Get to Know Mombasa
The city is polluted and traffic-filled, but some of the beaches further south are popular for mass tourism
Mombasa today is Islamic, and so is most of the East African coastline and the Indian Ocean islands. The once bustling coastal city and its beaches are no longer so frequently visited, a result of the recent conflict with Somalia and Al Shabaab. Like Dar es Salaam, Mombasa has infrastructure problems, and pollution and traffic add to its lack of appeal. There are still daily flights from Europe, and flights to all-inclusive beach resorts from Italy in particular.
If you do find yourself in Mombasa, you can visit the Portuguese Fort Jesus, Tiwi Beach and old town Mombasa. Explore north Mombasa via Mtwapa Creek or venture to the more famous beaches south of Mombasa. Diani Beach is well known, but we recommend going even further south if you want to enjoy your time in peace and quiet.