1 Fort Jesus
Seven centuries of coastal history are on show in Mombasa’s fascinating castle-museum.
2 Tiwi Beach
The reef is close to the shore here, and there are some excellent, low-key cottage developments.
3 Kaya Kinondo
Explore the first sacred forest to be opened to visitors with a knowledgeable community guide.
A tiny, undeveloped island community, with wonderful diving and snorkelling.
5 Arabuko Sokoke Forest
East Africa’s largest tract of indigenous coastal forest offers excellent guided walks and the chance to see monkeys and lots of birds and butterflies.
Try to visit this lost city first thing in the morning or as the sun goes down, when the ruins are at their most atmospheric.
The stunning bays, islets and casuarina-shaded beaches are matched by glorious coral gardens and good diving opportunities.
A compelling, history-soaked city-state and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with no roads or vehicles.