Funzi Island
Funzi Island is anything but overrun by tourists. The island is really a peninsula, but can still only be reached by boat. There is not much accommodation for holidaymakers and not many facilities for day trippers either. What you will find here, though, is an interesting and idyllic landscape dominated by mangroves and a spectacular sandbank which appears at low tide opposite the beach. You can easily make contact with the locals on Funzi Island and they will often offer you fish or other food, as well as boat trips to see the dolphins and crocodiles.

Funzi Island – White sandy beach in a lovely mangrove setting

Funzi Island is on the Kenyan coast in the south and is really a peninsula rather than an island. There is neither a path nor a road leading through the dense mangrove forests, which means that you can only reach Funzi Island by boat. The boats depart from two sites in the nearby village of Ramisi, but there is no regular service. The more adventurous can try to negotiate a price for a trip to Funzi Island directly with the boatmen, but it is easier to book a trip beforehand, or arrange transport with one of the few hotels on Funzi Island. The boat journey to the beach leads along the mangroves on the shore and you can spot exotic birds on the way. Opposite the peninsular at low tide is a white sandbank which is really impressive in size and beauty and it is worth stopping here.

Not much tourism, but lots of idyllic scenery on Funzi Island

The sand at the beach of Funzi Island is white, but cannot be described as shimmering because it is covered in places with natural residue such as sticks and seaweed. There are a lot of mangrove trees directly at the beach which creates a special atmosphere, but unfortunately there is also rubbish lying around here. Most of the people you meet here are locals from the village whose lives revolve mostly around the beach. There is also an exclusive holiday complex here which tries to restrict usage of the beach in front of it to hotel guests, even though private beaches are officially not allowed in Kenya. If you are staying in this hotel you can enjoy a top-class, nicely kept beach in a private setting where nude swimming is also allowed. In addition, there are also cheaper accommodation options on the peninsula, but these are not located directly at the beach. There are not many activities for holidaymakers on Funzi Island, the atmosphere instead being really quiet and relaxed here. For action, you can however take a boat trip out to watch the dolphins and a little further out you can even see crocodiles.

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Our rating
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    5/10
  • Family
    1/10
  • Water sport
    1/10
  • Party
    1/10
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Funzi Island is suitable for
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: 5/10 points
Place 23 of 25
Although it can get a little busy, you will find a nice spot here where you can relax.
Family: 1/10 points
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No facilites and completely unsuitable atmosphere - this beach is not for families.
Water sports: 1/10 points
Place 22 of 25
No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 17 of 25
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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