Top 10 Best Beaches in Somalia (with Photos & Map)

Aktualisiert: Juli 4


Think of Somalia and the country’s rich history is bound to come to mind.



Somalia has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Learn now the rich history and Geography.

Somalia is a country located in the Horn of Africa which officially consists of six federal member states, namely Galmudug, Hirshabelle, Jubaland, South West, Puntland, Somaliland and the municipality of Benadir. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Somali Sea and Guardafui Channel to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. With a land area of 637,657 square kilometers, Somalia's terrain consists mainly of plateaus, plains and highlands.


Its coastline is more than 3,333 kilometers in length, the longest of mainland Africa. It has been described as being roughly shaped "like a tilted number seven".

In the far north, the rugged east-west ranges of the Ogo Mountains lie at varying distances from the Gulf of Aden coast. Hot conditions prevail year-round, along with periodic monsoon winds and irregular rainfall. Geology suggests the presence of valuable mineral deposits.

Somalia is separated from Seychelles by the Somali Sea and is separated from Socotra by the Guardafui Channel.



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Let's explore top 10 Beaches in Somalia





Top 1. Murcanyo Beach, Bari Puntland - Somalia

Murcanyo (Somali: Muranyo, Arabic: مورايو‎), also known as Bander Murcaayo (alternatively Bandar Murcaayo or Bunder Marayah), is a coastal town in the northeastern Bari province of Somalia. It is situated in the autonomous Puntland region.



Murcanyo is located at 11°41′34.98″N 50°27′25.34″E, in the Gulf of Aden. It lies 7 nautical miles (8 miles) southwest of Habo, 18 nautical miles (21 miles) southwest of Ras Filuk, and 38 nautical miles (44 miles) east of Qandala.


The town is situated along the beach of a long bay that borders the Gulf of Aden.

Murcanyo lies at the foot of the Jebel Murcanyo mountains (Jebel meaning mountain in Arabic), also known as Jebel Marayah. This mountain range stretches across the Bari region to the Indian Ocean coastline at Bargal. The range consists of cream-coloured limestone, as well as sandstone, shale and quartz.




Top 2. Adale Beach, Middle Shabelle, Hirshabelle - Somalia

Adale (Somali: Cadale or ’Adale, also El Athale or Itala) is a place in southern Somalia with about 5600 inhabitants. [1] It lies on the coast of the Indian Ocean and is the main town of the Adale district in the Shabeellaha Dhexe region.






Top 3. Jazeera Beach, Lower Shabelle, South West - Somalia

Jazeera Beach (also known as Gezira Beach; Somali: Xeebta Jasiira or Xeebta Jaziira) is a beach which overlooks the Somali Sea near the city of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

Here, thousands of people gather to relax on weekends as part of Somali seagoing culture. The Jazeera Beach just a few kilometres south of the capital has gained popularity with the returning diaspora with hotels, restaurants, and boat riding springing up everywhere. This employs hundreds of youth and stimulates both the local tourism industry and the economy.






Top 4. Liido Beach, Mogadishu - Somalia

Lido Beach (Somali: Xeebta Liido) is a beach in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, which overlooks the Somali Sea. The name Lido derives from the Italian word for "beach". Lido is also very popular amongst locals.

The beach in northern Mogadishu was developed in the late 1930s for the Italian colonists living in the capital of Italian Somalia. In the 1950s it was fully developed.[citation needed]

After prolonged decades of war and anarchy in the capital, from 1991 the beach fell into disuse.

Today, hundreds of families come to relax on Mogadishu's coastline each weekend. People stay out at Lido Beach way past dusk to watch the beautiful night skyline and the deep blue ocean. This is a perfect place to get the fresh perspective of a rediscovered Somalia.

Somalia has the longest coastline in Africa with 3100 km along the Indian Ocean, which is home to attractive beaches valuable for tourism. To make Somalia one of the biggest entertaining and tourist destination spots in Africa, Lido Beach has seafood restaurants, hotels, and parks.

The Somali diaspora plays an important role in recovering Mogadishu, building new luxury downtown and beaches like the village, Ocean restaurant, Beder restaurant, Lido seafood restaurant, City Palace and many more that attract international tourists.[citation needed] There are many newly established businesses here.







Top 5. Kismayo Beach, Lower Juba, Jubbaland - Somalia

Kismayo (Somali: Kismaayo; Arabic: كيسمايو‎, Kīsmāyū; Italian: Chisimaio) is a port city in the southern Lower Juba (Jubbada Hoose) province of Somalia. It is the commercial capital of the autonomous Jubaland region.


The city is situated 528 kilometres (328 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, near the mouth of the Jubba River, where the waters empty into the Somali Sea. According to the United Nations Development Programme, the city of Kismayo had a population of around 89,333 in 2005.


During the Middle Ages, Kismayo and its surrounding area was part of the Ajuran Empire that governed much of southern Somalia and eastern Ethiopia, with its domain extending from Hobyo in the north, to Qelafo in the west, to Kismayo in the south.


In the early modern period, Kismayo was ruled by the Geledi Sultanate and by the later 1800s, the Boqow dynasty. The kingdom was eventually incorporated into Italian Somaliland in 1910 after the death of the last sultan, Osman Ahmed. After independence in 1960, the city was made the center of the official Kismayo District.





Top 6. Warsheikh Beach, Middle Shabelle, Hirshabelle, Somalia


Warsheikh (Somali:Warsheekh, Arabic:وأرشيخ‎) is a town in the southeastern Middle Shabelle (Shabeellaha Dhexe, Hirshabelle) region of Somalia. An important historical Islamic center, it is situated on the coast north of Mogadishu.

Warsheikh is the northernmost of the Banaadir towns. It is the capital of the Warsheikh District.

An early Muslim center in southern Somalia, Warsheikh was one of the principal settlements of the Sultanate of Mogadishu during the Middle Ages. The town has an old mosque situated near a cape, which features an inscription noting its construction in 1278H (1861-1862 CE) by Sheikh Abu Bakr b. Mihzar b. Ahmad al-Kasadi.

The masjid has three rows of transverse, east-west piers, and a foliate mihrab. It also has attached chambers, with the Sheikh's tomb situated in an adjacent room.

During the Middle Ages, Warsheikh and much of the surrounding area in southern Somalia was governed by the Ajuran Sultanate. The town later came under the administration of the Hiraab Sultanate in the late 17th century after the collapse of the powerful Ajuran Empire. At the turn of the 20th century, Warsheikh was incorporated into the Italian Somaliland protectorate. After independence in 1960, the city was made the center of the official Warsheikh District.

Over the course of three archaeological expeditions in Warsheikh between 1920 and 1921, Enrico Cerulli uncovered coins from the medieval Sultans of Mogadishu. They were deposited in the Scuola Orientale of the University of Rome, but were later lost in World War II. According to Cerulli, similar coins were found in the village of Mos (Moos), located about 14 km to Warsheikh's northwest. Freeman-Grenville (1963) also record another discovery of ancient coins in the latter town.







Top 7. Habo, ( Xaabo) Bari, Puntland, Somalia

Habo (Somali: Xaabo, Arabic:حابو‎) is a small town in the Bari province of the autonomous Puntland region in northeastern Somalia.

Habo is located in the Alula District in the vicinity of the Guardafui Channel. It lies between the towns of Alula and Qandala. In antiquity, a cape to the east of Habo was known as the Cape of Spices, described in the 1st century CE Greek travelogue the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea. Habo was an important town for the ancient cinnamon and spice trade route. The town sustained damage from Italian bombardment during the Campaign of the Sultanates against the coastal regions in the late 1920s.




Top 8. Barawe Beach, Lower Shabelle, South West, Somalia



Barawa, also known as Barawe and Brava, is the capital of the South West state of Somalia. It functions as a port town in the southwestern Lower Shebelle region of Somalia. Facing the Somali Sea, Barawa serves as the main port of the South West State. Bilal of Barawa makes up 10% of the population of Barawa. Quite sad .

At its height, Barawa was at its golden age from the Arab and Swahili influence and trading commerce with its neighboring states.The city became a commercial power in the Indian Ocean- so much so that arab merchants from the city visited China as early as the 15th century. These envoys travelled in the ships of the renowned "trasure fleet" of admiral Zheng He, and they returned to Africa several years later during another of Zheng He's voyages. In 1430, Barawa was one of only 18 western ports mentioned by name in an imperial decree that was issued by the Xuande Emperor, it was named as Pu-la-wa, 不喇哇).

In the early modern period, Barawa was ruled by the Geledi Sultanate. Eventually, in 1910, Barawa was ceded to the control of Italy when the Geledi Sultanate was forced to agree to the annexation of all the Banadir ports to the Italian Company already established in the Horn of Africa after the 1910 death of the last Sultan Osman Ahmed. But the Italians faced stiff resistance from many parts of the Banadir coast.

The inland regions and the trade of the Somali merchants would remain unchallenged in their independence for years to come.

Sheikh Uways al-Barawi organised an Ikhwaan and led the Banadir revolt, but it was crushed by Portuguese forces in 1908.





Top 9. Gobweyn, Lower Juba, Jubbaland, Somalia

Goobweyn town in the southern Lower Juba (Jubbada Hoose) region of Somalia.It is one of the best beautiful beaches in Somalia, Where Jubba river meets Indian Ocean. its so colored, stunning nature and fresh Indian Ocean with magnificent views.






Top 10. Hobyo Beach, Mudug, Galmudug, Somalia


Hobyo (Somali: Hobyo, also known as Obbia in Italian), is an ancient port city in Galmudug state in the north-central Mudug region of Somalia. Hobyo serves as the main port of Galmudug State.


Hobyo developed as a coastal outpost by the Ajuran Empire during the 13th century. In the late 17th century the Hiraab successfully revolted against the Ajuran Sultanate who had been ruling Hobyo since the 13th century and established an independent Hiraab Imamate.


According to Dr. Bernhard Helander of Uppsala University, "the Imam of Hiraab is a hereditary position that traditionally is held by a person of the first-born branch.





Read more about Somalia:


Mogadishu Plan

Mogadishu Airport

Garacad Beach

Garowe City 2020

Mogadishu Historic Sites

Somalia Hotels



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