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About Diani Beach

Topping Kenya’s list of hot travel destinations is Diani Beach with its miles of palm-fringed white powdery beaches, lapped by the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

Just an hour’s drive and a short ferry ride from Mombasa, the former fishing village of Diani Beach has been transformed into a chic resort that attracts A-list celebrities. Find your ideal vacation location on FlipKey!

About Diani Beach

Stretching 25-kilometres from the Mwachema River Delta to the isolated Gazi Bay, Diani Beach is a textbook tropical paradise that offers everything you could possibly want from an East African beach vacation.

With all types of accommodation available, from no-frills backpacker hotels to 5-star honeymoon luxury retreats, on FlipKey, you’re sure to find a deal that matches your budget.

Before the 1970s, Diani Beach was a remote fishing village cut off from the rest of the world. But then a sudden wave of European tourists looking for winter sun took advantage of the pristine beach, and created new resorts to accommodate their guests.

Development continued while trying to keep building in harmony with nature to produce what is now a world-class Indian Ocean destination.

Every kind of water sport is available from kite surfing to jet skis, with diving centers and fishing charter operators all sporting the latest equipment. What are you going to try?

What to do in Diani Beach

There's lots to do at Diani Beach. First thing, relax! Enjoy the sun, sand and sea during your vacation.

If you want to get away for a bit, follow the main road that runs alongside the beach to three shopping centers, a craft market and restaurants that can give the best in Nairobi a run for their money.

A marine paradise awaits the intrepid diver or snorkeler, with colorful coral reefs just 10 minutes from the shore in the Kisiti Marine Park and Mpunguti Marine National Reserve.

Kenya also boasts some of the best deep sea fishing found anywhere in the world with the chance to catch giant migratory marlin, sailfish and tuna. Unlike many other top fishing destinations, you do not have to wait to get the lures in the water as you are right on the action as soon as you leave port.

If you get tired of the beach, you can take a tour of Mombasa and the 16th century Portuguese Fort Jesus that was built to protect the harbor from Arab raiders.

Plus, just a 20-minute drive away and you’re at the Shimba Hills National Reserve where you can be awed by the 25-metre high Sheldrick Water Falls. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife that include elephants, leopards, antelopes, monkeys and giraffes.

Top Diani Beach travel tips

Straddling the equator, Diani Beach has year-round tropical weather with the rainy seasons between April-May and November-December the months to avoid.

If you’re looking for a winter sun escape that offers not only the perfect beach but wildlife excursions and world-class fishing, FlipKey has the right Diani Beach vacation rental to suit all your requirements.