There are plenty of unique things to do in Malindi. A small town along the northern coast of Kenya that’s rich in history and culture. It’s also known for its beautiful beaches and rustic beach hotels, making it one of the best holiday destinations in Kenya.
While in Malindi, you can visit a museum, go snorkeling or scuba diving, catch sunrises, and plenty more. You can also take a day trip to a national park for a wildlife safari or to Mombasa for some historical sites. After these experiences, I recommend relaxing on a beach or eating at a local restaurant.
My attraction for Malindi is based on my love for history and relaxation. The place is like a living museum which I often revisit to see what’s changed. Many explorers and tourists have passed by Malindi, while others have called it home for ages.
Travelers like Ernest Hemingway, Zheng He, and Vasco da Gama were here and left their marks. However, it’s the locals, residents (mostly Italians), and tourist attraction sites that make the place most magical.
As a local Kenyan and someone who has visited the coast several times, I’m excited to share with you my favorite Malindi attractions. I have also included information on how to get there, the best places to stay, and restaurants. Even though it’s quite small, there are so many places to visit in Malindi – make sure to add it to your Kenya itinerary!
Best Things To Do in Malindi
Check out this list of some of the most exciting places to see and things to do in Malindi. It’s based on attractions I’ve visited and fun activities that I’ve experienced myself. Traveling around Kenya is exciting and the coast and Malindi have a lot to offer visitors.
1. Go Scuba Diving or Deep Sea Fishing
The Kenyan coast contrasts the wild deserts, safari parks, and beautiful landscapes upcountry, and this is why many visitors head south for the sand, sun, and sea. However, it’s not devoid of adventure.
For those inclined to scuba diving, the coral reefs in Malindi are some of the most beautiful in the world. They’re filled with various species of marine life, including colorful fish (like snappers, filefish, angelfish, and groupers). Thousands of divers flock there yearly to plunge and marvel at the world beneath the surface.