Diani Beach is with no doubt the most gorgeous stretch of white-sand beach ensconced among green palms along the Indian Ocean. Diani has always been famous as a holiday destination for her postcard beach and natural charm coupled with the friendliness of the locals.
If you haven’t been to Diani yet, this year is perhaps your year to experience & enjoy her tranquil beauty. And now is the best time to start making plans and reserving your hotel and things to do. And if you are still not sure, we would like to highlight a few reasons why Diani Beach should be your ultimate holiday destination this year.
Exquisite Hotels & Villas
There are a couple of world-renown hotels in Diani Beach and each one of them varies in size, leisure offerings, exotic cuisines and splendour – which is the main distinguishing factor. Some of the highest-rated hotels include Swahili Beach Resort, The Sands at Nomad, Leopard Beach Resort & Spa, Diani Sea Resort and Baobab Beach Resort. You will also find affordable accommodation in cottages and villas and they are in plenty among them; The Zubeida, Sunset Villa, Alfajiri, and Villa Diani House. If you value privacy, Villas & Cottages are your best bet for a memorable holiday at Diani Beach.
Diani is a real year-round destination for vacations. Clear blue skies characterize a normal day and the usual high humidity is balanced by a pleasant wind and makes the weather very tolerable all year round. And even during the rainy season, raining usually starts in the afternoon and often occurs at night which is pretty convenient.
Diani is one of the few places in Kenya you can fly directly from Nairobi, Mombasa or Maasai Mara to Ukunda airstrip. You can also take the ferry linking Mombasa Island and Diani Beach. The most affordable means, however, is by road using the local minibuses (matatus). From Mombasa town to Likoni Ferry is about Ksh 30. From the Likoni Ferry, take another matatu to Ukunda (30 km) for about Ksh 60. From Ukunda to Diani Beach, take another matatu about 5 km at the cost of about Ksh 30.
Diani offers a wide range of accommodations options including Beach Resorts, Beach hotels, Holiday Villas, Cottages and rentals. This provides you with a varied choice for every price point and with whatever budget you have, you can be certain to find a decent place to stay or activities to indulge in. Most of these can be found, compared & reserved online directly on our platform. Meals and drinks are moderately priced.
After a long day at the beach, you’ll want to try some of Diani’s finest entertainment joints and most of the hotels have in-house entertainment comprising of cultural shows & cocktail parties. But the magic happens as dusk sets in Ukunda (which is less than a kilometer from Diani Beach), where bars and clubs come alive with crowds of revelers mainly locals and the foreigners mixing freely to enjoy the great music.
Thrilling Beach Activities
The great thing about Diani Beach is that there’s always something to do on and off the beach regardless of the season. A host of beach activities and sports are available at the Beach. Snorkeling, kite surfing & scuba diving are among the major experiences you have to try. You can also try some golfing, beach football, deep-sea diving, and bike riding.
Good Networks, connectivity & power
The idea of a vacation is usually to take some time off the day to day hectic activities and just relax whilst enjoying yourself. And while some people prefer to stay away from their phones during a vacation, it is perfectly acceptable to share your moments with those close to you. The way to do that is usually through social media channels. Communication at Diani Beach is supported by reliable mobile phone service networks and high-speed internet. Hotels in Diani Beach have installed three square pin sockets as power sources in the rooms thus compatibility for your electrical appliances will not be a problem.
Game Drives Near the Beach
The prospects of seeing the wild like the warthog and zebras near the beach sound too outrageous to be true. But as with everything else in Kenya, Diani has yet another surprise for you. Shimba Hills National Reserve which is only an hour away from the beach provides a unique opportunity for game drives within Kenya’s North Coast. With blossoming natural vegetation, you also have the opportunity for hiking & nature walks as well as refreshing and therapeutic experiences at the Shedrick fall which is also within the park.
Finally, world celebrities prefer to sneak into Diani Beach for a well deserved holiday away from the glare of the paparazzi. Jose Mourinho the flamboyant football coach, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Naomi Campbell are some of the celebrities you could bump into.
Get to Diani beach this and every season and find out what Africa’s best-kept secret is all about first hand.