Shimoni with its slave caves is very important historical sight in Kenya and is also one of the best places for diving in Africa!
Shimoni is located on the southern end of the Kenya coast, approximately 30km from Diani beach and 80km from Mombasa. It is the entrance to Wasini Island and is the place of the first prison in east Africa.
Welcome to a port village on the south coast of Kenya, Shimoni
Shimoni was one of the main ports for the slave trade in the past and you will have an opportunity to visit the slave caves, where the slaves had been kept in the past.
The tour of the slave caves is guided by a local member of the community who will explain about the rich history and about the trade. You may also explore British colonial ruins.
This small port on the south coast was the base for African dhows trading between Kenya and Tanzania, but also the Pemba Island and Zanzibar.
With the rich history and relaxed Swahili culture this is one of the most fascinating places for a day tour on the coast.
Shimoni activities and highlights
With an easy access from all beaches of Kenya, it is very popular location for a day tour or safari.
One of the main highlights in Shimoni are also Shimoni forest, fascinating marine ecosystems and the fantastic aromatic smell of cloves brought from Zanzibar. Before Shimoni is located Wasini Island and Funzi Island which are also worth of visit.
Visit Dolphin sanctuary in Shimoni
The dolphin sanctuary is the right place to spot dolphins. Off the coast is the Pemba Channel, which is the best destination for deep sea fishing in Kenya. With Kisite Marine Park, scuba diving in Shimoni is one of the most popular activities. Here you can learn how to dive or even to obtain the Padi certification.
The main industry is agriculture, fishing and tourism. You will find lovely small streets with local shops offering African arts, fabrics and exotic fruits.
There are nice restaurants in Shimoni serving traditional African dishes, some of the best fresh seafood on the coast. Shimoni with its rich history and underwater world is definitely worth of visit!