Diani Beach
Diani Beach is known worldwide and attracts a large number of international beach holidaymakers every year to the comfortable hotel complexes which are at the back of this dream beach with its shimmering, fine white sand. The beach itself is a nature conservation area, as is the underwater world here with 18 different reefs providing a fantastic diving location. There is also a lot on offer onshore. The beach hotels all have great pool areas and some of them offer day passes if you are not a guest of the hotel. At the beach and in the relaxed beach bars you can get easily chatting to other holidaymakers as well as the locals. In some of the bars you can also enjoy all-night partying.

Diani Beach – One of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Diani Beach is on the Kenyan coast about 35 kilometres south of Mombasa. Together with its neighbouring beach of Galu Kinondo Beach in the south, Diani Beach forms a coastal stretch of about 25 kilometres up to Chale Islands. Diani Beach itself is about 12 kilometres long, ending in the north at an estuary which separates it from Tiwi Beach. You can reach Diani Beach via the Diani Beach Road which runs parallel to it. From here guests of the hotels and customers of the beach restaurants can reach the beach via their car parks. For everybody else there are several public footpaths leading directly to the beach.

Diani Beach – Shimmering white sandy beach

There is a good reason why Diani Beach is seen as the most famous beach in Africa, as well as one of the most beautiful worldwide. The large white sandy beach area shimmers so brightly in the sun that it is hardly possible to look at it without sunglasses . The sea is impressively clear and shines in various shades of blue. In the background you can see dense greenery of palm-trees, other trees and bushes. The buildings of the spacious hotel complexes here are hardly visible from the distance because they are situated either well back or higher up and are to a large extent hidden by trees.

Lots of cleanliness and plenty of space for relaxation at Diani Beach

Diani Beach has managed to keep its natural beauty in spite of its popularity. The reason for this is that it is a protected area as part of the Diani Chale Marine Reserve and because the beach is kept very clean. Even though year after year Diani Beach is the most popular beach in Kenya, there is enough space on the large sandy area that it doesn't get really crowded even in the main season from November to March. It is only at weekends, public holidays and in the evenings when, in addition to the holidaymakers from Kenya, other African countries and the rest of the world, also more locals than usual come to the beach that it can get busy in certain areas. .

Diani Beach – large diving area with a colourful underwater world

The underwater world here is also part of the protected area and has a lot to protect and explore. Diani Beach is a breathtaking diving location with 18 different reefs, all of which have got something special to offer, including countless colourful fish and various other sea creatures. With a little luck you might even spot dolphins and sea turtles. At low tide, when swimming is not possible, you can instead walk to the offshore sandbanks. Also at low tide large, flat rock plateaus protrude from the seabed. These are a natural habitat for small sea creatures such as starfish, sea cucumbers, sea spiders and crabs. You can also find here sea urchins and small morays, together with the dangerous stonefish which are almost invisible and emit poison if you step on them. Wearing appropriate footwear is therefore an absolute must here.

Active holidays at Diani Beach

Diani Beach is certainly not lacking in activity possibilities. You can enjoy long walks along the beach as well as various activities under and on the water. Nearly every hotel has an outlet offering a large variety of activities, even if you are not staying at the hotel. You can book diving courses for any level and there are daily diving and snorkelling trips to the reefs. The best viewing conditions for underwater explorations are available from October to April. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are also options and here there are a number of providers offering courses and hire equipment. The best conditions are from November to April, with the winds at their strongest from December to February. Other options include hiring a kayak, stand-up paddling, jet-skiing and boat trips with a glass-bottom boat or a Dhow, the traditional fishing sailing boat. Angling trips are among the other activities on offer here.

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    9/10
  • Family
    8/10
  • Water sport
    4/10
  • Party
    7/10
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Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 9/10 points
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Just switch off - this beach has everything you need to relax and unwind.
Family: 8/10 points
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The beach is well-equipped, is easy to get to and is safe - an ideal beach for families.
Water sports: 4/10 points
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You can only occasionally spot some water-sport activities in the sea here.
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Right people and right party venue - at this beach you can have a good time!

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Boat, Jetski, Canoe, Kayak, Snorkeling, Fishing, Dhow-Tours, Stand-up paddling, Sailing, Glassbottom Boat
Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
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Forty Thieves

Offer: Food, Drinks, Snacks, Music, Dancing

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Low

www.diani.co
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Dhow Bar

Offer: Drinks, Sun-loungers

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

www.southernpalmskenya.com
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Nomad Beach Bar & Restaurant

Offer: Food, Drinks, Music, Snacks

Price level: Upscale

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

www.thesandsatnomad.com
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Bidi Badu Restaurant

Offer: Food, Music, Snacks, Drinks, Dancing

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Low

www.facebook.com/Bidi-badu-restaurant-1496282600632024/
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H2O Extreme Diani Beach
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Kite-Surfing, Windsurfing, Stand-up paddling, Kayak, Boogie Board, Skimboard, Deep sea fishing, Diving

www.h2o-extreme.com/
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Kenya Diving Center The Crab
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www.divingthecrab.com
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  • Sea urchins
  • Watersnakes
  • Sharp rocks
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