Malindi is situated about 120 km north of Mombasa just a little south of the equator. The district has a coastline of 155 kilometres,The small town of Malindi is at the centre of a strip of idyllic tropical beaches offering the visitor a range of world class resorts and quiet relaxing hideaways. Further south, the sleepy
village of Watamu is fronted by wide white beaches.
This tranquil haven is home to several well established resorts, and many private guesthouses scattered through the forest along the deserted shore. At Watamu a Marine National Park has been established, an ideal day trip for divers and snorkelers alike.
Malindi has journeyed through many eras with much pomp and flair from the time of the early Chinese and Arab traders to the Portuguese sailors and later the European settlers who alongside other investors have transformed Malindi into a reputable destination of tourism importance. The landscape is predominantly plain. The district rises gently from the beach up to an elevation of 300 metres. It is generally hot and humid throughout the year. The long rains come from april to July and the short rains from October to November. The mean daily temperature is around 22o Celsius minimum and 30,5o Celsius maximum. The vegetation zones ranges in the district from mangroves and swamps to tropical monsoon forest, lowland dry forest to savannah and bush land in the hinterland. Most of the area up to 10 miles from the coastline is cultivated.
Northwest of Malindi is the spectacular Marafa Depression, locally known as Nyari and popularly known as Hell's Kitchen. An extensive series of sandstone gorges and sheer gullies, this unique and otherworldly landscape has become part of local folklore. The thick jungles of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest reserve hide a world of wonders. In the cool of the forest winding paths will take you in search of rare endemic birds and mammals, and visiting herds of Elephant. The forest holds another secret, the lost town of Gedi, a deserted trading Swahili town hidden deep in the forests, whose winding passages and crumbling walls tell of a long and mysterious past. Walk through the Forest, explore the mangroves by boat, dive on the reef or try your hand at big game fishing with the space and freedom to relax, unwind, and soak up the atmosphere. The revival of the architectural industry and carpentry specializing in local wood artifacts is something to be savored by all visitors. Malindi has got various woodcarvers who can make very unique furniture and also the famous Lamu beds.
The gateway to Malindi and Watamu is Mombasa, although some visitors fly directly to Malindi. The Coastal highway runs north of Mombasa all the way to Kenya’s northern frontier. Malindi airport has daily scheduled flights to Mombasa, Nairobi and Lamu. The airport also serves Private Charters.