Things to do
Tread the waters at Malindi Marine Park and you’ll encounter colourful coral reefs, sea grasses and mangroves. Book a glass-bottomed boat tour to peer into the underwater world as you drift on the ocean. Or don a snorkel and flippers and head for the waves on a private snorkelling adventure. If you’re lucky you’ll meet Green and Hawksbill turtles, angelfish and lobsters. There are over 300 species of fish to discover.
The moon-like landscape of the Marafa Depression is a staggering sight. Known locally as Hell’s Kitchen or Nyari – ‘the place broken by itself’ – it’s an ochre-hued sandstone stretch of gorges and gullies 30km from Malindi. At different times of day the rocks can appear pink, white and then orange as the sun dips below the horizon. A little closer to the coast is the Gedi National Monument – the crumbling remains of an old Swahili town. Abandoned in the 17th or 18th century, the forest now snakes around these eerie ruins.
If you can bear to leave the white sands, visit Malindi’s old town and its bustling market. You’ll find a vast array of stalls and local craftsmen selling carvings and curios, from African drums to sandals made from old tyres.