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.