Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city after Nairobi, offers travelers an exotic taste of the African tropics steeped in centuries of seafaring history. This cosmopolitan tourist hub is actually an island connected by bridges and ferries to the Kenyan coast. Stretching for miles along the mainland to the north and south, Mombasa’s beach resorts preside over palm-studded strands fringed by shimmering coral reefs.

Both local and foreign tourist flock here to enjoy the many things to do – from dolphin spotting trips on traditional dhows and deep-sea fishing to diving and snorkeling the wrecks and reefs and basking on the sun-splashed shores. But in the city itself, on the bustling island, a world of history and culture awaits.

Thanks to its legacy as the largest port in East Africa, Mombasa is a cultural melting pot. British, Asian, Arabic, Omanis, Indian, and Chinese immigrants have enriched the city’s architecture and cuisine, and many mosques and temples grace the city streets.

In the Old Town, where fragrant spices waft from local markets, you can step back in time and explore the ancient buildings. Beyond the city, wildlife parks, villages, and ancient ruins round out the wealth of water-based fun. Find out more about the best places to visit with our list of the top attractions in Mombasa, Kenya.

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Enjoy a full day at Kisite Marine Park for boat sailing, dolphin spotting, snorkeling, swimming, sun bathing, and a mouth-watering Swahili seafood lunch on Wasini...
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Discover the culture and history of Mombasa on a full-day city tour. Discover Fort Jesus and the old town as you walk through Mombasa's past...
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Experience a day-trip to one of the finest Kenyan Beach Safari locations, the Watamu Marine Park. Go snorkelling and dolphin spotting amongst the incredible reefs....
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Explore Mombasa’s Old Town and the surrounding nature on a full-day guided tour that includes entrance fees, all activities, and roundtrip hotel transport. Get the...
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Explore the famous Tsavo East National Park and Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. Spot herds of Red Elephants, Lions, Giraffes, Zebras, Hippos and rare bird species....
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Shimba Hills game reserve is located in a densely coastal rain forest and is home to some wildlife animals like elephants, giraffe, buffalo, leopard, the...
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