Moi International Airport – in Mombasa
Moi International Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in Kenya. The reason behind this could be the numerous places of attraction in Mombasa and the coast province which have opened doors for tourists from all over the world to come and sight-see as well as vacation in the coast province. Therefore the airport has been developed to enable it to handle the long haul flight and today it has about 20 commercial airlines flying directly from and to Europe.
Marine products from the coast as well as the presence of a cargo handling port in Mombasa has since the increase of cargo flight in the regions which seek to take advantage of good which need to be airlifted to various destinations, both locally and within the East African Communities.
There are several airlines which operate in the airport and they include:
- Kenya Airways
- British Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- Thomson Fly
- Air Kenya
- Air France Cargo
- 540 Ltd
- Qatar Airlines
- Air Arabia
- Egypt Air
- Swiss Airlines
The view from the air, in the approach pattern to the airport
Moi International Airport in Mombasa – located in the Coast County of Kenya which is one of the most popular tourism destination in Kenya because of its white sandy beaches along the coast of Indian Ocean.
Why I Sometimes Need to Visit Mombasa
For long, I had been planning on visiting Kenya and specifically Mombasa for a holiday. I had planned to take my family there during summer, but time never allowed us especially because my wife and I operate a family business which required our presence most of the time. However, I still believed that one day, we would go cruising and dock in Mombasa for a vacation.
I got the first chance to do so when I traveled to South Africa for some business matters. I had anticipated that the business dealing would take about a week, but I was able to nail the deal within two days. That left me with five extra days of sightseeing. At firsts, I thought about spending the days in South Africa while I still harbored the thoughts of heading back home and assist my wife in business. However, since the cottage business back at home wasn’t in its peak season, there wasn’t match work to do and my wife could handle the little tasks at hand.
While I was still fumbling about great places to visit in SA, I came across an online travel magazine which talked about the golden gem in Kenya. That instantly reminded me of Mombasa. I didn’t have to contemplate further if the trip would be wonderful or not. I had always yearned to visit the place. I called my wife to tell her of my plans to visit this beautiful place. Of course, I could hear that she was pissed at the decisions since I had promised that we would go there as a family. Fortunately, she wished me well in my journey and made me promise to get a souvenir from there for her because she didn’t know when we could find time to visit the place together.
Like I said, I would have loved if I visited the place on a chartered cruise. I really love water activities and such a visit while cruising, especially with my family, would have been one of the most memorable event in my life. There wasn’t time for that. Therefore I had to take a direct flight to Moi International Airport, Mombasa.
Vacationing in the Beaches of Kenyan Coast
I arrived at the airport shortly before dusk was approaching and took a taxi straight to North Coast where I had booked for my three days stay in Nyali Beach. After a quick shower, I went out to enjoy the beauty of the private white sands beach and I admired the glowing sunset at the beach.
There was just a handful foreign visitor in the beach and several locals. I interacted with the few there as I wanted to know the best places available for water sports which were on list to-do list. They were kind enough and offered me with a few affordable alternatives. We had a few beers together before I called it a day and went back to rest for the night as I prepared myself for the next day’s activities.
The next morning I decided to do some surfing and after obtaining the gear, I hit the waters where I spent almost the whole morning. From there I decided to have my lunch on a yacht cruise where I met some more new friends. We navigated the beautiful waters of Indian oceans before eventually returning back to Nyali sometime before evening. This was a lovely time to do some snorkeling.
Water Activities in Indian Ocean
While we were cruising, I happened to meet a new friend who too wanted to do snorkeling. Obtaining the gear wasn’t a problem and we then went into the ocean. At first, from the way my new friend was describing the experience, I was certain that he was good at snorkeling. Therefore I had no problem going along with him to snorkel.
Had I known better, we could have sourced the services of a good guide to help him out. It was while we were in the ocean that an unfortunate event happened. He was behind me as I tried to locate a good location where there we would see most of the marine animals and their activities, and before I noticed, I had lost him.
When I realized this, I quickly ended back to only to find that he almost drowned. One of his fins had fallen out and he was trying to get ashore. I quickly helped him up. I realized that he had been injured. The fins had been too tight and even caused blisters on him. Also, I could conclude that he had been stung by some reef, because his body had other blisters on his hands. We had to rush him to get medical care.
A lovely guide helped me take him to Mombasa Hospital where he was treated and discharged. He didn’t mind much about the accident, though he admitted that he didn’t have much experience snorkeling in the ocean.
On my last day I took a short game drive to Tsavo East National Park, before going back to Moi International Airport to board a plane to Nairobi and prepare to head back to Frankfurt since there were no direct flights from Mombasa to Frankfurt on that day.\