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Traditionally used for trade on the Indian Ocean, the Arab dhow has been a long-standing presence on the East African coastal waters, and now you can enjoy an evening of sailing, dining and romantically dancing along the coastline aboard one of these historic sailing vessels. Built in 1977, the Nawalilkher, an authentic Swahili dhow, is the largest of its type on the Mombasa coast, measuring more than 75 feet long.
Your evening cruise begins at the Tamarind Pier, where you board this magnificent wooden boat, and you feel as if you are stepping back in time. A kind waiter in traditional garb greets you warmly and escorts you to a private table where you sip on a house cocktail made with vodka, lime, honey, sugar and crushed ice, or if you prefer, you may also order your favorite non-alcoholic beverage or the cocktail without the alcohol.
As the dhow leaves the pier at around sunset, the setting could not be more delightful. The dhow sails around Tudor Creek where you enjoy breathtaking views of Old Town and Fort Jesus before arriving at a sheltered bay where the feast begins with an initiation of a live band playing! A four-course meal of mouth-watering edible delights is served, such as grilled lobster, fish, steak and much more!
When your belly is full, the waiter brings you a delicious cup of Arabica coffee or tea, or you may also request your favorite cocktail and then dance with your partner or relax while the dhow sails back to the pier.
Spend your morning leisurely, exploring Mombasa’s attractions or relaxing at your accommodation. In the late afternoon, prepare for your romantic evening on the Nawalilkher, an authentic Swahili dhow, at Tamarind Pier. Board early to secure a prime spot, where a kind waiter in traditional attire will warmly greet you.
Enjoy a welcome cocktail, with or without alcohol, as you settle at your private table. As the dhow sails around Tudor Creek during sunset, relish the stunning views of Old Town and Fort Jesus. A live band initiates the evening at a sheltered bay, followed by a delectable four-course meal featuring grilled lobster, fish, steak, and more.
After dinner, savor Arabica coffee, tea, or your favorite cocktail while dancing under the stars or unwinding on the dhow’s deck. The cruise concludes as you return to Tamarind Pier around 10:30 PM, from where you can head back to your accommodation or explore Mombasa’s nightlife for more adventure.
Note: Prior reservations are advisable, and check the cruise schedule for any departure time changes. Enjoy your enchanting evening aboard the historic Arab dhow!