Up north from Mombasa lie several creeks, where resorts have developed over the years offering the discerning travel a more laid-back environment.
Kilifi Creek, an idyllic little town is the closest to Mombassa.
Gedi Ruins, a lost city, seemingly abandoned overnight, lies at the entrance of yet another beautiful private beach, Watamu.
Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve, the last of the great indigenous coastal forests and one of the most important nature conservation sites in East Africa is accessible from Watamu.
Another 25 kms north takes us to Malindi a fishing village and the first landing spot of Vasco da Gama in 1498.
Although now an important tourist area, Malindi still retains the atmosphere of a Swahili fishing village. Near to Malindi, on the road north is a spectacular gorge of eroded rock known as “Hell’s Kitchen”.
Divers and snorkellers will enjoy the Watamu and Malindi Marine National Parks and the Kiunga Marine National Reserve. Big-game fishing is a popular sport at Watamu with season being from October to April.