This Frequently asked questions (faq) page will give you answers to the questions we get asked the most about Malindi. This includes travel, hotels, beaches, attractions, what to do, weather, maps, beach resorts, lifestyle, Malindi town photos, distances between Malindi and other towns and even about its security
The question whether Malindi is Malindi safe for tourists or not has been in the mind of many tourists especially with news outlets both locally and internationally reporting incidents of terror attacks in some parts of the coast of Kenya, especially in Lamu County. The distance between Malindi and Lamu is approximately 137 kilometres on a straight line. This puts Malindi town or its environs very far away from places with terror activities. Moreover, hotels have invested a lot in security over the last few years to ensure that the safety of their guests is guaranteed.
Naturally, people of Malindi are kind and welcoming, and it has been inscribed in their culture to be welcome. However, some sections of historians claim that the reason why rulers of Malindi welcomed the Portuguese is basically due to their rivalry with the people of Mombasa. Since Portuguese was a new formidable European power, creating an alliance and friendship with them would come handy during times of war.