Mombasa Marine National Park & Reserve

South Coast

The offshore Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve has impressive marine life, although it cops some pollution from industry in the area. You can hire glass-bottomed boats for a couple of hours for around KSh2500 (excluding park fees), but you'll need to be seriously silver-tongued to whittle the price down that low.

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Nearby South Coast attractions

1. Kenyatta Beach


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2. Nyali Beach

1.17 MILES

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3. Haller Park

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4. Bamburi Beach

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Lined with a couple dozen hotels, Bamburi Beach is a 6km stretch of palm-shaded white sand. Outside low tide, the waters are good for swimming, and there…

5. Mamba Village Crocodile Farm

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6. Mandhry Mosque


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7. Fort Jesus


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8. Old Law Courts

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