Diani Beach is a tropical paradise. With its silver-white beaches and turquoise warm waters, it is no wonder Kenyan Beach has been awarded the best beach destination in Africa for 5 years running.
30 kilometers south of Mombasa in Kwale County is where Diani Beach is located. It is accessible from Mombasa via road through ferry. You can also get to Diani by air through the Ukunda airstrip within the town. It takes about 45 minutes from Mombasa to Diani Beach by road.
Diani has various attractions that draw travelers to the best East African coast as outlined below:
- The Beach Sea Shore
The Beach stretches 17 km from the Kongo River to the north and Galu Beach to the south.
The pristine silky beach is a sight to behold. Walking along the beautiful beach will soothe your mind and help you get the solace and peace you so much desire.
A stroll along the beautiful beach on bare feet is both soothing and refreshing.
- Ride a Carmel
A trip to Diani Beach is not complete without riding a carmel. You will find them on the beach and riding on one is fun. The cost is minimal and the ride is worthy it.
- The Turquoise Warm Water
Take a swim in the warm ocean water in the Diani coast. The shoreline is shallow, thereby allowing revelers to enjoy a swim in the beach water. The shallow shore gives amateur swimmers some confidence to get into the water.
- Kite surfing
Diani is known for kite surfing, sky diving, snorkeling and many other water sports. Quest Kiteboarding School in Diani offers kite-surfing for beginners, intermediate and advanced coaching. The school also has rental equipment and private storage.
- Diani Beach Gallery Exhibition
Diani Beach Gallery operates from Monday to Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Unique and very unusual items made by talented Africans are available at the Beach Art Gallery and at very reasonable prices. Don’t miss out!
- Kongo Mosque Tour
The oldest mosque in East Africa was built by the Arabs in the 14th Century.
Kongoni Mosque is surrounded by beautiful baobab trees that give it a serene look. The trees were planted by the Arabs.
The Muslims still visit the Mosque for prayers. The Mosque is worth a visit as it carries so much history.
- Shimba Hills National Reserve & Sheldrick Falls
The Shimba Hills National Reserve, which is about 45 minutes drive from Diani Beach is one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa after Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. The reserve is known for having the highest density of African Elephants in Kenya. It is also home to the rare Sable Antelope.
A trip to Shimba Hills Forest Reserve will take you through the forest which is full of fauna and indigenous plants.
It is at the Forest where a guide will walk you through a trek in the forest to the gem hidden right in the heart of Shimba Hills National Reserve, the Sheldrick Falls.
The trek takes about 45 min downhill, but the return journey requires more stamina and takes about one and half hours uphill. You need to be both physically and psychologically prepared to do the hike.
- Kisite Marine Park & Wasini island
The unspoiled Marine Park was established to protect the beautiful island and the various marine life and breeding migratory birds found in the park. It is the second most famous Marine Park in the world after the Australian Marine Park.
A day trip will take you to Kisite Marine Park and Wasini Island. At Wasini Island, you will spot the dolphins. Go snorkeling and view the splendid under water marine life in the Marine National Park.
- Chale Island
It is a private Island located at the northern end of Msabweni Bay in Kwale County. The Island boasts a small, cosy and clean beach. It is accessible by boat on the southern tip of Diani Beach.
The only hotel in the small Island is The Sands at the Chale.
- Fitness and Health Spas
The various hotels along the beach are equipped with fitness and health spas. Indulge as you relax, rejuvenate and get revived!
A visit to Diani Beach will give you an experience you have never had before whether you are local traveler, resident or international traveler.