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.