Diani Beach holiday

A guide to Kenyan beach holidays

Kenya is perhaps most widely known for its extensive national parks and safaris. But there is much more to this incredible country than wide open plains, vast wilderness, and the buzz of Nairobi and Mombasa. The east coast on the Indian Ocean is blessed with some of Africa’s most stunning and beautiful beaches. Golden white sands and clear turquoise waters span much of the coastline. The numerous beach locations provide plenty of variety for different types of travelers. Luxury resort hotels provide peace and tranquility alongside fun watersports and marine activities. There really is something for every beach lover in Kenya.

North Coast

The North Coast of the bustling city of Mombasa is one of the most popular destinations for beach lovers. With its crystal clear turquoise waters and amazing marine life, the location has a wide appeal and is very affordable for families and solo travelers wanting a mixture of city vibe and idyllic rest. It is also within a short drive from Moi International Airport. For those wanting a more private setting, head to the south of Mombasa for more secluded beaches.

Diani Beach

A short drive south of Mombasa, Diani Beach is home to many exclusive resort hotels, each offering luxury services and all-inclusive packages. With a nearby marine reserve, Diani has the perfect mix of stunning beauty, relaxation, and a variety of watersports, fishing, and other pursuits. Small groups, families, and solo travelers will be equally at home here. The plentiful supply of accommodation and hotels in this area means all budgets and tastes are catered for.

Watamu & Malindi

North of Mombasa, Watamu and Malindi are perfect destinations for anyone who enjoy coral reef sites, snorkeling, scuba diving, and marine life spotting. The charming historic coastal town of Malindi has an impressive white sand beach and clear blue waters to rival any holiday brochure. Think palm-tree lined beaches and cozy beach huts, small bars, and restaurants. Watamu, just south of Malindi, has a mixture of sheltered coves that generate a gentle, and often welcome, breeze. The nearby marine reserve and national park attracts local wildlife to the area. Watamu is ideal for couples and more elderly travelers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Mombasa’s beaches.

Lamu Island

Lamu Island is situated in the northern region of Kenya, approximately 150 miles from the southern coastal city of Mombasa. The island forms part of an archipelago and provides travelers with a beautiful strip of white stand and a quieter, more relaxed pace of life. Lush greenery surrounds the island and gives added privacy for beach lovers who want peace and tranquility. The resorts are often focused around the beaches and provide high-end luxury for couples, small groups, and solo travelers. Deep sea fishing and boating is very popular in the area, thanks to Lamu’s location on the Indian Ocean. Head inland and experience the historic 12th century port city and connected villages for a deeper insight into the varied mix of cultures.

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