North Coast Beaches, Mombasa
The coastline north of Mombasa is a world of natural beauty. The palm lined beaches and waters of the Indian Ocean offer an ideal escape.Coral, myriad fish, sea turtles and dolphins bring the offshore reefs to life. World class diving is available with spectacular coral gardens and drop offs, as well as Kenya's best wreck diving on the MV Dania.The beaches of the north coast offer rest or recreation, something for everyone.Nyali Beach is the first beach you come to north of Mombasa. It is a shopping hub with a variety of hotels. Nyali Beach Hotel was Mombasa's fisrt beach hotel on the mainland.Bamburi Beach is next as you travel north. It is home to large hotels with the Mombasa Marine Park located offshore.The next stop is Shanzu Beach, a busy resort area. It offers a quiet retreat by the Indian Ocean but is also home to six luxury hotels.
Mombasa Marine Park and National Reserve
Mombasa Marine Park and National Reserve has a coral reef and abundant marine life. Diving and snorkeling occurs north of Mombasa, extending from around the Mtwapa Creek, south to the entrance of Likoni. The reefs are of different types including multicolored hanging reefs and large corals, with soft smooth sandy bottoms.The diverse fish life can be seen by snorkels, divers, or by the glass bottom boat tours.Nyali, Bamburi and Shanzu beaches all have access to Mombasa Marine Park and it is one of the busiest of Kenya's marine parks.
Ngomongo Villages is a sustainable eco-cultural tourist village. The village is a collection of 10 diverse rural Kenya Tribal Homesteads, complete with hut, cultivated crops, domestic, wild animals and even a village witch doctor. Each village has activities that visitors can participate in including archery, boating, rafting, tasting tribal foods, trekking, hook fishing, grinding and pounding maize.Ngomongo Villages was constructed by reclaiming 16 acres of a barren limestone quarry. Local people and visitors alike can experience a living learning experience on environmental rehabilitation.This tourist destination has raised environmental awareness as well as serving as a model for other urban and non-urban communities that are affected by degraded and polluted lands.
Kilifi is a town on the banks of the Kilifi Creek. Many yachts are moored in the creek and a great number of beach houses belong to artists, writers and adventurers from around the world.Mnarani village ruins are located on the southern bank and Kilifi village is on the northern bank of the creek. Kilifi Creek has a beach on either side, sailing trips can be arranged. The beaches provide a quiet destination for relaxation.At one time, Kilifi could only be reached by ferry but in recent years a bridge was constructed to make it more accessible.
The Mnarani Ruins overlook Kilifi Creek on the southern side. Mnarani is an ancient Swahili coastal settlement dating back to the early 14th C.The Great Mosque is the best preserved ruin with ornately carved inscriptions around the mihrab. Other sites include carved tombs that include a restored pillar tomb, a small mosque dating back to the 16th C, parts of the town wall and a gate. Within the woods, are many other ruins such as a small mosque and other unexcavated ruins.Galla people at war with the residents as well as the failure of the water supply destroyed Mnarani in the 17th C.A huge baobab tree amongst the ruins is rumored to be the largest on the Kenyan coast.