Wedding on Tamarind Dhow, Mombasa, Kenya Coast

The two Tamarind Dhows “Nawalikher” and Babulkher” offer a magical experience together with the finest of Tamarind Cuisine. Nawalikher was built in 1977 for trading. At 23 metres, she is the largest dhow at the coast. Babulkheri is 16 metres with both together sitting 135 guests in spacious comfort.

A wedding on one of these traditional dhows before the back drop of Old Town of Mombasa followed by a cruise on Tudor Creek and a candle light dinner on board of the dhow with life music makes the wedding an unforgettable highlight.


Three working days before the wedding you will meet the wedding coordinator in your hotel to discuss the details and formalities of the wedding.

Your Wedding Day

Late afternoon transfers from your beach hotel to Tamarind Restaurant where the jetty for the Dhow is located. The decorated venue on the dhow awaits you. The bride will be lead by her best maid to the wedding place and the wedding ceremony begins.

After the blessings and signing of the marriage certificate your will raise you glasses for a toast and cut the wedding cake. The registrar will then hand over the marriage certificate to you.

At 6.30 p.m. the dhow sails into the creek passing Mombasa’s Old Town and Fort Jesus and later moors in a sheltered bay at the head of the creek and here you have your romantic candlelit wedding dinner and dance under a star filled sky.

At approx. 10.30 p.m. you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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