The Kenyan coastline is dominated by the fringing coral reef which follows the coast for most of its length and has created a broad sheltered lagoon. There are caves, the remains of ancient coral reefs once submerged by the ocean, as well as beaches of powdery fine sand and sea that is safe and blissfully warm. And just inland from the coast are tropical forests, rich in birds, plants, insects, and small mammals.
The legacy of early traders, merchant ships from the Persian Gulf and Arab peninsula, have left their mark. In the first millennium, Swahili culture was born, a vibrant mix of African and Arabic cultures, seen today particularly in the Lamu archipelago, in its fishing and trading vessels, its food and drink, its music and architecture, even the black buibui gowns of the women.
While we love the vibrancy you feel exploring Mombasa’s 16th century fort, built by the Portuguese, and the old city alleys and shops we would always recommend that you stay along one of the quieter stretches of sand to the north or south of the city.