Kenya offers many safari options including Tsavo East and West, Masai Mara and Ambesoli. Ocean Beach Resort & Spa collaborates with various reputable safari adventure companies and for those looking to take part in a safari; we can work individually with you to ensure a tailor made trip that fits your needs.
Located off the Lamu road, after the Sabaki River in the Marafa Depression, this natural landscape of eroded gulleys and valleys has interesting features in it like the cathedral and towering columns. Mambrui town:
This 5th century town is off the Lamu road in north Malindi after the Sabaki River. It has a centuries-old pillar tomb with porcelain bowls of the Ming dynasty.
This is the most well-known Swahili site on the East African coast, located 16 kilometres south of Malindi.
Founded in the 12th century AD, Gede was a large and prosperous town, which flourished until it was abandoned in the 17th century. Excavations unearthed the ruins of the big mosque, the royal house and the royal tombs.
A walk through this ancient town reveals a fascinating time in history.
Watamu Marine Parks
Established in 1968 Malindi and Watamu Marine Parks were the first of their kind in Africa. The marine parks teem with diverse coral kingdoms and varied coloured fish species like Angel, Butterfly, Surgeon and Trigger fishes. The marine department offers glass bottom rides for a fee for tourists to view the aquatic marvels. Boats can be hired privately for half day or full day excursions. Scuba diving and snorkelling can also be facilitated.
Vasco Da Gama Pillar
Situated on the seafront road near the jetty, the pillar is one of the oldest remaining monuments in Africa.
It was built in 1498 by the great Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama as a sign of appreciation for the welcome he received from the Sultan of Malindi.
The cross on the pillar was tested and found to be made of Lisbon limestone, proving that it is the original cross, placed at Malindi in 1498.
It’s in a historic building dubbed “House of Columns” on the sea promenade near the jetty.
The museum offers exhibitions on the history of Malindi and a prehistoric fish that has remained unchanged for 400 million years, caught in a net a few years ago by local fishermen.
Combine the museum with a stroll through Malindi’ old town and visit Vasco da Gama’s pillar, the Portuguese chapel built before St. Francis Xavier visited Malindi in 1542; Tanzini’s art gallery, the new Coastal Cultural Museum which was once the District Officer’s office where the Mast Pond or Sail Monument of Portugal stands, a monument erected in honour of Prince Henry the Navigator as a memorial to mark 500 years since his death in 1460.