautiful shade of aquamarine water. The spectacular beaches play a huge role in attracting visitors to Kenya’s second-largest city. Its long stretches of shoreline are mostly dotted with luxury hotels and resorts, beach villas and apartments, restaurants and sun loungers.
Whether you’re looking for exciting beach adventures all through the day or a quick dip in the water, there are several places where you can get in the ocean. Let’s take a look at some of the best beaches in Mombasa:
1. Diani Beach
Certainly the most popular beach in Mombasa and it’s hard not to see why! Renowned as the leading beach destination in Africa, Diani is an ultimate beach escape for many Kenyans as well as tourists. It’s really a paradise with a complete package of white sands, beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife, and friendly locals. You can indulge in a wide range of water activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving.
2. Nyali Beach
Nyali Beach is located in northern Mombasa, in the residential area of Nyali. You will find many luxury hotels along this long stretch of white sands with coral reefs and golden palms. Sports activities such as beach volleyball, jet skiing, windsurfing, kite surfing and scuba diving are also popular here.
3. Tiwi Beach
You will find this tropical paradise on the south coast and it keeps a relatively low profile. Tiwi Beach presents good snorkelling opportunities and the reef lies just a little offshore. It makes for a quiet, peaceful escape because it’s usually less crowded.
4. Bamburi Beach
Bamburi features a pristine beach with a long stretch of white sands backed by palm trees, crystal-clear turquoise water, and an offshore reef. You’ll find a variety of accommodation options such as villas, beachfront resorts and apartments dotting the beach. The major attraction nearby is the Mombasa Marine Park, where you can explore the underwater world. You can also indulge in a wide range of water sports such as water-skiing, sea kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, fishing and snorkelling.
5. Copacabana Beach
The beautiful Indian Ocean views and mind-boggling scenery will make you fall in love with the Copacabana Beach. The beach is located at Mtwapa creek, which is a popular place for party goers and it features several restaurants, clubs and bars. You’ll also find several accommodation options such as beach villas and private residences here.
6. Shanzu Beach
This palm-tree lined beach is dotted with some of the most relaxing beachfront accommodation options in Mombasa. With a long stretch of powdery white sands backed by coconut palm trees and protected by offshore coral reef, Shanzu Beach is one of the coolest beaches in Mombasa. It’s popular with tourists seeking a beach holiday with a range of exciting things to do such as swimming, windsurfing, deep sea fishing and dhow cruises.
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7. Watamu Beach
This stunning escape boasts powdery white sand beaches bordering the crystal clear coral waters of the Watamu Marine Park. Here, you will find a wide range of water sports to enjoy including kayaking, snorkelling, wind-surfing, kite surfing and boat tours. There are several luxury beachfront hotels and resorts where you can stay during your holiday.
8. Kikambala Beach
Kikambala is a beautiful, quiet unspoilt sandy beach surrounded by coconut palm trees, and protected by a long coral reef. It is located north of the city and offers a wide range of activities to enjoy. There are few hotels and resorts situated on the beach. But the area is spacious and you can easily relax and unwind on the dunes.
9. Kuruwitu Beach
The surrounding area of Kuruwitu Beach is mainly dense forests and palm-trees line this sandy beach. It is relatively lesser known compared to its peers above. As such you will find plenty of space here and a very homely, welcoming atmosphere. The coral reef is in good condition and one can explore the colourful plants on the glass boat ride or while diving or snorkelling. Beach hotels and private houses are also available.
10. Vipingo Beach
The Vipingo area has a coastal forest that meets the sandy beaches and old coral cliffs. Locals in the Swahili villages offer accommodation in guesthouses and there are also beach houses for the same. It is less crowded and therefore good for downtime. For history lovers, there are old tombs and mosques to explore. You will also find a major attraction, which overlooks the sisal plantations and the ocean called the Vipingo Ridge. It features a golf course, a variety of accommodation and dining options.
Get your Dose of Vitamin D
Grab your umbrella, sunhat and shades and head down to one of these beautiful beaches to have some fun in the sun,
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