Looking for a peaceful retreat to swim, sunbathe and stargaze? Nyali Beach a few kilometers north of the buzzing city of Mombasa is a perfect retreat. Within a stone throw away from the city, this wonderful beach has a lot to offer.
The fine white sand against the background of a grove of palm trees make you feel like in a movie set. You remember Baywatch, don’t you? Yes, you got the idea. The few buildings and hotel complexes in the vicinity of Nyali Beach are ideal for rest and relaxation. Pathways lead you directly to the beach.
The landscape is pretty wild, with wooden beach huts every here and there. In and around these typically African constructions you will encounter the so-called Beach Boys selling hand-made jewellery, musical instruments, and offering boat trips. Although their selling techniques can sometimes be irritating, you can sort it all out with a clear and firm ‘no’ and… keep your sense of humour and avoid eye contact.
Nyali Beach is more famous among locals rather than tourists, which is part of its magical charm. Especially on weekends, the otherwise empty beach gets hectic on late afternoons, besieged by locals and visitors from other parts of Kenya who come there for a swim in the clear blue sea.
If you’re a fan of watersports, you can go surfing, kite or wind-surfing. Bamburi Beach is nearby and the distance between the shore and the sea varies between the tides by approximately 100 metres. Tides are obvious at Nyali but even more at Bamburi. The coral reef stretches along the Kenyan coast creating a sizeable area of shallow sea around the beach, which attracts a lot of watersport lovers.
Boat rides are also quite common and some providers also offer snorkeling and diving trips.