Kuruwitu Beach – natural, sandy beach with palm-trees and beach bar
Kuruwitu Beach is a sandy beach about one and a half kilometres in length situated north-east of Mombasa. At the south-western end of Kuruwitu Beach is Vipingo Beach. At the rear of the beach are some private houses, beach hotels and a beach bar with a large garden. The beach itself has been left to nature and the fine, light sand is mixed with coral pieces, small shells, dried seaweed and branches. The surrounding area of Kuruwitu Beach is dominated by dense forests, and palm-trees and other trees line the beach.
Diving and snorkelling at the coral reef of Kuruwitu Beach
Kuruwitu Beach is part of a Marine Sanctuary, a sea and nature conservation area. The beach and the surrounding coastal area are protected and maintained by a local initiative and the underwater world especially benefits from this. The offshore coral reef is in good condition and in the clear water you can discover the impressive, colourful variety of flora and fauna while snorkelling and diving, or from a glass-bottom boat. There is also a good chance that you can even spot dolphins and sea turtles here. Also on offer are trips on a Dhow, a traditional fishing boat, as well as angling excursions. At low tide when the water goes right out and swimming is almost impossible, you can instead join a guided walking tour to the reef.
Fantastic beach bar with comfortable beach beds
There are no amenities directly at the beach apart from a very basic shower at the Marine Sanctuary base. Loungers, parasols and particularly comfortable beach beds can be found in the garden of the perhaps cosiest and nicest beach bar in Africa. As well as cold drinks, delicious snacks and great food, you will find here plenty of space and a very welcoming, homely atmosphere.