With Rhonda away for Thanksgiving at a conference in DC, I took the kids on a mini-vacation to the Kenyan Coast - Sand Island Beach. We took an early morning flight from Nairobi to Mombasa. During the flight we even got a glimpse of snow covered Mt. Kilimanjaro. Upon landing in Mombasa the humidity was very noticeable - hadn't felt that in many months. Since Nairobi is at such a high altitude there is none. We jumped in a cab and stopped in a supermarket so we could stock up for the next three days. I had debated going to all-inclusive resort (with kid's clubs, pool, restaurants, etc.) or a self-catering cottage kind of place, in the end I decided on the latter since it was a lot cheaper and the place I identified seemed amazing. So that was the reason for the stop at the market.
By lunch time we had made it to our slice of paradise.... ahh it was gorgeous!
I did hire a cook for the three days we were there - it was very much worth it, as all the cooking, cutting, cleaning was all taken care of. That certainly contributed to the pleasant weekend. We even bought fish from the local fishermen and he cooked and cleaned them - one night we had the local shrimp too - delicious!
Our first afternoon we took a short boat ride to see starfish - the kids loved it. The next day we walked to the African Pool
and swam into a cave. The fish were amazing, besides their beautiful
colors there was also a school of tiny fish that always kept the shape
of a larger fish - very neat. The rest of the day was spent lounging
around and walking out to the sand bar. The next day we went back to
the star fish to take some pictures and I went snorkeling in ocean past
the reef. Sadly in the afternoon it was time to leave and catch our
flight... All reports from the kids said it was a super weekend - two
big thumbs up!