Silversands Beach
Silversands Beach is the most popular beach in the region of Malindi. It is a long beach of exceptionally fine sand and is great for lengthy walks. As the beach is especially popular with the locals, you can also experience the typical Kenyan lifestyle here. The main attraction at Silversands Beach is however, that you are able to walk at low tide to the coral reef to admire all its sea creatures. We would recommend taking a guide for this tour to avoid sea urchins and to make sure that you return safely before the water comes in at high tide. Last but not least, the Vasco da Gama Cross at the northern end of the beach is worth a visit for a taste of history.

Silversands Beach – Gateway to the underwater world of the coral reef

The very fine sandy Silversands Beach is about three kilometres long and not far from the town of Malindi. It is not the most beautiful, but probably the best known beach in the region. The public part of the beach is surrounded by numerous hotel beaches. Silversands Beach is especially popular with the locals, who come here mainly in the afternoon and in particular at the weekend. The water temperature is 27 degrees Celsius all year round.
\r\n The hotel security guards do not let anybody who is not a hotel guest through to the beach via the hotel grounds, which means that you have to use the public pathways.
\r\n The main attraction of Silversands Beach is that at low tide you can walk to the coral reef and explore all kinds of sea creatures there. Even though the reef stretches along the entire Kenyan coast, you are not able to walk to it from most other beaches.

Silversands Beach – Be careful at high tide

At the reef you can spot numerous sea creatures such as crabs, starfish, urchins and sea cucumbers. The way to the reef is quite adventurous, as you have to walk over sandbanks and through seaweed and we would recommend hiring a Beach Boy as a guide. They know where exactly you can find the different sea creatures, as well as which route to avoid because of the sea urchins and they also know when it's time to head back, as it is very important not to underestimate how quickly the tide comes in here.

The Vasco da Gama Cross – A piece of history at Silversands Beach

Silversands Beach is ideal for long walks during which you can also experience local life. If you are interested in history, then you should head for the northern end of the beach where you will find the Vasco da Gama Cross. It was from exactly this point that Vasco da Gama set off on his journey to India in 1498 and the cross commemorates this. The entrance fee of 5 Euros is not particularly cheap, but the view from the cross is worth it and with a little bit of imagination you can get a feeling of how it was for the Portuguese explorer at the time.

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Our rating
  • Relaxation
    6/10
  • Family
    8/10
  • Water sport
    3/10
  • Party
    1/10
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Silversands 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: 6/10 points
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At this well-equipped beach you can switch off and forget your day-to-day stress.
Family: 8/10 points
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The beach is well-equipped, is easy to get to and is safe - an ideal beach for families.
Water sports: 3/10 points
Place 18 of 25
Water-sports conditions at this beach are rather poor.
Party: 1/10 points
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There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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Coco Beach Bar

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks, Music

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Low

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    Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks, Music

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Low

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  • sharp stones
  • Sharp shells
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