Located in Mtwapa a few kilometers from the coastal city of Mombasa lies the Moorings; a little cosy floating restaurant smack right in the middle of the creek. I was able to go for a sun-downer cruise at the Moorings courtesy of The Voyager Beach Resort. It was great to be back at the moorings, the first time I visited this place was back in 2013.

The Moorings happens to be one of my favorite restaurants. I have to say I was quite excited about the sun-downer cruise, it had actually been on my bucket list for quite a while but I could never seem to make time whenever I was in the North Coast.


Going on the dhow for sun downers is a must if you ever visit the Moorings. This involves a scenic cruise up the creek on a dhow while watching the sun go down. We were a bit late for the sun-downer so we were quickly ushered onto the dhow so that we could start the trip.



The setup of the dhow is quite cosy, you can choose to sit on a bench or on some cushions on the floor.




Once the trip started we were offered coconut water locally known as madafu is available alongside a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

I was clearly having a good time, I wouldn’t mind going back.


The staff were super friendly, their warmth and courtesy making you feel instantly welcome. Drinks were in abundance and so was food. As a foodie, I couldn’t complain. The menu complete and varied, excellent preparation and Just in case you were wondering, yes the food was as delicious as it looks.



A bit of alcohol will always get the bladder going, you don’t have to hold it in until you get back to the restaurant. There is a small water closet located at the back of the dhow that you can access via a door that looks like it was designed to be in a hobbit’s home.

As we made our way slowly along the creek, the views were phenomenal, from the expanse backdrop of azure waters, the beautiful scenery of the creek, the bridge across, the occasional boat fishermen, the verdant vegetation lining the creek and of course the cruise experience.




fisherman in the tiniest of boats. How on earth does that thing stay afloat?


The sunset views are priceless! … picture perfect, beautiful, calm and serene! The views were simply stunning, a fantastic way to start the evening before dinner.









If by any chance you go for the cruise on a Saturday then you will get back right on time for for karaoke at the restaurant. I am one of those people who will only sing in the shower and that’s when I know I am home alone, so I definitely did not take part. I was content to cheer other people on instead.



If a cruise tickles your fancy then you can go for a lunch or dinner cruise at $75 per person. The sun-downer cruise costs Kshs 1,950 ($ 19) per person including the food, you will need to pay extra for the drinks.

If you’re short on time you can take a special day trips (30 minutes) from 11am to 4pm. The cost for adults is kshs. 600 ($ 5.85) and children at kshs 500 ($ 4.87).

Moorings is different in the best way possible! What’s not to love about a floating restaurant … the magical waves gently swaying the bar as you enjoy your evening. Whether you are here for a drink, a romantic dinner or as a family Moorings doesn’t disappoint.

For more information on what other packages they offer,visit the Moorings website.


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  1. May 22, 2019 at 9:52 am — Reply

    i want to tag someone to this restaurant. it soo beautiful

  2. Liz
    August 17, 2020 at 4:56 pm — Reply

    Is it open now with the corona?
    Would like to visit soon

    • August 21, 2020 at 11:10 am — Reply

      Not sure if it is open.

      • mully
        January 13, 2021 at 8:58 am — Reply

        is the dhow still operating? we need to use it end month.. contact us on 0726336345 if its still available

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