Malindi is located about 25 km north of Watamu.
Archaeological findings show the presence in the area of various Bantu cultures since the ninth century, but the exact historical origins of the city are still unknown.
There are reports about the ancient Malindi in travel chronicles. Chinese and Arab traders are mentioned as well as the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, and the most recent European settlers who transformed Malindi in the current, lively coastal town that has become.
The majority of the local population lives on agriculture and fishing, but the city’s economy is mainly based on international tourism.
Malindi is well known for its white beaches and its coral reef.
Many of the beaches are protected areas, also because in some of these beaches the sea turtles come to lay their eggs.
The two marine parks of Malindi and Watamu form a wide stretch of coast south of the town and are the destinations of beautiful “blue safari” in which dozens of marine species can be observed.
Malindi is also a very popular destination among lovers of deep-sea fishing, already practiced by Ernest Hemingway, who was deeply in love with the coastal towns of Kenya.