Diani Beach
& the Kenyan Coast

Diani Beach is one of the most popular destinations on Kenya’s coast. A mix of amazing private homes and stylish resort hotels, it manages to retain its identity, and provide fun for all.

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Diani Beach Holidays & Safaris

Once a quaint Kenyan fishing village, its pristine white sands have made Diani Beach holidays becoming one of the most picturesque, sought-after destinations for those visiting Africa.

Covering around 15 kilometres of Kenya’s south coast, Diani Beach stretches out into the Indian Ocean, lined with coral, and backed by verdant expanses of palm trees. This lush backdrop not only makes it an indisputable African gem, but a perfect place to head after your safari holiday.

Although its scenery is far more readily associated with a traditional beach break, its location proximity to the small town of Ukunda, and the larger city of Mombasa, allows easy access out of the bush. 

There are plenty of conservation sites in the area, helping protect rare African primates. Meanwhile, a more traditional experience can be easily had a little while up the road from Diani Beach, on safari at the nearby Shimba Hills reserve, where you’ll experience zebras, buffalo and other lesser-spotted species.

However, a visit to this Kenyan paradise is also a mecca for those who love experiencing exotic marine life up close and personal. Watersports and snorkelling are a must, but to really get a different perspective of the diverse range of creatures in sparkling blue waters, head out on a traditional dhow boat.

A Diani dhow lets you take to the Indian Ocean in a manned vessel, spending the day out in the waters, with options for snorkelling and scuba diving to see all manner of fish, turtles, and even dolphins. Truly, explorers and pleasure-seekers alike will find something to treasure on a unique Diani Beach holiday.

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To Reasons To Visit Diani Beach & Kenyan Coast

Often the best safaris involve looking beyond the obvious highlights. It’s about the exhilarating encounters that will make your heart sing. These are encounters that nobody could ever predict, but that make your safari genuinely unique.

Best time to go visit Diani Beach

Soak up the sun from January to March, and June to October

Temperatures at Diani Beach are consistently high, but visitors wanting to make the most of their experience may prefer to visit when the sun is at its peak.

In fact, you will be most likely to soak up the sun in February, which is the peak of summertime in Kenya. The warm weather and cloudless skies provide the perfect conditions at sea, with ocean waters you can see clear through.

However, we often recommend avoiding the rush during the warm African winter from June until August. Nominally, our summertime may be winter in Kenya, but the temperature will still soar, with minimal chance of rain. Despite the favourable conditions, and minimal humidity, these months are quieter, meaning that you’re likely to be able to enjoy deserted white sandy beaches and low season prices on your Diani Beach holiday. 

Best time to go visit Diani Beach

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Our Favourite Camps & Lodges

When it comes to accommodation, there’s a huge range of choice available for every budget and every trip type. For an all-encompassing experience, we recommend mixing and matching accommodation types, from light tented camps immersed in the wild to stylish luxury camps where you can kick back without missing any of the action.
Kinondo Kwetu

Kinondo Kwetu is a smallish relaxed beach lodge on the quiet, almost secluded, Galu Beach on Kenya’s southern coast.

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Hemingways

Located on the beautiful Turtle Bay and with all the necessary facilities to make for an enjoyable bit of down-time on the beach.

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Alfajiri Villas

Originally just the Beach Villa, the owners Fabrizio and Marika Molinaro have undergone a triumphant expansion of the site.

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Diani Beach Safari (FAQS) NEED TO KNOW

Is it possible to combine a Kenyan safari with a trip to Diani Beach?

Absolutely – thanks to its close proximity to larger towns, and excellent road, rail and airport connections, a Diani Beach holiday is a perfect addition to your Kenyan safari itinerary. Spend a few days on the coast in the luxurious comfort of Diani, as a way to unwind after exploring the trails on safari.

Is Diani Beach a suitable destination for children?

With its relaxed atmosphere and family-friendly range of places to stay, Diani Beach makes for an excellent holiday spot for all age groups. Children will love spending time on the beach, or exploring the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean, with kids’ scuba classes available from local guides and resorts.

What is the accommodation at Diani Beach like?

A Diani beach holiday is a laid-back affair, and its lodgings are a testament to this. There are excellent hotels and camps dotted along the coastline, catering to all budgets and tastes, so get in touch with the team at Natural High Safaris and we’ll gladly help you find the right one for your needs.

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