Malindi Beach
The region around Malindi in Kenya is known in Europe, particularly in Italy, for its beautiful beaches. Malindi Beach, however, is neither the nicest nor the most popular with them. Although there are some hotel complexes at the rear of the beach, the guests tend to remain in the pool areas, as there is not much to do at the beach. In addition, the water looks quite dirty because of the sand which is thrown up and in the dunes there is also rubbish lying around. The biggest attraction of the spacious beach is its sand which shimmers like pure gold in the sun because of its colour and high iron content and for this reason Malindi Beach is well worth a visit.

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.

Everything you need to know

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Our rating
  • Relaxation
    5/10
  • Family
    1/10
  • Water sport
    7/10
  • Party
    1/10
How did you like the beach?
Malindi Beach is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 5/10 points
Place 22 of 25
Although it can get a little busy, you will find a nice spot here where you can relax.
Family: 1/10 points
Place 23 of 25
No facilites and completely unsuitable atmosphere - this beach is not for families.
Water sports: 7/10 points
Place 3 of 25
Water-sports conditions are so good that it is worth coming to this beach just for the surfing.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 13 of 25
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

Atmosphere at the beach
8/10
Ease
6/10
Beauty
7/10
Romance
3/10
Exclusivity
2/10
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