Mombasa is Kenya’s second largest city. The Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama, landed here in 1498 and established a Portuguese colony at the coast. Arabs from Oman later took control of the city and left their mark on the region. Mombasa has a rich, vibrant Swahili culture. Mombasa beach safari holidays for holiday makers in Kenya's whitesand sun soaked beaches, reknown as amongst of the best beach and safari holiday locations in the world. Mombasa Beach offers a host of activities for kids and adults alike such as deep-sea fishing and water sports. It is characterised by powder-white sand. A spectacular coral reef run for 480 km along the palm-fringed coastline. The waters below are filled with marine life, while up above a huge diversity of birdlife occupies the mangrove forests or overhanging cliffs.