Mombasa is an island connected to the rest of Kenya by road and ferries. Discover uncrowded tropical beaches perfect for diving and snorkelling, surfing, deep sea fishing, dolphin-spotting and everything else aquatic. Of course, you can always just laze on the sand or by a pool with a great book and a drink in your hand! Mombasa Marine Park, just to the north, is easy to explore and has vivid coral reefs and deep drop-offs that make for fantastic diving. While you're down there, explore the remains of the MV Dania, a cargo ship scuttled by authorities in 2002 that has become the country's best wreck dive.
The marine reserve encompasses Mombasa's north coast mainland beaches of Nyali, Bamburi and Shanzu–these areas also have a large concentration of the hotels in Mombasa, so if you’re a water baby, you’re in luck. These areas—with its palm trees and clear waters—is also home to heaps of restaurants and much of Mombasa’s nightlife.
Back on Mombasa Island, visit the imposing garrison of Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in 1593 as a statement of power in this busy seafaring pocket of the Indian Ocean. It was fought over and changed hands during the centuries, and its thick walls are covered in ancient graffiti and inscriptions in Arabic, Swahili and several European languages.
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Hotels in Mombasa start at AU$52 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.