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Welcome To Eden Beach Apartments

Eden Beach Apartments are fully furnished beach apartments for rental located in Shanzu Beach, Mombasa, Kenya, 18kms from Mombasa airport and 10kms from Mombasa city, the Eden Apartments are self catering serviced apartments ideal for short term and long term rental and come with a choice of 1bedroom apartments or 2bedrooms apartments or 3 bedrooms apartments or even a luxury penthouse all fully furnished with equipped kitchens, Eden Beach Apartments also known as Eden Beach Resort is set in lush tropical gardens on Shanzu beach one of Mombasa most desirable locations, here, guests will find an excellent value, friendly hospitality, they can also enjoy pure tranquility, an unspoiled natural setting, spectacular sunsets, a gorgeous beach, and a mesmerizingly beautiful turquoise lagoon full of coral, tropical fish, dolphins, turtles, and other fascinating marine life, imagine a self catering apartment on the beach, an apartment with a bedroom with a king size bed or twin bed, and a patio with view to the turquoise ocean and white sandy beaches, listening to the calm rhythm of the waves, surrounded by the fascinating nature, the perfect harmony for romance, If you wish to stay completely isolated from the rush & bustle of everyday life, be totally & utterly pampered & have everything at the click of a finger then perhaps the Eden Beach Apartments Mombasa are for you, Welcome to Eden beach apartments where the romantic elegance exudes in the style and comforts of modern age with more to expect when our refurbishment completes in 2015. Ideally located within the prestigious Shanzu Mombasa precinct and elegantly designed with a timeless appeal, Live amongst some of the finest resort style amenities, highly sought after, justly deserved. Once a way of life reserved for the influential and famous, this lifestyle can be yours at Eden Apartments in Mombasa. Bask in the sun at our custom designed garden lagoon style pool or take to the sun drenched beaches that are just a stone throw away, Eden Apartments features a premier address for both business and leisure, each of our luxury apartments feature premium amenities such as beautifully built ceramic entryways and upscale-style bathrooms for relaxation, enjoy coming home to a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and attractive countertops designed with you in mind, residents of our Eden Apartments appreciate the convenience of our spacious closets in every home. At our community, enjoy fantastic amenities such as a beach resort-style swimming pool, a BBQ area with grills and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Our residents enjoy life with the best in high-class living features that include flat TV and much more. For your pleasure, Eden Apartment Hotel also offer free Wi-Fi in common room areas and a fantastic coffee bar exclusive to residents, Eden Beach Resort & Spa offers modern first-class facilities and comprehensive services combining the traditional comforts of home style living with Eden’s premier hotel services. Eden Beach Resort & Spa comprises 31 Ultra-Modern Apartments ranging from 1, 2 and 3 bedroom Apartments and Exclusive Penthouses. All the rooms have balconies overlooking the enchanting Indian Ocean. The residences are stylishly furnished and well-equipped with modern amenities, featuring spacious living and dining areas, work areas and fully-equipped kitchens. Whether traveling for business or leisure, Eden Beach Resort and Spa is your Ideal accommodation choice for short or long term.

Our Apartments

Accommodation units comprise of luxurious 1 Bed Room, 2 Bed Room and 3 Bed Room apartments. The 2 Bed Room and 3 Bed Room apartments will easily convert into fully self-contained rooms offering same luxury.

Features

• Free WiFi
• Express Check in / Check out
• All rooms have a private balcony with ocean view
• Modern state of art sitting lounge
• King size Bed in our granite Bedrooms
• Working desk
• Iron Board/ Iron Box
• Safe Deposit Boxes
• Satellite TVs
• Direct Dial Telephone
• Open American concept kitchen with a Fridge
• Cooker
• Toaster
• Microwave
• Cutleries and utensils
• Air condition
• Fire sensor
• En suite Jacuzzis and Cubical Showers in bathrooms

Our Penthouse

Eden Beach Resort & Spa are luxurious Penthouse apartments located in a serene and beautiful setting of architectural masterpiece with the most breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean.

Eden Beach Apartments Dinning

The Eden Beach Apartments illuminates with gracious hospitality, unrivaled amenities, culinary delights, and a wine and spa experience that you’ll never forget. Each day commences with a sumptuous breakfast at the all day dining restaurant, where classic local dishes are matched by the finest international cuisine. Feast on flame grilled specialties or uniquely vibrant Swahili tastes at our restaurant. Enjoy delicious poolside refreshments and Arab flavours in a stunning beachfront setting. Experience the perfect meeting place at our bar and lounge next to the lobby. Memorable cuisine adds greatly to a memorable vacation, and in Mombasa, dining is one of the true pleasures of your stay. For guests staying in Eden Resort, the restaurant serves everything from deliciously prepared and exceedingly fresh seafood to pizzas and burgers to local-style barbecue to ethnic favorites. Venues range from sit-down meals in scenic settings, to grab-and-go snacks and fast food for busy schedules. The Eden hotel’s concierge team prides itself on being certified destination experts. We are eager to reveal the secret treasures of Mombasa, allow us to facilitate access to some of the city’s most renowned restaurants, exclusive nightlife venues, sporting events, and live entertainment. We specialize in curating an indigenous experience for each guest to ensure that your time in Mombasa will evoke unforgettable memories. Whether your itinerary includes business, pleasure, or both, we will be delighted to assist you. Known for its fresh fare and farm-to-table establishments, We delightfully offer exquisite luncheons and dinners for all occasions: State, Diplomatic, Religious fellowships, High Profile tea or cocktail, wedding receptions and staff parties, Catering can be within or outside the premises. Please contact us for tailor made competitive quote that will not compromise on quality.

Eden Apartments Conference

Your important event, conference or celebration deserves a venue of equal significance a place that will impress your guests and linger in their memories. Eden apartments offer meeting rooms and workshops plus event facilities every bit as impressive as our leisure amenities. Whether you're looking for the perfect venue for your corporate event, an inspirational venue for staff training or team building, or a magical wedding venue, the Eden apartments is the perfect choice. We offer a range of beautiful meeting spaces, each suited to a range of events. Hold your occasion in our iconic conference centre, superb outdoor venues, and spacious restaurant or even on the sparkling Indian Ocean itself. The Eden Resort can host a conference, wedding or other event that every guest will remember fondly. Plenty of flexibility and convenient features make Eden Hotel & Apartments in Mombasa a great choice for meetings, conferences, seminars, banquets, receptions and weddings. Whether you are hosting a cocktail party for 20, a business lunch for 30 or a wedding for 200 guests, our attentive event planners will help you make the right choices and ensure everything is to your liking every step of the way. Eden Hotel is a resort built on inspiration, a self-contained sanctuary of elegance; this is a holiday destination that will linger in the memory of your guests

Eden Apartments Wedding

How have you imagined your wedding to be? A beach wedding style affair filled with elegant beach settings, an enchanting traditional one or a dreamlike wedding? At Eden resort we are equipped to recreate the visions you have in mind for your wedding day. Our wedding specialists advise and guide you through every detail of your special day from choosing a myriad of colour themes to catering options, along with much more, all to assure you the perfect wedding at Eden hotel. The Eden Apartments is an ideal destination and a symbol of uniqueness and splendor. There is a variety of wedding venues available to suit any occasion and style, from exclusive banqueting venues to outdoor areas with stunning views of Shanzu beach, specializing in unforgettable first impressions, surroundings that inspire and culinary expertise your wedding will be one to treasure. We will consult with you to make sure your special day is everything you've envisioned - from your first steps down the aisle to the last dance of the evening. Your dedicated Wedding Specialist will listen and act intuitively so that when the big day arrives you'll be able to relax and enjoy a celebration that is uniquely you. The wedding you've always dreamed of awaits you at The Eden Apartments where our exquisite catering services and dedicated event planners will ensure each and every experience is flawless; we’ll do it all, from wedding rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and wedding reception, to everything in between. Say your vows on a white-sand beach against the vivid hues of a brilliant sunset, or walk down the aisle of a beautifully manicured lawn setting that overlooks the shimmering Indian Ocean. Share your joy with those you love during a picture-perfect wedding reception, in a breathtaking outdoor setting or a stately ballroom. Pamper your guests with exquisite cuisine expertly planned and prepared by our culinary team. Drink in every glorious moment of this day, thoughtfully arranged and perfectly executed by our experienced wedding professionals. Trust us when we say The Eden Apartments boasts event venues as unique as you. When it’s over, it doesn’t have to be over. Take off the dress. Take off the heels. Put on the flip-flops and keep the party going by making plans to ensure your guests are able to enjoy the magic until the wee hours of the morning. Once an impromptu gathering at the closest bar or restaurant, the after-party can now become a “planned” event. Versatile spaces throughout The Eden Resort Mombasa can give wedding parties and guests a lot to choose from. So make sure you connect with your planner to keep the party going. Let the glow continue; spend the morning after your reception sharing memorable moments with your closest family and friends. Reminisce and laugh about all the fun that was had the evening before – how Emmanuel looked like a fool on the dance floor and how delicious the hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails were! From a basic brunch to an elaborate buffet, your loved ones will enjoy saying farewell, and seeing you off on your honeymoon adventure.

Eden Resort Honeymoon

Are you searching for the perfect destination honeymoon to celebrate your marriage in complete relaxation? Eden Resort is not only the most private and beautiful honeymoon holiday location in Mombasa it’s one of the best honeymoon locations anywhere in Kenya. We’ve been welcoming honeymooners to our beautiful honeymoon hotel for many years, and in that time little has changed. Eden resort has managed to retain its natural beauty and steer clear of the commercialism and tourism that plague other Mombasa honeymoon resorts. With a beautiful beachfront setting only minutes from the excitement of Shanzu Beach and plush accommodations enhanced by contemporary furnishings and generous amenities, we make it easy for you to escape the wedding stress and celebrate your marriage in style. Whether you reserve one of our upscale Apartments, or a gorgeous penthouse suite, you're sure to enjoy every minute of your honeymoon at holiday in Mombasa. Create loving and lasting memories during your honeymoon at Eden Resort. Whether you want to spend your days lounging in the sun, pampering yourself at the Spa and enjoying delicious meals at great restaurant, or want to get adventurous with water sports, shopping excursions or late nights out on the town, you'll find that our beach resort caters to every couple. Eden Resort has been voted as one of the most romantic honeymoon vacation destinations in Mombasa and offers the ultimate in luxury honeymoon accommodation.

Eden resort Activities

our swimming pools overlooking the Ocean. There is also a children’s swimming pool as well as a plunge pool. All water activities and aerobics are free of charge for Hotel Guests. If you require instruction then lessons can be booked. Our animation team will indulge you in various outdoor and indoor games including beach volleyball and lots more. Enjoy a Steam treat at our steam room; All sports and recreation facility are available to in-house guests free of charge. Team of experienced therapists perfect in leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed as they practice specialized Massage as you overlook the ocean and Aromatherapy

About Us

At Mombasa Apartments, we can help you find the perfect Apartments in Mombasa you desire, if you can’t seem to decide on what Apartment in Mombasa would suit you best, then you can always contact us for free consultancy, with our Mombasa rental apartments, you can easily find your feet in the glamorous city of Mombasa.! We specialize in short term and temporary housing in Mombasa, Our rental apartments offer the ideal solution for corporate housing or short term stays, this is easy luxury living at its finest, whether you are visiting Mombasa for a temporary stay or are looking for the finest corporate apartments for longer stays, you will find that the quality and value of our apartment in units are unsurpassed, Many of our luxury apartment rentals are situated around the Mombasa, providing stunning views for residents, each unit has been carefully designed with contemporary furnishings and attractive décor, all of our buildings are located in new construction buildings, ensuring the most comfortable stay in a modern environment, we take care to ensure the cleanliness of all of our apartments for every guest, with our spacious rooms and polished appliances, you won’t need to look anywhere else. If you are looking for a furnished apartment in Mombasa for rent that is just a few blocks away from the beach and Indian Ocean and within literal steps of awesome shopping and dining, then you’ve found it! These Mombasa rental apartments are available for 31+ day stays and aren’t just furnished with the large pieces but the smaller pieces and accessories as well. You’ll love having your own washer and dryer set, parking, TV, Espresso machine and cooking and dining utensils, on the bedroom and bathroom you will been well stocked with luxurious and cozy towels, sheets and blankets. All utilities are inclusive in your apartment rental rate and both cats and dogs are welcome with no additional deposit. So what makes these furnished apartments in Santa Monica different than a hotel stay? For one, you will have an actual kitchen and dining area to cook and eat in. No more meals in bed or constant eating in restaurants! Also, you can come and go as you please, just as you would at home, without having to see or speak with others if you aren’t in the mood to. Any weary road warrior can tell you that in itself is reason to rent a Santa Monica furnished hotel instead of a hotel. We pride ourselves on offering the very best in beauty, style, comfort and convenience, the Mombasa apartments are ideal for clients, delegates, corporates, family and friends. We are passionate about the services and facilities that we offer making it a home away from home. Most rooms are equipped with coffee corners, balconies overlooking the beach, private kitchenettes and each room has an attached bathroom plus our Apartment endeavors to provide its clients with an ultra comfortable and convenient stay in Mombasa, our apartment complex offers wifi connectivity, Security services, 24x7 guards, multi-cuisine chefs on call. The decor is understated chic and sleek and the suites are designed to give you the very best serviced apartments in Mombasa, each of the suites is exquisitely designed, well lit and ventilated and offers you the ultimate in luxury, utilities such as electricity, natural gas, heat, air conditioning, cable, and in unit internet Wi-Fi are always included with no usage caps! Beach serviced furnished or hotel apartments are known to provide luxurious living place at affordable cost for your short stay in Mombasa city, usually you can find such short term rental apartments on prime beach locations like Bamburi beach or Nyali Beach or Diani beach or Kilifi beach, these beach apartments are available on monthly, weekly and daily rents, if you specifically talk about Diani beach apartments, it includes apartment building located near the beach, in general terms Mombasa beach apartment include hotel apartments and serviced apartments in the area of Bamburu, If you rent apartment or buy apartment in this area, you can enjoy attractive and luxurious life style during your short stay as holiday maker or expatriate worker, Buying and renting an apartment mainly depend on your personal needs and budget. If you have plans to stay for longer period of time then you must be interested in finding apartments for sale. While in other conditions you will prefer to choose apartments for rent. There is no shortage of short term rental apartments in Mombasa. Those who are planning to stay here for longer time period should consider buying apartment as it will be more cost effective for them in a long run, Studio apartment in Mombasa is an affordable option for single working individuals or expatriates who prefer to live in privacy. You can also choose bigger apartments and share it with your colleagues and friends. Migrants who are living with their family can easily find apartments ranges from two-bedroom to four-bedroom apartments or more, depending upon their budget and family’s size. Serviced apartment is another good option for short stay and it is more affordable as compare to five star hotels in Mombasa. These are fully furnished apartments available on rent for short durations as a week; our serviced apartments are also available for one night only. Such serviced apartments are usually associated with big hotel chains. These apartments in Mombasa provide all services for lodgers as they expect from hotels, these services include 24 hours in house maintenance and gate keeping services at much cheaper rates, furnished apartment in Mombasa is also a very suitable choice forshort stay, these apartments are fully furnished and well equipped with all essential amenities. Renting such a super luxury furnished apartment has become very common in Mombasa, In order to facilitate tenants such furnished apartments are located in best areas like Mombasa beach, some of the high range furnished apartments such as Cowrie Shell Apartments are equipped with all the amenities offered by any five star hotels and offer you an exquisite living experience.

Mission Statement

we are the superior provider for apartments in Mombasa, we have many options to your stay a pleasurable experience as substitute for pricier Mombasa hotels. Whether you are looking for a luxurious hotel apartment or furnished apartment on a short-term basis, we can assist you in meeting your exact needs, we understand that choosing where to stay in Mombasa is a critical part of your travel plans, selecting the right accommodation in Mombasa should be a hassle-free experience, When seeking an apartment to lease, make Mombasa apartments your first choice, by using our service, you will be securing the expertise of a company which provides the leading edge in apartment in Mombasa, we will remove the stress of finding the exact Mombasa apartment for your stay, our simple, easy to use service is a close as the click of a mouse, our apartment in Mombasa finding service ensures you that top quality accommodations will not be a source of worry, you will be able to relax and enjoy your trip, Mombasa is becoming more famous and favorite destination for tourists, holiday makers, investors, this directly increases the demand of short term Apartments options in Mombasa, the Mombasa apartments is one of the best option among other long term rental available, they are capable to catering all needs of renters, Mombasa offers endless options for those who are willing to enjoy the luxury life style.

Mombasa

Mombasa is Kenya's main tourist destination. It is on the eastern coastline of Kenya, bordering the Indian Ocean which has made it a popular destination for its beaches. Mombasa offers a diverse marine life, world-class hotels and friendly atmosphere. There is a tropical climate all year and it is a great destination filled with activities for all ages. Mombasa was founded in the 16th century and has been ruled by the Portuguese, Arabs and British. The city's culture today still exhibits that of its pasts. Historical ruins like Fort Jesus and the Old Town are attractions that display the history in Mombasa. The central part of the city, Mvita, is an island in a river delta, accessed by bridges and from the south by ferries operating around the clock. It is a very cosmopolitan city, and you can see a group of Muslims wearing niqab (here known as "bui bui") and Giryama people wearing almost nothing at the same time and place. Together with Nairobi, it is the only place in the country that has a status as both city and county. Nyali: Also considered a prime and up-market residential area, it is on the mainland north of the island and is linked by the New Nyali Bridge. It has numerous beach front hotels in the area known as the "North Coast". Nyali has two distinct sections - the posh Old Nyali and the upcoming New Nyali. For many residents, Nyali has now become a self-contained residential area, with two Nakumatts, a multiplex cinema, shopping malls, banks, schools and post offices. This often eliminates the need for residents to cross the bridge and to go into the congested Mombasa city centre. Nyali is home for the Nyali Cinemax complex, Mamba Village, the Nyali Golf Club, and some of the most prestigious academic institutions of the Coast Province. Kongowea: is a densely populated area with villages, two sub-locations and an estimated population of 106,180 residents.Kongowea is a cosmopolitan settlement mainly inhabited by people from mainland who migrated into the city in search of employment, mainly in service and manufacturing sector. The area is adjacent to the rich suburb of Nyali which employs a portion of the village residents. They are mainly hired as cheap labour as watchmen, gardeners, masons for upcoming houses and house help. The most well known villages inside Kongowea include Kisumu Ndogo, Shauri Yako and Mnazi Mmoja, despite being located in this prime area, many residents live under extreme conditions – poor sanitation, high crime rate and lack of basic essential amenities like schools, hospitals and tap water. Kongowea is also home to one of the largest open-air markets in the African Great Lakes. Bamburi: also an outlying township (fifteen minutes drive) along the Malindi road. Bamburi is the location of Bamburi Portland Cement Company. Other notable features in the area are the Mijikenda public beach, commonly known as Pirates, and Haller Park, a nature trail and wildlife conservatory. Kiembeni Estate, also in the Bamburi area, hosts around 100,000 residents. The estate has its own supermarket, several retail shops, salons and boutiques, and a number of licensed drinking dens. Bamburi is in the Kisauni sub-county of Mombasa and has some of the best tourist and beach-front facilities in the world which include popular international and local hotels and parks such as Serena International Beach Hotel, Sai Rock Hotel, Kahamas Hotel, Haller Park and Butterfly Pavilion. The establishments include The Shilla Bar, Turkey Base, Stars Garden and Sensera pub. Kiembeni is arguably the largest estate in Mombasa, and growing even faster. Other areas include, Shanzu, Mkomani09, Bombolulu, Kisauni and, across the Mtwapa creek, the popular area of Mtwapa, which is already located in Kilifi county. The North Coast is famous for its broad entertainment industry which attracts locals and tourists as well. The climate is tropical with a major rain season between mid-April and late May and a minor wet season in October and November. Being in the Southern Hemisphere, the summer, with temperatures above +32°C, occurs in January and March. At just 4° south of the Equator, the variation in temperature is relatively small. Mombasa is an important node for all forms of transportation. It is the end of the Transafrican route 8 from Lagos as well as the railway to Uganda. It has an international airport, Moi Airport, and one of Eastern Africa's most important ports, Kilindini, which is also the main port for goods to Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. The flight Nairobi and Mombasa takes some 45 minutes, enough time for a cold drink and a view of the Tsavo East National Park. The flag carrier Kenya Airways as well as the budget airlines Jombo Jet and Fly540 (Five Forty Aviation). Moreover, there are direct flights from European destinations such as Bologna, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Rome, there are also flights from Addis Ababa, Zanzibar, Dubai, Kigali, Istanbul, Moroni, Dar es Salaam. The airport in Mombasa has been newly renovated and has increased the frequency of flights in and out of Mombasa from European cities. Mombasa Airport is the second most important airport in Kenya, after Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi. It is located in Changamwe, 6km from Mombasa Island to which is linked by the roads 110 (Barack Obama Road) and 109. Taxi or shared taxi ("matutu") is the most common way to get to the island from the airport, as of 2014 the fares for a taxi ride is between KES3000, Certain Mombasa hotels offer shuttle services from the airport against a fee. There are also cars to rent. The train ride on board the "Jambo Kenya Deluxe" from Nairobi takes about 10hr and trains are operated by Kenyan Railways. The advantages of traveling by railway are the ability to see wildlife up close. There are three weekly departures in each direction; Monday, Wednesday and Friday night from Nairobi and Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday night from Mombasa. You will travel along the mythical railway leading from Mombasa to Uganda, which was built between 1896 and 1903. First class compartments have two beds, second class has four beds and in third class there are benches. Toilets on board the train are very basic. In the train's restaurant the food is simple but prepared on demand from fresh ingredients. The first class ticket includes dinner and breakfast. For safety, there are police officers on board the train. Buses, while not a major mode of transportation within the city, are mostly used for traveling outside the city. The major player in transportation in Mombasa is Matatu, which are mostly fourteen-seater minibuses, and are quite popular amongst the residents. One way fares from Nairobi are around KES2000 and the trip takes at least 6 hours, or by night bus, 10 hours. Companies operating this line include include Busscar, Coastline Safaris (Coastbus), Mombasa Raha, Simba Coaches and Modern Coast Express. Kenya drives on the left and it will likely take some time to adapt to the local traffic culture. Drive in daytime only and keep the car doors locked, especially in urban areas. In Kenya foreign drivers must have an international driver’s license. These can be obtained through automobile clubs, travel agencies, or from the Road Transport Office located in the Income Tax House in Nairobi. Most car rental agencies are present at least at Nairobi airport. From Nairobi the distance to Mombasa is 525km and the drive takes everything between six and twelve hours, depending on the presence of police controls along the road, congestion on the section between Mariakani and Mombasa and the breaks you take. Voi is a good place to stop for lunch (this is also where buses stop). From central Nairobi, take route 104 (Huhuru Highway) to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Athi River. From there route 109 to Mombasa. There are no traffic lights in Mombasa and the traffic will likely appear chaotic to a westerner. Traffic laws are not respected, even when police are present. There is no regular public transportation network in the city. The closest equivalent are the aforementioned matatus (minivans) of which there are about 3500 (licensed ones have stickers on the windshields) in the city. They're cheap — ask someone at the hotel what the going rate is and don't let them scam you. Don't expect to be comfortable; as the drivers want to take as many passengers as possible, you will often be crammed in like a sardine. As of 2014 a matatu ride starts from KES25-80 but count on paying double if you want a vehicle which conforms to the traffic legislation. Certain lines connect Mombasa and Malandi, the ride taking about two hours at a price of KES120. Mombasa, Kenya's second largest city after Nairobi, offers travelers an exotic taste of the African tropics steeped in centuries of seafaring history. This cosmopolitan tourist hub is actually an island connected by bridges and ferries to the Kenyan coast. Stretching for miles along the mainland to the north and south, Mombasa's beach resorts preside over palm-studded strands fringed by shimmering coral reefs. Tourists from Europe and beyond flock here to enjoy the many watersports - from dolphin spotting trips on traditional dhows and deep-sea fishing, to diving and snorkeling the wrecks and reefs, and basking on the sun-splashed shores. But in the city itself, on the bustling island, a world of history and culture awaits. Thanks to its legacy as the largest port in East Africa, Mombasa is a cultural melting pot. British, Asian, Arabic, Omanis, Indian, and Chinese immigrants have enriched the city's architecture and cuisine, and many mosques and temples grace the city streets. In the Old Town, where fragrant spices waft from local markets, visitors can step back in time and explore the ancient buildings. On the busy harborfront here, the World Heritage-listed Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, is an architectural jewel. Beyond the city, wildlife parks, villages, and ancient ruins round out the wealth of water-based fun.

Mombasa Fort Jesus

Built in 1593-1596 by the Portuguese, Fort Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Mombasa's top tourist attractions. Italian architect, Cairati, designed the structure, which is one of the world's finest examples of 16th century Portuguese military architecture. Built in the shape of a man, the fort was given the name of Jesus as a clear religious reference. The fort changed hands nine times between 1631 and 1875 before finally resting with the British. Although partially ruined, Fort Jesus houses a museum built over the former barracks for the garrison. Exhibits include a vast collection of ceramics and pottery reflecting the various cultures that traded along the coast. Fort Jesus has many battlements and ruined buildings within the compound, including Omani house, built in the late 18th century, which houses Omani jewelry and displays on Swahili life. The Passage of Arches was cut through the coral to give access to the sea.

Mombasa Haller Park

Haller Park is a hit with animal lovers. Formerly called Bamburi Nature Trail, this inspirational project began in 1971 when Dr René Haller transformed the abandoned limestone quarries here into a thriving nature reserve. Dr Haller increased the mineral content of the soil, planted trees, added a fish farm, and created a wildlife park where each animal has a function within the flourishing ecosystem. Wildlife found here includes giraffes, Cape buffalo, zebras, waterbucks, and hippos. The park was also home to a famous interspecies couple that became an Internet sensation after the 130-year-old tortoise, Mzee, adopted Owen, an orphaned hippo. Birds are also abundant in the park. More than 160 species have been introduced to the area including weaver birds, cranes, pelicans, and storks. Walking and cycling paths wind through the groves of casuarina, and a reptile park, palm garden, and crocodile pens are other attractions. A highlight is the giraffe feeding; but be sure to check the times before visiting. Nature trails lead to a butterfly pavilion and the Nguuni Wildlife Sanctuary where herds of ostrich, eland, and oryx are farmed.

Mombasa Marine National Park

one of the busiest of Kenya's offshore reserves, Mombasa Marine National Park protects mangroves, seagrass beds, sandy beaches, and coral reef. Diving and snorkeling are popular activities - especially north of Mombasa, from Mtwapa Creek south to the entrance of Likoni. Seahorses, stingrays, and eels are among the marine creatures inhabiting the reserve, and the MV Dania is a popular wreck dive here. Those wishing to remain dry can view the diverse marine life from a glass-bottom boat. The popular beaches of Nyali, Bamburi, and Shanzu all provide access to the marine park.

North Coast Beaches

the coastline north of Mombasa is a little livelier than the south coast and the resorts are closer to the airport and Mombasa City. Palm-lined beaches, crystal clear waters, coral reefs, and a profusion of water sports, resorts, and entertainment venues provide plenty of tourist action. Mombasa Marine National Park fringes the coast here with multi-hued coral gardens, drop offs, and Kenya's best wreck diving on the MV Dania. Traveling north from Mombasa, Nyali Beach is the first stop. Shops and hotels line the beach here, including Mombasa's first mainland beach resort - Nyali Beach Hotel. Further north, Bamburi Beach and Shanzu Beach are also tourist hubs with a wide range of accommodation from luxury resorts to beach bungalows.

Old Town

On the southeast side of Mombasa Island, the "Old Town" is reminiscent of the days when the Portuguese ruled this important port. The town's inhabitants are mostly of Arab, Asian, and European origin, and the architecture reflects their cultures. Ornately carved doors and balconies adorn the old buildings that jostle cheek to jowl along the narrow streets. History buffs can easily spend a couple of hours here strolling along the atmospheric alleys; snacking at one of the many cafés; and shopping for antiques, fragrant oils, spices, and souvenirs. The Portuguese-built Fort Jesus, one of Mombasa's top tourist attractions, overlooks the harbor here

South Coast Beaches

the coastline south of Mombasa is a world of natural beauty. Turquoise seas lap the sun-bleached beaches where tourists sprawl under rustling palms. Rainforests with abundant wildlife and birds skirt this idyllic stretch of coast, and coral reefs protect the swimming areas from offshore swells. Shelly Beach, just south of the Likoni Ferry, is the closest beach to Mombasa along the south coast. Tiwi Beach, 17 km south of the Likoni Ferry, is a popular spot for sunbathers and snorkelers. Diani Beach is the most developed area along this stretch, but still offers beautiful beachscapes. European package tourists flock here to enjoy the busy lineup of water sports - from windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, and diving to water-skiing and parasailing

Mombasa Tusks

A famous landmark in the city, the Mombasa Tusks were built to commemorate Queen Elizabeth's visit to Mombasa in 1952. Constructed of aluminum, the tusks mark the entrance to the heart of town where visitors will find most of the banks, shops, and markets. The intersecting tusks also form the letter "M" for Mombasa.

Mamba Village Centre

Mamba Village Centre in Nyali is East Africa's largest crocodile farm. Visitors can learn about the life cycle and behavior of these fascinating amphibians, and the center also offers horseback riding and a botanical garden with an aquarium. Orchids and aquatic plants are the specialty, but the gardens also display carnivorous species. A highlight for many visitors is watching the crocodiles fight for tasty morsels during feeding time. Carnivores will love the restaurant, which specializes in game meat such as crocodile, ostrich, and zebra.

Bombolulu Workshops and Cultural Centre

Bombolulu Workshops is a project of the Association for the Physically Disabled in Kenya with four sheltered workshops, a cultural center, and restaurant. At the cultural center, visitors can enjoy tribal dance performances and explore traditional homesteads found throughout Kenya. Guests can also visit the workshops and purchase the handcrafted souvenirs, which include jewelry, textiles, wood carving, and leather crafts. Proceeds help sustain the center's work. After touring the grounds, guests can stop by the restaurant to sample Kenyan-inspired cuisine.

Mombasa Go-Kart

Mombasa Go-Kart is a hit with speedsters and kids of all ages. Zoom around the smooth concrete track in go-karts, bounce around on the off-road buggies, or learn to dig in a Bobcat excavator. After all the excitement, visitors can enjoy a snack at the family-friendly restaurant with computer games, a large playground, and a big screen showing sporting events. The Go-Kart track is floodlit at night.

Wasini Island

generally reached by dhow, Wasini Island is a popular day trip from Mombasa. Dolphins regularly cruise these waters and passengers can stop to snorkel and dive the coral reefs along the way. The island itself is tiny - only 5 sq km. Sightseeing opportunities include visiting Wasini Village, strolling around the coastal scrub where ancient Swahili ruins lie, exploring the exposed coral gardens, and dining on fresh seafood at the small restaurant. The village of Shimoni is the launching point for Wasini Island tours and was once the headquarters of the Imperial British East Africa Company. Here, visitors can explore the Shimoni Caves, thought to hold slaves before their shipment to Arabia

Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park

South of Wasini Island, Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park is a popular spot for snorkeling, diving, and dolphin spotting - usually from the decks of a traditional dhow. The park encompasses four small islands surrounded by fish-rich coral reef. Dolphins frolic in the Shimoni Channel, and humpback whales swim these waters between August and October. Other marine life includes moray eels, angelfish, grouper, snappers, and green sea turtles. Deep-sea fishing is fantastic south to the Pemba channel.

Shimba Hills National Reserve

Shimba Hills National Reserve, about 33 km south of Mombasa, offers a peaceful getaway from the hubbub of the busy beach resorts. Woodlands, waterfalls, lily-topped ponds, savanna, and rainforest provide a home for a rich diversity of plants and animals. Among the rare plants are endangered species of cycads and orchids. The park also protects one of the highest concentrations of elephants in Kenya, along with leopards, sable antelope, and abundant birdlife. Guided forest walks are available, and visitors can cool off in the swimming hole and picnic area at the scenic Sheldrick Falls on the Machenmwana River. Shimba Rainforest Lodge in the reserve is a popular treetop-style lodge with a walkway through the rainforest, viewing platform, and a water hole that lures plenty of wildlife

Gede Ruins

Nestled in lush rainforest, Gedi was one of the ancient Arab towns along the East African Coast, which was probably rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries. Today, visitors can tour the ruins where the Great Mosque, the Palace, coral-stone houses, and pillar tombs have been unearthed. The houses in Gedi display a traditional Swahili style, and some have ancient drawings on their plaster walls. Ming Chinese porcelain and glass as well as glazed earthenware from Persia indicate trade links and a taste for luxury by those who prospered here. These items as well as Spanish scissors and Swahili cultural artifacts are on display in the on-site museum.

Watamu

About 112 km from Mombasa, Watamu is a Swahili fishing village that has blossomed into a small beach resort and offers superb snorkeling and diving. The coast is broken into three coves divided by rocky headlands. Offshore from Watamu is the southern part of the Malindi Marine National Reserve. The forests of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve and the Swahili ruins of Gede are also close by. More than 600 species of fish are found within the marine reserve, and whale sharks and manta rays are seasonal visitors to the reef. Watamu is also a vital turtle breeding area with green and hawksbill turtles as the primary species. Glass-bottomed boats transport visitors to the reefs and provide a window to the kaleidoscopic world of coral and fish. For travelers looking for something other than snorkeling and diving, Watamu offers windsurfing, relaxing on the beach, dolphin-watching trips, and thriving rock pools.

Kilifi Beach

Kilifi is a small beach resort on the banks of Kilifi Creek where yachts bob about in the breeze. One of the top tourist attractions here are the Mnarani Ruins, an ancient Swahili coastal settlement dating back to the early 14th century. A huge baobab tree amongst the ruins is rumored to be the largest on the Kenyan coast. Kalifi is also home to a top notch golf club. At one time, Kilifi could only be reached by ferry but in recent years a bridge was constructed to make it more accessible.