Diani Beach Kenya
Diani beach is a stunning destination situated 30 kilometers south of Mombasa, Kenya. It is known for its spread of white sand and great onshore activities. If you’re planning to visit Kenya, then you should definitely not miss a stopover at Diani Beach.
Getting to Diani Beach
To get to Diani Beach you must get to Mombasa first and then get to Diani either by road or ferry boat. In case you first arrived in Nairobi on your visit to Kenya, it’s better to take the flight to Mombasa to get to Diani Beach. To get to Diani you can take the ferry from Likoni or via the highway or the SGR train all from Mombassa. You should check the cost of train tickets versus an air flight as you make your travel arrangements and before you commence your journey.
Best Time to Visit
February to April is the busiest period of the year when Diani records highest tourist footfalls. The reason tourists flock to this area is to experience the best cuisine and enjoy pampering in the resort hotels or enjoying the beautiful white sand beach and the warmth of the Indian Ocean.
Where to Stay in Diani Beach?
If you’re a honeymoon couple or have come along with a group of friends, Diani beach can be a great destination for you. There are many luxury hotels both beachfront and adjacent to the beach will give you a great ‘never before’ experience. The hotels will cost you about $50-$200 per night. However, if you book your holiday well in advance or in an air & hotel package you may get them at an even more reasonable rate. Many of the hotels offer exotic swimming pools, Jacuzzi spa and a private beach. Enjoy multicultural cuisine, great nightlife in the various bars and other fabulous facilities. If you stay in one of the beautiful beach resorts, your hotel will be the best parts of your stay. Also, make sure to let the hotel know if you are on your honeymoon as they may pamper you with some extra amenities or services.
While there can be a number of choices of sea-beach resorts and holidaying options, Diani beach is rated as one of the first liners among them for various reasons. Let’s check out why.
Why is Diani Beach So Special?
You have the pleasure of visiting one of the most beautiful beaches in Kenya. Just swimming in the warm sea and enjoying the tropical atmosphere will be an incredible experience. But the colorful ocean reefs and the vibrant aquatic life, great restaurants, nightlife and fun water sports will make Diani Beach a highlight.
Go Scuba Diving
If you’re an adventure lover then this is a great opportunity to go diving. There are various hotels and tour companies here that arrange diving activity tours at a reasonable cost. For novices, many of the better hotels offer “resort certification” diving classes that allow you to make a real dive with tanks in the ocean.
If scuba diving is a bit much, you can also have a ton of fun snorkeling. You can take one of the many tourist boat trips offering snorkel experiences. They will provide a mask and snorkel and take you to the best spots to explore the reef and explore the marine life of Kenya. But be prepared to get some tutorials from the guides so that you can have safe and enjoyable snorkeling experience.
Diani is one of the top destinations for kite surfers from around the world. If you’re an adventurous traveler, then you may consider taking a tourist excursion that includes some kite surfing lessons. This may be your golden opportunity to experience the thrill of kite surfing and enjoy your fun ‘things to do’ list to enjoy on your Diani trip.
Ride a Bike
There are a lot of place you can rent a bicycle to get around Diani. If you may rent a bicycle to get around and enjoy the fun of riding a bike you will find that this place is less populated, pollution free and therefore ideal for biking around.
Visit the Colobus Trust
The Colobus Trust is a wildlife sanctuary for Monkeys. If you have an opportunity to visit this wildlife sanctuary where Colobus Monkeys are carefully preserved. Colobus monkey are endangered species and the trust has rightfully protected them for the world to see.
Take the pleasure of playing golf at the Leisure Lodge Golf Club which is an 18-hole golf course. The golf course is 6084 meters and has 85 bunkers along with large picturesque lakes. This golf course promises to be the most beautiful in East Africa and offers a challenging and exciting course.
Diani Art Gallery
The Diani Art Gallery exhibits work by artists from all over the African continent. Those who love African fine art must take a tour that will visit the various art galleries in the area.
Discovering Kaya Kinondo Forest
Visit the Kaya Kinondo forest to learn about the cultural and spiritual importance of the Digo people. This forest is home to some of the oldest Kenyan houses around 187 species of plants, 48 species of birds and 45 species of butterflies.
Deep Sea Fishing
The Dani Beach area is home to some of the best sport fishing in the world. Especially, in the Pemba channel. So if you’re a fishing enthusiast, you will enjoy the Striped Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Broadbill, Mako Sharks and a host of other sharks. You will be enthralled to find the Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Giant Trevally and other popular sport fish.
Whale Shark Safari
You may visit the East African Shark Trust or EAST, is where you can get involved in the conservancy efforts to protect the Whale Shark that lives in the warm waters of Diani Beach. You will be comforted to know about the conservation, tag and monitor projects that are presently underway.
Go for the Spa Experience
Relax and rejuvenate yourself after you burn your calories swimming at the beach. You can get some much needed pampering at Leopard beach or Maya near the Diani Reef at one of the 5-star Hotel Spa facilities.
Picnicking by the Tiwi River
The Tiwi River is a popular spot for the visitors. You will enjoy colorful sunsets and overlook the blue sky while lying over the warm white sand cradled with palm trees. Visit the Kongoni Mosque which is about 800 years old. It is one of the places where the Kiswahili settlers first visited.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your swimsuit, sunglasses and slippers. It’s time for some sun, sand and of course Diani!