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Malindi is an enchanting coastal city in Kenya that boasts of sandy beaches, beautiful hotels and rich cultural heritage. The serene beauty of the town and beaches makes it a perfect tourist destination, where people can go to discover or rediscover themselves.
If you’re planning for a relaxing holiday where you can put some sand in your toes, you won’t go wrong by taking a trip to Malindi Kenya. Here are five reasons why you should visit this coastal beach town.
Beautiful Sunny Beaches And Amazing Scenery
The coastal town of Malindi is known around the world because of its smooth sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Beaches in Malindi are accessible, clean and surrounded with high-end restaurants and bars.
Some of the famous beaches around Malindi are;
The Watamu Beach
This is one of the best beaches in Malindi town which stretches for about 7 km. The place is perfect for a walk or a jog.
The soft white sands and calm blue water makes it an ideal place to enjoy recreational activities such as swimming, diving, surfing, water skiing, deep fishing and a lot more.
Che Shale Beach
This is an iconic beach that finds itself in a quiet and secluded location. The beach stretches for about 5 km and is ideal for those who want to stay away from distractions and noise.
You can enjoy the breathtaking view of the natural beauty around the beach and ocean. You won’t get bored when on this beach as there are kite related sports activities to give you that adrenaline rush.
Although this is a public beach, you will be amazed by the cleanliness and beauty that is evident. The crystal clear water, coral reef, and smooth waves make it an ideal place for diving, water skiing, snorkeling, and other exciting activities.
The sandy beaches of Malindi are the perfect place to relax on as you enjoy the cool breeze from the ocean. The beautiful scenery around the beach have led to establishment of beach resorts and restaurants where people can hang out and enjoy themselves.
Amazing Malindi Attractions
Apart from the beaches, there are several attractions in the town that are worth visiting. Some of them are;
These are the remains of a town that dates back to the 13th century found in the lush Arabuko Sokoke forest. Gedi ruins have captured the attention of the world since it has a unique architectural design from other ruins around the world. This is because, even though the ruins existed when the world was believed to be uncivilized, you will be amazed to find well-built drainage systems with functional flush toilets.
Vasco Da Gamma Pillar
This historical monument is the oldest in Africa with a lot to learn from it. The memorial was built as a token of appreciation by a Portuguese explorer after receiving a warm welcome by the then Sultan of Malindi. The pillar served as a centre of the slave trade and was also used by the Portuguese visiting Kenya as a landmark.
The museum acts as an educational facility where you can find information regarding Malindi way of life. The architectural design of the museum dates back to the 13th century. The museum was earlier used as a civil hospital and later as fisheries in 1952 and 1999 respectively. The Kenyan government then rebranded it in 2004 as a museum.
Spectacular National Parks
Malindi town boasts of national parks that showcase the rich flora and fauna in Kenya. For the tourist who wants to quench their thirst for nature, it’s quite apparent that beaches alone will not be enough. Below are some of the parks to visit for some game viewing.
Arabuko Sokoke National Park
Get to enjoy a scenic view of the thick forest of Arabuko Sokoke when in Malindi town. The forest covers a distance of 4202m, making it East Africa’s largest dry coral forest.
The presence of dense canopy in the forest and the Mida Creek ecosystem makes it a cool place to visit, away from the hot and humid climate in other areas.
Watamu Marine National Park
Enjoy stunning views of a thick forest of mangrove, forming a solid blanket. Plus the abundant marine life in this park. There are over 600 fish species and more than 100 corals of different types.
Have a fascinating view of different fish species swimming blissfully on coral beds in the clear waters.
After enjoying the marine life, you can explore the scenic beauty in the park. Have a good time by watching monkeys jump from branch to branch and also observing different bird species flocking the area.
The park is also home to dik-dik, mongoose, monitor lizard, and other wild animals.
Luxurious Hotels And Resort
The increased number of tourists flocking the town has seen extensive growth of the hotel industry. Regardless of your budget, there are stunning hotels and luxurious resort to ensure you have a majestic stay.
Most of the hotels in Malindi features a relaxing swimming pool, chic bars, restaurants and even spas to ensure you have a fantastic vacation.
Dhow Excursion And Vibrant Nightlife
A visit to Malindi will not be complete without exploring the ocean. There are several dhows to ride on, so you get to have a natural and raw view of the Indian Ocean. The low tides of the oceans will give you the best experience to ride on the water and enjoy breathtaking views.
After a fun day, you may want to party during the night. Malindi being a coastal town with a rich culture and a popular tourist destination, you can expect the nightlife to be lively.
There are several bars and clubs within the town where you get to enjoy drinks and live band performances.
If you are dreaming of relaxation and wide stretch of beaches, then Malindi should definitely be on your bucket list. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation or a thrilling adventure, you will enjoy all these in Malindi. Create a lifetime memory with family and friends by visiting the coastal town of Malindi.