Idyllic Living Magazine

Malindi Marine National Park

From swimming with zebra fish to windsurfing, this beautiful slice of Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline is the perfect getaway. The Park is endowed with magnificent resources such as fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, seagrass beds, mangroves, mudflats, marine mammals, turtles and various species of shorebirds. Visitors can also enjoy glass bottom boat rides, snorkeling, camping and beach walks in this veritable paradise. 

Malindi was once a thriving trading post thanks to the exploration and landing of Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama. When the trading posts were moved to Mombasa in the late 16th century. The town saw a decline in stature in the late 1800s, when Sultan Majid of Zanzibar conquered Malindi. It then served as a hub for the slave trade until the end of the 19th century, when under then British Rule, slavery was abolished. Nearby Watamu is the site of the Gedes Ruins, an exemplary example of early Swahili architecture and a once-thriving community.

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