Malindi Beach – spacious, golden sandy beach in the dunes
Malindi Beach on the coast of Kenya is centrally located in the village of the same name and borders Silversand Beach in the south where the Vasco da Gama Pier is. In the north the beach ends at the estuary of the Galana River. Part of the south of the beach has to the rear a small settlement where locals live, while the northern part consists of a spacious dune landscape which has no buildings. In between there are hotel complexes some of which are quite far back and whose natural roofs are hardly visible among the palm-trees. From the hotels you have direct access to the beach, but the guests seldom take advantage of this. Most of them would rather stay at the pool than head for the beach or the sea.
Malindi Beach - golden sandy beach, but not much swimming fun
The surface at Malindi Beach is something very special. There are black stripes in the golden brown sand which is rich in iron and the beach gives the impression in the glaring sunshine that it could be made of real gold. This is something every beach fan should see and is the main reason to go to Malindi Beach. Swimming is not really great here because the water looks dirty and, because of the sand which is in parts thrown up, the waves look brown. Most holidaymakers will be put off by this, but not the locals who still really enjoy themselves in the water. Particularly in the evenings and at weekends they gather here around the long pier which is a couple of metres above the water and leads right up to the water’s edge. At these times it gets really busy here, in contrast to the northern end of the beach which is much quieter.
Long walks at Malindi Beach
At Malindi Beach you can go for long walks, but be aware that the beach is not that clean with rubbish lying around even in the areas in front of the hotels. There is not much to do at Malindi Beach and there neither amenities such as toilets or showers, nor is there anywhere to eat apart from the restaurants in the hotels which are only for the hotel guests. Water-sports hardly play a role at Malindi Beach with the notable exception of surfing. Especially in the period from May to September conditions for this are excellent and not just for experienced surfers, but also for beginners.