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Kenya’s coastal region

The beautiful white coral beaches, fringed by swaying coconut palms are definitely one of the highlights of Kenya – and after a long safari there’s nothing more soothing than taking a swim in the Indian Oceans warm, turquoise waters.

Indian Ocean activities
Along the coast activities such as windsurfing, sailing, kitesurfing, parasailing, kayaking, snorkling and diving are offered in proximity of the big hotels

In the far south, edging the border of Tanzania there is a small fishing town called Shimoni which is the one of the major points for setting out to visit Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park, where you will find world class snorkeling and diving. Also at Malindi-Watamu Marine National Park you will find exquisite snorkling and diving opportunities and there are a number of other attractions on the coast such as Fort Jesus in Mombasa, the Arabuko-Sokoke forest and the Gedi ruins at Malindi, The Lamu archipelago and many more.

Outrigger canoes on a beach at Kilifi around 100 km north of Mombasa. The picture is taken from the bridge crossing the Kilifi Creek – a great place for watersports such as sailing, windsurfing and especially for waterskiing due to the calm water in the creek.

Bathing in the Indian Ocean
A dip in the Indian Oceans warm waters is always a wonderful experience no matter the time of the year as the temperature is relatively constant

The strong tidal fluctuations with almost 4 meter in difference between high and low tide, makes the beach and sea an ever interesting place to discover and enjoy and at low tide it is, in some places, possible to walk all the way to the fringing coral reef about 300-400 meter from the beach. Many hotels have dance troupes performing several times a week and they can arrange nature walks and cultural visits to some of the local villages.

The kenyan coast has a tropical climate with hot and humid air, making it a paradise for lush vegetation and despite rural development there are still patches with virgin reainforest.

It looks like a deep steaming jungle, but it is just a narrow patch of indigenous forest left in between some of the big hotels at Nyali, just behind Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach.

Outriggers sail along the beaches of Kenya
Outriggers sail along the Swahili coast as they have done for Millenia

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