Diani Beach, Tropical Beach Paradise in Kenya
Diani Beach, a beautiful sandy beach along the Indian Ocean is a tropical paradise in Kenya. The coastal province of Mombasa is 30 km away and to reach Diani this is where you take a flight to. The beach extends to join a small airstrip in the town of Ukunda.
There are plenty of resorts and cottages to stay in, and the hospitality of the people and staffs are as warm as the sun. Enjoy the beauty of the beach by taking a long walk enjoying the sun and the sea. There are straw huts along the beach for a break in the shade or just go under any of the many palm trees that cover the coastal area.
Why is Diani Beach Special?
With a large beach front Diani Beach is never crowded like the beaches in Euope, North America, Asia or even some of the beaches in Zanzibar. So you can take pleasure in the privacy with chilled drinks, meals of your choice and a romantic candlelight dinner at the beach.
Activities & Attractions Near Diani Beach
- Kaya Kinondo Forest visit is highly recommended. As one of the oldest forests in whole of Africa the century-old ecosystem of plant and animal life is distinct from the many national parks and forests in the continent
- Snorkelling at Diani Beach is the most popular beach activity. Your options range from services from the local fishermen (who know some of the best spots) to professional classes and tours offered by the many resorts along the coast
- Kite surfing at Diani Beach is unique to the region. Local shops let you hire the necessary gear. The prices start of high, so be ready for some extreme negotiations
- Birdwatching & wildlife - Bird watching is not a common thing that is possible in all beaches. Diani beach however is famous for its different species of birds. It is possible to spot at least 90 to 100 species a day. So your bag should have a binocular for sure. Commonly this area is also known for its black and white Colobus monkeys. You should also enquire about day trips and safaris to the nearby Hills National Park.
- The camel ride along Diani beach is also fun.
- Going into the sea. The experience of taking a boat into the mangroves is fantastic or you can venture in deep sea fishing if that’s your cup of tea.
- Shimba Hills National Reserve is located near Diani Beach. It is an area of coastal rainforest, grassland and woodland. You can find some endangered cycad and orchid species here. It is also a great site to view butterflies and birds. It is estimated that around 700 elephants live in this reserve. Shimba Hills is the only home of Sable Antelope.