Diani Beach

Destination

Mombasa Holidays

Calm waters and soft sands

As Kenya's oldest and second largest city, Mombasa offers a cosmoplitan mix of cultures. Wander past Arabic, African, Swahili, and European influenced architecture, listen to the rhythm of Taarab music and taste the traditional Swahili street food. We love the rich heritage of Mombasa's Old Town, where you can put your finger on the pulse of Africa's diverse culture.

Leave the heat of the city behind and you'll discover the stunning east African coastline. Retreat to one of our tranquil resorts, located on some of Kenya's top beaches, and you'll feel like you're in paradise with stretches of powdery white sands caressed by turquoise waters. 

Idyllic coastal Mombasa provides a relaxing contrast to the thrills of an action-packed safari – call and speak to one of our Destination Specialists and we'll put together your perfect itinerary. 

Destination Highlights
  • Discover some of Kenya's finest beaches
  • Explore the rich culture of the city
  • Excellent spot for diving, snorkelling and watersports
  • Year-round tropical climate
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +3
  • Currency KES - Kenyan shilling
  • Visa Information British citizens need to obtain a visa for Kenya. This can be booked online before travel or bought on arrival.
  • Language English is widely spoken.
  • Flight Time Approximately 12 hours, there are no direct flights from the UK. Mombasa is a 1 hour flight from Nairobi, which is served directly by Kenya Airways and British Airways.
  • Health Information Special vaccines are required for travel to Kenya. Speak to your GP about the latest medical advice.

Top Tips from our Experts

Natalie

Destination Specialist

“Don’t worry if you don’t decide to book a safari before you go. Most hotels offer one night safaris or even just day safaris – but make sure to book through your hotel or rep in resort.”

George

Destination Specialist

“The best decision I made during my trip was to visit Mombasa town – take a stroll down the streets of the Old Town, rich in history and filled with a mixture of Arabic, Portuguese, British and Asian culture.”

Nick

Senior Destination Manager

“If you’re a foodie, plan a visit to The Moorings in Mtwapa. It's a fabulous floating restaurant that serves great seafood.”

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Kole Kole Swimming pool

Baobab Beach Resort and Spa

Mombasa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,069 pp

Baobab Beach Resort and Spa
Swimming pool

Voyager Beach Resort

Mombasa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,219 pp

Voyager Beach Resort
Serena Beach Hotel

Serena Beach Hotel and Spa

Mombasa

H&J Rating
Serena Beach Hotel and Spa

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa

Mombasa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,129 pp

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa

Types of Mombasa holidays

The Mombasa coast is Kenya's premier beach resort. Just a one hour flight from Nairobi, Mombasa offers miles and miles of beautiful white sand beaches.

Mombasa Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
Safari bus in Tsavo

Mombasa Tours

Tours

Frequently Asked Questions

The main beaches in Mombasa are Nyali Beach, Mombasa Beach and Bamburi Beach - these are some of the most popular. Most beaches here are occupied by hotels, with watersports and diving facilities and swimming is usually possible outside of the monsoon season.

You can take an internal 50-minute flight from Mombasa to Nairobi and then either take the 4–5-hour drive to the Masai Mara or fly via safari plane into an airstrip within the reserve. You can also fly from Ukunda Airport near Diani to the Masai Mara, via Nairobi. 

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