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|Whether its rest or recreation, you'll find something to suit on the North Coast.|
The coastal resorts of the North Coast offer a full range of water sports including sailing, waterskiing, jetskiing, parasailing and more. Nyali, Vipingo, Kikambala and Shanzu are home to a wide range of World Class resorts with fine cuisine and services.
A range of boats can be hired to explore the coast, including Hobie cats and sailing skiffs. Sea Kayaks are also widely available, and are ideal for exploring remote coves and sheltered bays.
Kilifi Creek is a good place for those looking to charter yachts. Both yachts and crews are available for private charter. the coast of Kenya is a great place to explore by yacht, or the perfect base from which to set sail for Zanzibar to the South or the Red Sea to the North. Other yachting anchorages along the coast include Mtwapa, Shimoni and Mombasa.
SCUBA Diving and Snorkelling- Divers will not be disappointed on the North coast. There are several world class dive sites. Diving is generally good all year round, although visibility lessens during July and August due to silting and high seas. Best sites are at Mtwapa and Barracuda Reef. These are some particularly good outer reef dives, with long drop offs and plenty of life on the walls. On the outer edge of Barracuda reef there are large shoals of angel and butterfly fish, and the occasional green turtle or massive whale shark are seen here.
In February-March each year, there are almost guaranteed sightings of Whale Sharks on outer reef dives along the Kenyan Coast. The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, measuring up to 18 metres and weigh up to 20 tons. It feeds on platonic creatures and small fish, and has only tiny teeth.
In Kiswahili, the whale shark is called “papa shillingi” translating as “shark covered in shillings.” There is a local legend that God was so pleased when he created this beautiful fish that he gave his angels handfuls of gold and silver coins to throw down from heaven onto its back. So it goes that whale sharks have their magical markings and swim near the surface catching the sun on their backs as a way of saying thank you to their Maker.
Based in Diani beach (on the South Coast) the East African Whale Shark Trust (EAWST) was founded in 2005 in response to the increase in the whale shark population along the Kenyan coast as well as increased interest from the tourist sector.
Africa's best wreck dive is found off Nyali Beach, just a short distance from Mombasa. The 80 metre MV Dania was scuttled by Buccaneer Diving offshore here in 2002. Lying in around 40 metres of water, the 3 storey former cattle carrier is an ideal place for anyone wanting to try wreck diving for the first time, with the upper deck housing a purpose built obstacle course that serves as a training area for wreck diving students.
Experienced wreck divers can penetrate all 3 levels of the ship, before making an exit through the main funnel. The Dania has become a thriving artifical reef, home to an incredible diversity of marine life.
For a unique dive, the Vuma Caves should not be missed. This series of caves are found near Kilifi Creek, about 20 metres beneath the surface on the face of some seaside cliffs. The open sea here is a good place to spot dolphins, while the interior of the caves is a refuge for very large grouper and barracuda. After exploring the caves, divers exit through a 10 metre chimney to emerge into the reef above.
There are many dive operators in this area, both private and those attached to resorts. Equipment, boats, refills and dive guides are all provided. International PADI, NAUI and SSI standards of safety and quality are all maintained. Full courses with qualified instructors and international SCUBA certification are available.
There are plenty of shallow inner reef coral gardens for snorkelling and skin diving .
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Big game fishing is widely available on the North coast. There are plenty of qualified operators in Bamburi, Mtwapa and Kilifi. Excellent boats with state of the art equipment are available for full and half day charter. The main game fish include Sailfish and Marlin, Kingfish, Wahoo, Horse Mackerel and others. A tag and release program ensures eco-friendly fishing. Big game fishing can be arranged in season (December-March).