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North of Mombasa
The coastline North of Mombasa is a world of enthralling history and natural beauty. The coast is lined with pristine palm fringed beaches,and the calm inviting waters of the Indian Ocean.

The beaches are broken by the wide mouth of Kilifi Creek, whose azurewaters are a popular port of call on the international yachting circuit.

The beaches of Nyali, Vipingo, Kikambala and Shanzu are home to a widerange of World Class resorts with fine cuisine and services. 

The peaceful beach havens of Mtwapa and Takaungu offer an ideal escape from the outside world, with endless deserted beaches.

The offshore reefs are alive with coral, myriad fish, sea turtles and dolphins. Both outer and inner reef walls offer world class diving with spectacular coral gardens and drop offs, and Kenya's best wreck diving on the MV Dania.
 
How to get to North Coast, Mombasa
The gateway to the North Coast is Mombasa, although some visitors fly directly to Malindi. The Coastal highway runs north of Mombasa all the way to Kenya’s northern frontier. Driving your own car or hired car as far as Malindi is very easy. There are regular buses and matatus along the North coast. Many hotels and resorts in this area have Mombasa shuttles or can arrange vehicle transfers.

Private taxis from Mombasa will also take you to the North Coast beaches for an agreed fare. Malindi airport has daily scheduled flights to Mombasa, Nairobi and Lamu. The airport also serves Private Charters.

 
Where to stay in North Coast, Mombasa
There is a very wide range of accommodation available on the North Coast. There are five star International resort hotels with casinos, nightclubs and international restaurants, basic campsites, private guesthouses and rental apartments and villas.
 
Dining in North Coast, Mombasa
The obvious culinary attraction on the North Coast is seafood, and there is plenty available, with excellent fish, crabs, lobster, oysters and more. There is also an abundance of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, peanuts, cashews and wild honey. There is a great many restaurants throughout the North Coast serving a range of international cuisines. Many hotels have their own restaurants.

The Kenyan coast is famous for its Swahili Cuisine, a traditional blend of Arabic and African cooking styles. Swahili specialities are mild curries made from a thick coconut sauce, and seafood cooked with cloves and cinnamon. The coast’s mix of African and Asian cuisines also produce a wide range of vegetarian dishes.

For those who wish to cook for themselves, the abundant supply of markets, shops and modern supermarkets will cater for your every need.  Privately rented homes usually have a cook provided, who will buy ingredients and prepare meals to your taste.
 
What to do in North Coast, Mombasa
Whether its rest or recreation, you'll find something to suit on the North Coast.

Water Sports

The coastal resorts of the North Coast offer a full range of water sports including sailing, waterskiing, jetskiing, parasailing and more. Nyali, Vipingo, Kikambala and Shanzu are home to a wide range of World Class resorts with fine cuisine and services.

Boating

A range of boats can be hired to explore the coast, including Hobie cats and sailing skiffs. Sea Kayaks are also widely available, and are ideal for exploring remote coves and sheltered bays.

Kilifi Creek is a good place for those looking to charter yachts. Both yachts and crews are available for private charter. the coast of Kenya is a great place to explore by yacht, or the perfect base from which to set sail for Zanzibar to the South or the Red Sea to the North. Other yachting anchorages along the coast include Mtwapa, Shimoni and Mombasa.

SCUBA Diving and Snorkelling

Divers will not be disappointed on the North coast. There are several world class dive sites. Diving is generally good all year round, although visibility lessens during July and August due to silting and high seas. Best sites are at Mtwapa and Barracuda Reef. These are some particularly good outer reef dives, with long drop offs and plenty of life on the walls. On the outer edge of Barracuda reef there are large shoals of angel and butterfly fish, and the occasional green turtle or massive whale shark are seen here.
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Cultural Experience in North Coast, Mombasa
The North coast is home to many of the Mijikenda tribes, predominantly the Giriama. Many of the hotels in this region can arrange cultural visits to Giriama villages. The North Coast was a area of great importance to the development of the Swahili culture. This particular area saw several Swahili settlements, most of which are now gazetted historical sites.

Jumba la Mtwana (The Mansion of the Slave)
, near Mtwapa is a good example of a simple Swahili town. The town was deserted around 500 years ago. The majority of the town no longer stands, but the ruins of stone mansions of the privileged and their mosques and tombs still remain. Archaeological evidence suggests that the people of Jumba where devoutly religious and committed to the Islamic virtue of cleanliness. Most houses contain the remains of water cisterns, washing platforms and stone lined latrines.

Jumba la Mtwana is an interesting place to visit, and is beautifully located in a baobab forest. The ruins overlook a deserted beach, and the largest Mosque faces the sea. This area is home to the Rabai community, a small but culturally strong people, with their own language and customs. In an effort to both celebrate and preserve their cultural traditions, an annual Rabai festival is held in this region.

It was from this area that one of Kenya's first European visitors Germany missionary and explorer Ludwig Krapf, first established a mission in August 1846. This became his base for exploration into the hinterland. A small museum in the village of Rabai, commemorates both Krapf's life in Kenya and local Rabai culture.
 

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Watamu Marine Park & Reserve
Watamu National Park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats on Kenya’s north coast stretching from Malindi town to beyond the entrance to Mida creek.