Mkoa wa Pwani
Location in Kenya.
|No. of Counties:||6|
|• Total||79,686.1 km2 (30,767.0 sq mi)|
|• Density||42/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
The Coast Province (Swahili: Mkoa wa Pwani) of Kenya, along the Indian Ocean, was one of Kenya's eight provinces. It comprises the Indian Ocean coastal strip with the capital city at Mombasa and was inhabited by the Mijikenda and Swahili, among others. The province covered an area of 79,686.1 km² and would have had a population of 3,325,307 in 2009.
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.
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- "Could a rusty coin re-write Chinese-African history?". BBC News. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
- Insight - Separatist storm brewing on Kenya's coast