The plan was set. The beach was the location and I honestly had not sorted out much of the trip except for the certainty that the last weekend would be spent in Watamu. We landed in Mombasa mid-week and hired a car to make the road trip worthwhile.
ROAD TRIP BEGINS.
I wanted to show my friends my fave places growing up and all the old spots I had my childhood memories at.The 1st couple hours were spend driving through town and to Florida coasts view point. Right where everyone hangs out at dusk staring into the ocean even though the sunset is happening behind-on the opposite side from the water.
We checked out some street food and hit old town for a little walk by Fort Jesus, then through the streets with Swahili style homes and restaurants. The vibe was very much chill, ancient and dreamy reflecting African arabic cultural variations. All this was evident from the groups of old men having their chai, strong scents of coconut oil from the little factories, distant echoes of call for prayers at the Masjid and elaborately decorated wooden doors every few steps along the path.
We then drove across the bridge to nyali from Mombasa island for lunch. We relaxed by the pool enjoying some sundowners by sunset.The next day I had a walk by the beach at sunrise. It had been a rainy night and a lot of sea weed had been washed up the beach. I decided it would be a better idea to visit a different beach after breakfast. We went to the beach by serena in mtwapa and later came back to nyali for some cocktails by the marina. It wasn’t the smartest decision seeing as we booked dinner at moorings which was literally closer to mtwapa the place we had just come from. As it was the last night together in Mombasa we decided it was worth the hustle. A short drive through light traffic later that evening and we found ourselves lost in the beautiful ambience of the moorings. Its literally one of my favourite restaurants in Mombasa and the food never disappoints!
The next morning we drove to Ukunda in south coast, the plan was 2 days there, then drive to Malinda and watamu. From the moment we arrived at our accommodation we embraced a ‘super vacation mode’ got rid of the car changed into beach wear and headed for lunch at the Sands.Once we realised the water-sports centre had been closed we wasted no time stripping down, getting comfortable on the beach chairs and appreciating the great cocktails that came with a good ass view. Most of that afternoon was spent lounging in the sun. It wasn’t until sunset that we got the idea to get on paddle boards and watch the sun set from the ocean. As a not entirely sober individual I knew I was opting for the sunset dhow cruise instead, it would be safer and more comfortable. It was such an exciting experience, the stunning dramatic sunset, perfect company, funny sailors, reflections over a beautiful ocean. I could not have wished it to be different in any way. We went back to the restaurant by the water-sports centre to meet up our friends who we could not spot, it was dark,they were still out in the water. They joined much later, since we had already started to grab some snacks so we all had dinner there. It was the perfect beach side location, well lit, secure , relaxing sound of waves crushing consistently that evening.
On the final day we started out driving back to the ferry to cross to Mombasa island then head to watamu. By the time we got to Nyali we were hungry and tired of sitting still. We went to Yulz aquadrom to grab a late lunch, chill by the beach and do some jet skiing. After over-indulging on some great pizza, chicken and ice cream I succumbed to the eat-sleep-repeat cycle by napping hard in the sun.
It was dark and late by the time we got to watamu that night. After struggling a bit with google maps we found our villa and joined the rest of the group. It was a nice setting, with lovely people and lots of food and drink.
The rest of the weekend was super chill. It involved a lot of ‘celebrating’ little adventures-the most exciting being renting out motor bikes and on tuktuk to extend the road trip to malindi. We went to some cool restaurants there, checked out Vasco da gama’s pillar. While some of us went to gedi ruins I found myself exploring beach front restaurants to find us the perfect place to chill.This happened at kilili where everyone joined late afternoon for more food and drinks.