Mkoa wa Pwani
|— Province —|
|No. of districts:||13|
|• Total||83,603 km2 (32,279 sq mi)|
|• Density||30/km2 ( 77/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
Coast Province (Swahili: Pwani) of Kenya, along the Indian Ocean, is one of Kenya's seven administrative provinces outside Nairobi. It comprises the Indian Ocean coastal strip with the capital city at Mombasa and is inhabited by the Mijikenda and Swahili, among others. The province covers an area of 83,603 km² and has a population of 2,487,264 inhabitants (1999 census).
Other important towns on the coastal strip include Diani in the South, and Kilifi, Malindi, Watamu and Lamu in the North. Part of coastal population located in such popular resort and beach settlements as Kiongwe, Kipini, etc.
Diani Beach is now also a tourist center, with palm trees and the white sandy beaches like Mombasa.
Malindi is where Vasco da Gama picked up his pilot to navigate with the monsoon winds to India; Mambrui appears to be the site where contact occurred with the Chinese during the era of the Yongle Emperor and the expeditions of Zheng He.
Watamu is a small fishing community and East Africa's first Marine National Park.
Mwandimu is a settlement in the south of the province.
Districts after 2007
Several new districts have been created since 2007 in Kenya, including several in Coast Province:
- "Could a rusty coin re-write Chinese-African history?". BBC News. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
- Coast Province Province from Kenya's Ministry of State for Provincial Administration and National Security
- Insight - Separatist storm brewing on Kenya's coast