Mombasa Marine Reserve was formed first, to protect the precious coralheads and their resident marinelife from damage by over-fishing and trophy collecting (relics, shells, coral etc). Coral species include: branching (acropolra), encrusting (turbinaria) and massive (porites). As the original trading and slaving port of Kenya, the national park opened recently with the support of local hoteliers to prevent further stripping of natural treasures from the reef in order to preserve its ecological and tourist attraction. Beaches with marine park access: Nyali, Bamburi and Shanzu.
Mombasa town is a fascinating mix of the traditional and the modern.
The 14th Century Fort Jesus and Old Town are major sights. There are numerous hotels and restaurants.