Tiwi Beach – A forgotten dream beach
Tiwi Beach is south of the Congo River next to the famous and popular Diani Beach. However, it is much quieter here at this white fine sandy beach. At the southern end is a large hotel complex with all kinds of amenities. There are hardly any buildings to the north of this hotel, with the exception of a few abandoned hotels and some private houses. At this original part of the sandy beach you will rarely see anyone, which gives you the feeling of being stranded on a desert island and makes Tiwi Beach perfect for spending a relaxed beach holiday. The empty hotel grounds also provide you with the chance to go exploring.
Tiwi Beach is idyllic and ideal for relaxation, but you will struggle to find anywhere offering refreshments. Only the restaurant belonging to the hotel serves food and drinks in a cosy atmosphere directly at the beach, whether you are a hotel guest or not.
\r\nYou can reach Tiwi Beach by car via a long road in poor condition, before having to walk the last part along narrow paths. Unfortunately the local hotel does not allow non-guests to walk through its grounds to the beach.
Tiwi Beach – especially good for surfing
The estuary of the Congo River has a constant high water level near the river, even at low tide. This means that Tiwi Beach has, in contrast to other Kenyan beaches, exceptionally good conditions for windsurfing. Equipment is available for everybody to hire from a water-sports provider at the hotel complex.
Tiwi Beach is also great for long walks along the water, especially at low tide when the water goes out to reveal a spacious, shimmering, white beach. If walking is too exhausting for you, you can also admire the beauty of Tiwi Beach from the back of a camel. Rides on these gentle animals are offered by camel guides, but you will find that some of them charge rather high prices for the pleasure.
Like everywhere on the Kenyan coast, Tiwi Beach provides good snorkelling conditions. If you walk to the reef at low tide you should wear appropriate footwear because of the very poisonous stonefish which are commonly found here. At Tiwi Beach you will see many Massai, who are part of an East African tribe, who come here to sell souvenirs to the holidaymakers. Especially popular are handmade jewellery and self-crafted, wooden key rings. The Massai at Tiwi Beach are very friendly and welcoming and you can easily get into a conversation and discover more about this fascinating Kenyan tribe.
Tiwi Beach – Be aware of thieves in the northern part of the beach
In the northern area of Tiwi Beach are rocks with picturesque caves which provide you with a great scene for photos. However, according to the locals, this is exactly the spot where tourists have been robbed of their valuables. If you do want to go to the northern part of the beach without taking risks it is worth asking in the hotel for a security guard to accompany you there.