South Coast Diani Beach is just 40 kilometers from Mombasa and has often been described as one of the most beautiful beaches in the World – 10 kilometers of brilliant white sand along the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Gallu Beach right next to Diani beach is a paradise of brilliant white beaches, contrasting with tall swaying palm trees and the turqoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Much quieter than the neighbouring Diani Beach, Gallu is the ideal place for relaxing away from tourist crowds and beach boys. Tiwi Beach lies in the south coast of Mombasa, 17km south of the Likoni Ferry, stretching down to Tanzania. It’s a tropical paradise, with endless stretches of wide sandy beaches lined with coconut palms and lFBped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean Msambweni is a largely unspoiled stretch of beach edged primarily by private properties with colorful bougainvillea gardens. There are rocky outcrops, low cliffs and patches of coral on sandy bays. Crowds and beach vendors are rare. Msambweni also has long reefs which run in a north-south direction parallel to the shoreline. The coral is mostly intact and richly inhabited by much of the marine life found in this area which makes it great for snorkeling and diving. Lucky divers have seen the harmless whale sharks cruising past, and some of the bigger pelagic game fish often visit the area in search of smaller prey. North Coast Malindi is a small seaside resort town, about 2 hours’ drive north-east of Mombasa. The town which has been a Swahili settlement since the 14th century lies at the mouth of the Galana River, at the Indian Ocean coast. Malindi is served with a domestic airport and a highway between Mombasa and Lamu. The nearby Watamu resort and Gedi Ruins are located south of Malindi. The corals provide a reason to explore the Coast while there are in addition surfing, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing and other water sports. Watamu Beach is guarded by beautiful tropical barrier reefs and has been voted as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Watamu Marine Park offers excellent scuba diving, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing. There is a tidal creek close to the hotel which is good for bird watching, fishing and sunset dhow trips while Malindi and its markets are within easy reach. Take a walk along the beach, embark on a dhow that takes you up Mida Creek, visit Gedi Ruins, and go for guided walks in the Arabuko Sukoko Forest.
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