Reef Life team just back from East Coast of Africa-
Mombasa Airport Below. Oceanside in Kalifi photo at left.
Like every coastal town, fishing is one of the historical economic activities. With time, the town has slowly been transforming from a fishing village to basic industrial and service.
The growth of the town was mainly fueled by the cashew nut milling factory between 1976 and 1990; the district has been a producer of cashews since 1930. The town almost became a ghost town when the factory was closed due to decline in nuts supply, mismanagement of the factory and increased global competition. Other industrial activities include milk processing at Kilifi Plantations.
Since 2008 with the transformation of the Kilifi institute of Agriculture into Pwani University. Retail business and hotels have historically been significant economic activities. 3 to 4 star hotels include Sea Horse Hotel, Mnarani Club, Kilifi Bay Beach Resort and Baobab Lodge, which is where our team stayed and the photo of the beach at left is at the Baobab Lodge Beach.