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Kenya Coast

The Kenyan coastline is blessed by gentle tradewinds which brought Arab trading dhows to the region and lined with sand beaches fringing the warm inviting waters of the Indian Ocean. Here the wilderness meets the sea, and the ocean itself holds a world of spectacular coral reefs teeming with life and colour.

The coast is a place with a long and exotic history, its calm blue waters the traditional passage of the Arabian Spice Trade. Along the length of this coast, Arab and Portuguese forts, Old Towns and the overgrown, deserted ruins of Swahili outposts bear witness to this fascinating history. In the winding medieval streets and bustling markets of Lamu and Mombasa Old Town, life has continued unhurried and unchanged for more than 400 years. The resultant mix of indigenous and imported cultures gave rise to the Swahili culture which became the pervasive influence throughout the country – Swahili is the most commonly spoken of the African languages.

This blend of natural beauty and living history creates an exotic paradise unlike anywhere else on earth …

TURQUOISE ISLAND OF THE MONTH: MATANGI PRIVATE ISLAND, FIJI

This privately owned 240-acre island enjoys an enviable location on a stunning, horseshoe-shaped island in Fiji's lesser known northern group of islands. A haven for divers, honeymooners and romantics, Matangi boasts virgin tropical rainforest, white sand beaches and volcanic rock faces rising from crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs.

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TURQUOISE ISLAND OF THE MONTH: MATANGI PRIVATE ISLAND, FIJI

This privately owned 240-acre island enjoys an enviable location on a stunning, horseshoe-shaped island in Fiji's lesser known northern group of islands. A haven for divers, honeymooners and romantics, Matangi boasts virgin tropical rainforest, white sand beaches and volcanic rock faces rising from crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs.