Shanzu Beach
Shanzu Beach looks completely different at low tide compared to high tide. At low tide you can easily walk from here to neighbouring Bamburi Beach, whereas at high tide this area is completely flooded and you can only reach the beach from the road via one entrance which is not signposted. Shanzu Beach is characterised by the many hotel complexes and holiday accommodation in the background. However, many locals also come to this palm-tree lined beach and enjoy the powdery, white sand. Many activities are only available to the guests of the hotels, but there is also a private water-sports provider offering a wide range of activities to everybody.

Shanzu Beach – Quiet dream beach north of Mombasa

Shanzu Beach is north of Mombasa and is easily reached by bus, taxi or the traditional Tuk Tuk. However, there is only one entrance to the beach from the road, as it is otherwise surrounded by hotels. You could also walk here from neighbouring Bamburi Beach, but this not normally an option in the afternoons when the beach is flooded at high tide.

Shanzu Beach – Quiet and remote

In contrast to other Kenyan beaches, Shanzu Beach is relatively short and is enclosed by rocks at either side, meaning that you will not find many tourists and the only chance to buy something is from the few Beach Boys here trying to sell handmade souvenirs and colourful scarves.

At low tide the beach is ideal for long walks and you can even walk to Mombasa then. You should wear appropriate footwear though, because the route along the rocks to Bamburi Beach can be quite slippery, as there are large stony areas, together with algae and other water plants covering the beach here. In addition there is also some coral here.

Many of the visitors to the beach are staying in one of the hotel complexes at the rear of the beach. However, especially in the afternoon, you will also see many local families splashing about in the sea with their small children and enjoying the white sandy beach lined with palm-trees.

Activities at Shanzu Beach

Shanzu Beach is not only great for swimming, but also for windsurfing. Towards the middle of the beach is a rather fragile wooden hut which is the base for a private windsurfing school. Here you can hire equipment and as well as windsurfing courses they also offer trips on a glass-bottom boat, deep sea fishing and trips on a Dhow, a traditional fishing boat, which can also be seen at many other Kenyan beaches. You can also hire snorkelling equipment here and explore the coral reef around 500 metres from the shore. At low tide the water is so shallow that you can even walk straight over to the reef. Children can also have swimming lessons taught by the friendly staff of the school.

Shanzu Beach has many faces and changes its appearance with the tides.

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    4/10
  • Water sport
    5/10
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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.
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At this well-equipped beach you can switch off and forget your day-to-day stress.
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Although this beach is not unsuitable for families, we can't recommend it for you and your loved ones.
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Wind and waves are not ideal here, but you can still have some fun in the sea.
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There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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