Bamburi Beach – The hotel beach of Mombasa
Bamburi Beach is in Kenya in the north of the town of Mombasa. Several spacious hotel complexes form the background to the beach. Their facilities are only for the guests of the hotels, but the beach itself is public. Leading to the beach there are several paths between the hotels which are mainly used by the locals to reach Bamburi Beach, but also by holidaymakers who are not staying directly at the beach.
Bamburi Beach: natural, sandy beach with a nice diving location at a coral reef
At high tide the fine, light sandy beach at Bamburi is rather narrow and large areas do not really dry out completely, so that the beach does not appear to be as bright and powdery as it would be if it would be dry. The surface however is mostly free of stones, but depending on the season large areas are covered with seaweed, which gets partly cleared to the side on a regular basis. However, it does not get cleared completely, as the sea here is part of a Marine Park, a conservation area in the water, which stretches right up to the beach. The seaweed gives the beach a natural touch which appeals to some tourists, but not to others. The beach is very large at low tide and you can walk for about one kilometre towards the sea where you will find a coral reef which is great for diving and snorkelling, as there is a lot to explore underwater. The reef also protects the coast effectively from waves and keeps large sea creatures such as sharks away from the coast.
At Bamburi Beach you can meet locals, buy souvenirs and do water-sports
Bamburi Beach is a very lively beach. Holidaymakers stroll along the beach and get chatting easily to the locals who offer various items for sale. Many small souvenirs are available, most of them hand-made and if you like, you can even have your name added to them. Also on offer are trips on a glass-bottom boat to the reef, windsurfing, jet-skiing and other leisure activities. You are rarely on your own at this beach and you need to be comfortable with this idea here. If you are, then you can get to know a lot about the country and its people at this beach and enjoy friendly interaction with the locals here, although in return you have to be prepared to spend part of your holiday budget here. There are no sun loungers and parasols for hire directly at the beach. These can only be found on the grounds of the hotels and are only available for guests of the hotels. They can also enjoy numerous facilities and a large choice of activities, as well as nice pools and bars and restaurants overlooking the beach.
Bamburi Beach is also great for fans of beach bars and walking
If you are not staying in one of the beach hotels, you will find a small number of restaurants and beach bars here. You can also walk along the beach towards Kenyatta Beach which is one of the favourites of the locals of Mombasa. Here it is much busier and you can get talking very easily to the locals and there are also beach parties going on. At the other end of Bamburi Beach are several magnificent privately owned properties and beyond that is Shanzu Beach, hidden behind some cliffs covered with mangroves. Here it is much quieter, but at high tide you cannot walk along the water’s edge. If you then want to get back to Bamburi Beach you will need to take a taxi, as the only path back is between the first two hotels which lead to the road and from there it is too far to walk .