Joe and I decided to end our time in Kenya in Mombasa on the beach, processing the previous months of living in a third world country. Mombasa sits on the Eastern coast of Kenya. I couldn’t be more thankful that we took that time to process having to leave Kenya. There is something about crystal clear, blue ocean water that is just good for your soul. I love any and every beach but ones with ocean water that looks like it is straight from heaven are just a delight. We felt rejuvenated for sure. Most of our days consisted of eating breakfast looking out at the sea, then reading by the pool and lying in the sun until lunch, then repeating again until dinner. We took long walks strategizing about what the future holds for our non-profit, and re-living the gorgeous memories we’d just lived in Kakamega. Good stuff, goooood stuff.
The beach on Mombasa is beautiful white sand and the sand is really fine, very soft and easy to walk in. Everywhere along the beach there are little tiny balls of sand that look like dip and dots where baby crabs have been learning how to dig their new homes. The tide goes out REALLY far so you can walk on the coral reef that is usually covered by the ocean. We saw a ton of different fish, crabs, sea urchins, coral reef, and lots of fun little ocean creatures.
A couple tips if you’re going to be spending time on any beach in Mombasa: definitely bring shoes you can walk in out on the coral reef. There are “safari beach boys” that will bombard you trying to sell souvenirs, boat tours, snorkel gear, sunglasses, fruit, etc. They are a bit overwhelming and annoying but you just have to firmly and politely say you aren’t interested in what they are selling. Most of them are uninsured and could be looking to take your money. If you are planning to book excursions or buy souvenirs, do so through your hotel.
If you decide to go for a better price outside the hotel or if you want to do a catamaran ride, make sure to ask for ID showing that the person is authorized to work on the beach. Anyone who does not have an ID showing their authorization to work on the beach can easily trick you and run off with your money. Some of the people who roam the beach are very good at making you believe their stories! Again you are best off booking through the hotel.
Last but not least, if you are traveling to Mombasa, check the advisories that your country is releasing. Kenya is a beautiful place but occasionally they do have some not so pleasant things happen. It is best to be on the safe side and know where you are going.
Mombasa is a beautiful place. The water is clear and the fish are in plenty! If you are ever in or around Kenya, Mombasa is absolutely worth the time to visit!
Stay tuned for our second blog about our trip to Mombassa, sharing all about the gorgeous Severin Sea Lodge we stayed in.