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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Mombasa Channel

Kenya

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 4° 21.836' S
Longitude: 39° 33.83' E

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 Access

Fly or drive into Mombasa, use ferry to cross to south shore. You can see the break from the ferry as it breaks at the mouth of the harbor entrance. Access is a long paddle from the southside.

English (Translate this text in English): Fly or drive into Mombasa, use ferry to cross to south shore. You can see the break from the ferry as it breaks at the mouth of the harbor entrance. Access is a long paddle from the southside.

English (Translate this text in English): Fly or drive into Mombasa, use ferry to cross to south shore. You can see the break from the ferry as it breaks at the mouth of the harbor entrance. Access is a long paddle from the southside.

English (Translate this text in English): Fly or drive into Mombasa, use ferry to cross to south shore. You can see the break from the ferry as it breaks at the mouth of the harbor entrance. Access is a long paddle from the southside.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-coral

DirectionRight and left

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Ordinary, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
- Pollution
- Sharks

 Additional Information

While the barrier reef in Kenya is better for diving, there are some waves. This wave is easily visible from the ferry building on Mombasa Island. It is where the barrier reef bends around to form a natural entrance for the ships coming and going from the harbor.
Reef is large with many sections and shifting peaks. Rights are prefered and the prevailing south wind blows offshore as they wrap around. No one around with short shoulders and long lines all over the place. A bit chaotic but could be fun. Sharks could be a problem due to the real deep water right off the reef.

English (Translate this text in English): While the barrier reef in Kenya is better for diving, there are some waves. This wave is easily visible from the ferry building on Mombasa Island. It is where the barrier reef bends around to form a natural entrance for the ships coming and going from the harbor.<br />Reef is large with many sections and shifting peaks. Rights are prefered and the prevailing south wind blows offshore as they wrap around. No one around with short shoulders and long lines all over the place. A bit chaotic but could be fun. Sharks could be a problem due to the real deep water right off the reef.

English (Translate this text in English): While the barrier reef in Kenya is better for diving, there are some waves. This wave is easily visible from the ferry building on Mombasa Island. It is where the barrier reef bends around to form a natural entrance for the ships coming and going from the harbor.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Reef is large with many sections and shifting peaks. Rights are prefered and the prevailing south wind blows offshore as they wrap around. No one around with short shoulders and long lines all over the place. A bit chaotic but could be fun. Sharks could be a problem due to the real deep water right off the reef.

English (Translate this text in English): While the barrier reef in Kenya is better for diving, there are some waves. This wave is easily visible from the ferry building on Mombasa Island. It is where the barrier reef bends around to form a natural entrance for the ships coming and going from the harbor.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Reef is large with many sections and shifting peaks. Rights are prefered and the prevailing south wind blows offshore as they wrap around. No one around with short shoulders and long lines all over the place. A bit chaotic but could be fun. Sharks could be a problem due to the real deep water right off the reef.

Atmosphere

Beautiful coast, warm water and weather and huge cargo ships slipping by you as they head in and out of Mombasa harbor.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful coast, warm water and weather and huge cargo ships slipping by you as they head in and out of Mombasa harbor.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful coast, warm water and weather and huge cargo ships slipping by you as they head in and out of Mombasa harbor.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful coast, warm water and weather and huge cargo ships slipping by you as they head in and out of Mombasa harbor.

General

Beaches are lined with resorts and private residences. Locals are great capitalists with ample shopping opportunities and guide services. Photo safaris can be arranged to Tsavo East Wildlife Refuge or Shimba Hills.

English (Translate this text in English): Beaches are lined with resorts and private residences. Locals are great capitalists with ample shopping opportunities and guide services. Photo safaris can be arranged to Tsavo East Wildlife Refuge or Shimba Hills.

English (Translate this text in English): Beaches are lined with resorts and private residences. Locals are great capitalists with ample shopping opportunities and guide services. Photo safaris can be arranged to Tsavo East Wildlife Refuge or Shimba Hills.

English (Translate this text in English): Beaches are lined with resorts and private residences. Locals are great capitalists with ample shopping opportunities and guide services. Photo safaris can be arranged to Tsavo East Wildlife Refuge or Shimba Hills.

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By Anonymous , 12-07-2010

No surf in Kenya - Been cruising the Kenyan coast for the past 3 months and can tell you that there is absolutely no surf there. Well if you like 1-2ft dribblers then its all for you. Even went down when the charts were showing 3mt plus swell and offshore winds and found nothing.....cruised outer reefs , sandbars , points and nothing bigger than 2 ft. The only things bigger than 2 ft are the Tiger sharks and Zambezi's which lurk around.Dont waste your time here...try other wave rich destinations

By cris@pieminister.co.uk , 16-02-2007

surf in kenya in september / october - Hi Everyonehow's it going?I'm getting hitched in september (woohoo) and we're looking at honeymoon spots, with Kenya right up on the list, apart from a lack of surf? (more important to me than my missus, funnily enough)have you got any thoughts on it, or any advice you can give?cheerscris

By Kiambiroiro , 10-02-2007

Be Good - Hey Boy,You got yourself a few questions to think about.Mombasa is not far for me. I travel regularly although am not from there.This means be extra nice to them who are from there. I know there are a few who dislike european surfers.If you are good though, they should not hasstle you and may even watch to learn yes?If you travel with friends maybe find your own quite wave, but if not, then don't, too many things to worry about alone.If you are good, no problems, if not, just be carefull and extra nice.But do not panic, I'm sure you will have fun.Have a nice time.K

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