The Moorings: Inside Look of Kenya’s 1st Floating Hotel

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The Moorings Restaurant and its Dhow located along Mtwapa Creek
  • For 27 years now, the scenic and uber posh floating restaurant, The Moorings, has been serving as a tourist attraction and the first-ever floating restaurant in Kenya.  

    Located in the north coast, at the Mtwapa Creek, the restaurant was built in 1994 on a buoyant platform surrounded by the scenic Indian Ocean.

    Built with the capacity to accommodate 100 people, the restaurant had for many years served as the single establishment of its kind until other hotels, such as the Tamarind Dhow, began sprouting.

    The establishment has a restaurant and a dhow service that regularly cruises along the mangroves of Mtwapa creek.

    The Moorings Restaurant and its Dhow located along Mtwapa Creek.
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    The restaurant spots a grass-thatched rooftop which is reinforced with poles.

    The joint is well known for great cuisine as well as fish, lobster, crab and prawn meals and overlooks a great waterfront setting and a spectacular view.

    Away from the boat-filled ocean space, the iconic Mtwapa Bridge stands at a distance and adds to the magical view of the creek

    “We offer, apart from fresh local seafood, a landlubber menu with steak, chicken and pasta. Enjoy expertly prepared seafood dishes in an ambience of tranquillity and charm on our Dhow or on the floating restaurant,” reads a statement from the management of the establishment.

    Next to the restaurant is a boutique with design variations of kikoy fashion.

    To access the restaurant on a spring tide day, the management of the facility constructed a walkway connecting the establishment and the show measuring 4 meters. 

    The dhow, on the other hand, is a typical Arab sailing vessel with a capacity of up to 20 people.

    The Moorings dhow has been modified with very comfortable seats and an engine to be able to move even without wind. 

    Dhows are still used for commercial journeys on the East African coast – only using sails as a means of propulsion.

    The Moorings though sails along Mtwapa Creek
    The Moorings though sails along Mtwapa Creek
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    The Moorings Restaurant on the North of Mombasa along Mtwapa Creek
    The Moorings Restaurant on the North of Mombasa along Mtwapa Creek
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    Inside the Moorings restaurant in Mtwapa
    Inside the Moorings restaurant in Mtwapa.
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    Below is the video of the restaurant:

  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM

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