Nyali Beach
In the rainy season from the middle of March to May and also in the so-called minor rainy period in November, Nyali Beach is not that attractive. The rest of the year the beach is naturally beautiful as it is completely left to nature and has its own special charm. Here you will find traditional Kenyan beach life without any tourist infrastructure. If you want to experience this authentic Kenyan feeling, Nyali Beach will not disappoint you and is without doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

Nyali Beach - Unspoilt oasis north of Mombasa

You hardly expect to find a well hidden oasis of calm such as Nyali Beach right next to the bustling city of Mombasa where 1.2 million people live. In spite of being easy to get to, this beautiful beach has few buildings and can offer holidaymakers fine white sand with a background of a dense line of palm-trees. Access to the beach is either via the hotel complexes or public pathways.

Kenyan daily life at Nyali Beach

There are only a handful of hotel complexes at Nyali Beach and these blend nicely into the otherwise natural surroundings. Large areas of the beach have no buildings apart from some basic wooden beach huts. In and around these you will find the so-called Beach Boys, mostly young locals, offering the tourists many things including hand-made jewellery, musical instruments and boat trips. At times their selling methods can be rather irritating, but it is best to keep your sense of humour and a clear “no” as well as avoiding eye contact should make them give up on you.

Nyali Beach is more popular with the locals than with tourists and this is part of the charm of this beach. At the weekend and especially in the late afternoon the otherwise empty beach gets busy with locals from the surrounding areas as well as visitors from other parts of Kenya. They play games including football at the beach, go swimming and chat with each other.

Water-sports at Nyali Beach

The tides are obvious at Nyali Beach, but not as much as at nearby Bamburi Beach. The distance from beach to sea varies between the tides by about 100 metres. The coral reef which extends along the Kenyan coast provides the beach with a spacious shallow sea area which attracts kite-surfers, together with surfers and wind-surfers.

Boat trips are also available here and some providers offer snorkelling and diving excursions.

Those wanting less action can also enjoy probably the most popular activity at Nyali Beach, which is splashing about in the sea using swim tubes which can be hired cheaply at most of the beaches in Kenya.

Everything you need to know

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Our rating
  • Relaxation
    8/10
  • Family
    8/10
  • Water sport
    4/10
  • Party
    1/10
How did you like the beach?
Nyali 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: 8/10 points
Place 9 of 25
This beach is perfect for anybody looking for relaxation, but not wanting to do without amenities.
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: 4/10 points
Place 12 of 25
You can only occasionally spot some water-sport activities in the sea here.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 20 of 25
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

Atmosphere at the beach
6/10
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6/10
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8/10
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5/10
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2/10
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Nyali Beach International Hotel Map icon
Nyali Beach International Hotel

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Upscale

Exclusivity: High

Clientel: Normal

www.nyali-international.com/
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  • Jellyfish
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