Mombasa Honeymoon Travel Guide
The ancient trading city of Mombasa – gateway to the sparkling Indian Ocean – offers an exciting travel option for adventurous couples who may also have taken in an African safari as part of their honeymoon adventure.
There is a lot more to a honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday in Kenya than tracking down red-robed Masai tribesmen and the ‘big five’ on a game safari.
Just a short distance from Kenya's legendary national parks and game reserves lies an almost uninterrupted stretch of beachfront that stretches north and south of the ancient trading city of Mombasa – gateway to the sparkling Indian Ocean.
Discover a choice of friendly beach resorts including Diani Beach to the south and Bamburi Beach to the north all just a short drive from Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city after Nairobi.
Besides sunbathing and swimming, most of Mombasa's beach resorts are perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving and game fishing as well as spotting marine life such as sea turtles and dolphins.
Away from the great beaches, take a day trip to explore Mombasa’s Old Town, a maze of fascinating narrow alleyways dating back to the 12th century.
Climb the ramparts of Fort Jesus (photo), a chunky fortress originally built in the 16th century by Portuguese colonists to guard the harbour entrance, then improved by subsequent Omani rulers.
Enjoy panoramic harbour views from the thick walls then visit the museum to see interesting artefacts and archaeological excavations.
Visit some of the nearby reserves such as Shimba Hills National Reserve, one of East Africa's last remaining coastal rainforests.
Or head to Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, the largest remaining patch of indigenous coastal forest in East Africa and Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks, which together form Kenya’s largest national park, home to magnificent scenery and numerous wildlife.
More information on sightseeing in Mombasa…
Mombasa offers a wide range of accommodation options, and the nearby beach resorts offer a range of hotels to suit most honeymoon budgets, from charming cottages to exclusive boutique-style hideaways and family friendly resorts, including the following 5-star hotels and resorts…
The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel
Location: Diani Beach, Mombasa
Ave nightly price: AUD1,017 per room
Description: Situated along the sandy Diani Beach, The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel features an outdoor and indoor pool, a restaurant and poolside bar. It also offers a fitness centre and massage services. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms come with elegant décor, a balcony with Indian Ocean views, and a seating area with satellite TV. Some rooms also feature a private pool. The bathrooms include a bathrobe, slipper and free toiletries. Guests can relax by the beach, pool or with a massage. There is also a shared lounge area, library and souvenir shop. The restaurant serves a range of Swahili, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine. The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel is located just 5 km from Ukundu Airstrip and 35 km from Mombasa. Moi International Airport is 50 km away.
Waterlovers Beach Resort
Location: Diani Beach, Mombasa
Ave nightly price: AUD377 per room
Description: Located on Diani Beach with panoramic ocean views, Waterlovers Beach Resort offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant and free WiFi. The accommodation combines Swahili design with a touch of Mediterranean atmosphere. All suites have a private verandah with ocean view. The spacious villa also offers a fully equipped kitchen. Set by the pool and overlooking the ocean, Tides Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with local ingredients. Cocktails and drinks can be enjoyed at Ocean Spirit, the resort's beach bar. Activities at the resort or in the surrounding area include snorkeling, kayaking, diving, kite and windsurfing. Waterlovers Beach Resort has a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a children's playground. Airport shuttles and bicycle rental can be arranged. The Shimba Hills National Reserve can be reached within 30 minutes by car. The resort is 35 km away from Mombasa.
Serena Beach Resort & Spa
Location: Shanzu, Mombasa
Ave nightly price: AUD362 per room
Description: Situated directly on the white sandy beach of Shanzu, Serena Beach Hotel & Spa offers panoramic views over the Indian Ocean. Guests can dine beside the outdoor pool in the extensive tropical gardens. All of the spacious, air-conditioned rooms feature Swahili-style décor with beds surrounded by a mosquito net. Each room is equipped with a TV, minibar and private bathroom. Serena Hotel contains a variety of indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars, many of which play lively music. Room service is available and guests can enjoy a cocktail on their private balcony. Breakfast is served in the garden terrace. A variety of outdoor activities are available including volley ball, pedalos, windsurfing and yachting. After an active day guests can relax with a massage in the Maisha Spa and Health Club. Free private parking is available on site and there is free Wi-Fi throughout. The 24-hour front desk can organise an airport shuttle to Moi Airport 18 km away.
The Sands at Nomad
Location: Diani Beach, Mombasa
Ave nightly price: AUD305 per room
Description: Nestled in an indigenous coastal forest with a garden and a palm-fringed beach, The Sands at Nomad is located in Ukunda. It features an outdoor pool, a spa area and restaurants. The spacious accommodations are individually designed and combine mahagony furniture with Swhaili design. Each room is fitted with a minibar and air conditioning. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and towels. Some of the rooms have a spa bath. A tropical breakfast is served at the main restaurant, which is also open for lunch and dinner. There is a sushi bar and a pizzeria. Cocktails, refreshments and snacks can be enjoyed at the pool bar. Other facilities at The Sands include a watersport centre, a fitness centre, a 24-hour front desk, a gift shop and a tour desk. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving and snorkelling. An 18-hole golf course is located 2 km from the hotel. Moi Airport is 42 km away and airport shuttles can be arranged for a surcharge.
Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa
Location: Bamburi Beach, Mombasa
Ave nightly price: AUD351 per room
Description: Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa is situated in Mombasa on one of the longest beachfronts protected by the Mombasa Marine Park. It features 4 outdoor swimming pools, 3 restaurants and a beachside nightclub. Each air-conditioned room at Whitesands offers ocean, pool and garden views. It comes equipped with a satellite TV a minibar and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. The bed is draped in mosquito nets. Minazi Café serves a snack and kids menu while Lido Seafood Grill is a fine dining restaurant serving seafood and steak. Tulia Health Bar serves health meals and Cocos Beach Bar has an open-air disco. Guests can enjoy a beauty treatment in the spa or have a good work out in the gym. A PADI diving centre and a host of water sports are also available. Free Wi-Fi is available and there is a floodlit tennis court for the more active guests. Excursions to Forte Jesus, Old Town, Elephant Tusks and Haller Park Bamburi can be arranged.
The best time to visit Mombasa is from January to March when the chance of rain is low and temperatures average 28°C (82°F) with a high of 33°C (91°F).
For more climate info: Mombasa Weather Guide…
Mombasa is located 85km north of the Tanzanian border and around 487km southeast of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
The most convenient route is via the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, with regular direct flights to Mombasa taking one hour. Alternatively, take the overnight sleeper from Nairobi and savour one of Africa’s classic travel experiences.
More information on how to get to Mombasa…
Latest update about Mombasa honeymoon destination: 21 February, 2017