Malindi has maintained a big reputation for hospitality to strangers since the times of Vasco da Gama. It has most serene environment, and despite frequent travel advisories, which have had a hit on Malindi, a quick glance of some of the hotels, bars and restaurants, normalcy is written everywhere. Many is cosmopolitan, although others would say it is a slip towards cultural anonymity. Malindi’s uniqueness sets it apart from Mombasa or Lamu. It has clinged on its rich Swahili characteristics that are exhibited by the old town in Shella; Giriama dances and cultural activities and the bustling of native kenyans from differents part of Kenya. Malindi has established itself as a base and stopover to attractions such as the Ruins of Gedi, Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Mida Creek & Boardwalk and a journey to the tranquil Lamu. On it’s own, Malindi has inclined mostly towards beach tourism.
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Top things to do in Malindi
Malindi has some of the best things to do which some people might refer to them as saving graces of this coastal town. The first one huge coral reef south of Malindi town centre. This coral reef is part of the Malindi Marine National Park and Watamu Marine National Park Ecosystems.
The two Marine National Parks and Reserves ecosystems combined, make up one of the best stretches on the coast of Kenya. Amazingly, the Malindi fish have become accustomed to humans who frequently visit these Marine Parks. The fish swarm in front of your mask making a kaleidoscopic snowstorm leaving you in awe!
Malindi is also known as a game-fishing centre that has been having regular deep sea fishing competitions. The town is home to the Malindi Sea Fishing Club, the oldest fishing club in East Africa. Founded in the late 1950s, the club has been the centre of Kenya’s biggest game-fishing competition. Moreover, it has an advantage of being placed in one of the biggest fishing grounds within the Kenyan Coastline.
No trip to Malindi is complete without a date with a surf board. The resort town has established itself as a windsurfing and kifesurfing resort. With good-sized waves coming into the Malindi bay you cannot resist them. Except for periods between end of May to Early September where we experience Kusi (Southerly monsoon winds ), the rest of the year are the best.
After a long day interacting with mother nature, a human touch is all you need. The unique old Swahili architecture in Shela, a couple historical sites, a bustling local market, spice shops, hotelis and plenty of reasonably priced lodgings are just about what it needs to balance out the many tourist boutiques, beauty salons and tour safari agencies.
The Italian influence and presence of resident expats have brought the Malindi town cultural riches that cannot be found anywhere in Kenya. In fact Malindi boasts of some of the best italians pizzas and ice cream in the whole of Africa.