Best places for beach holidays in Kenya

Sandy beaches, clear water, coconut palms casting shadows and tropical colours characterise beach holidays on the Kenyan coast. This is the perfect area to relax before or after a safari. You can do nothing at all, or get involved in the many activities available, both in and out of the water.

There are plenty of possibilities for water-based activities like diving, snorkelling and kitesurfing. The coast is an excellent area both for experienced water sports enthusiasts and beginners. You can make use of a variety of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) diving schools and other facilities that rent out equipment.

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Afro Chic is situated at the northern end of Diani Beach, not far from several shopping areas. Staying here means you can choose to visit the nearby restaurants and bars or enjoy the privacy of Afro Chic’s pool terrace and gardens.

Che Shale

Che Shale is located right on the beach where the steady onshore breeze offers perfect conditions for kite- and windsurfing. As well as these sports, you can go deep sea fishing or hang out on the swing seat on the beach and watch the black night sky bursting with stars

Diani Blue

One of Diani Blue's main natural attractions is its broad white beach frontage and often crystal-clear sea – great for beach holidays. You can relax on the beachfront terrace, have a drink or a meal, lie in the sun or take a snorkelling trip in the hotel’s boat.

Driftwood Beach Club

Driftwood Beach club is a great place for family beach holidays. Plan your stay around the tides: experience the sea on a snorkelling trip at high tide, then when swimming is difficult, at low tide, visit the town of Malindi. Diving and deep-sea fishing can also be organised.

Funzi Keys

Funzi Keys is about as remote as beach properties get in Kenya, so come here for an exclusive experience away from other tourists and in a pristine environment.

Hemingways Watamu

Hemingways is an internationally recognised game-fishing centre where you can try your luck hooking swordfish, marlin, sailfish and sharks. You can also go dolphin-watching, snorkel straight off the beach and go on BBQ and dhow trip to Sudi Island.

House on the Beach

House on the Beach is the perfect family or group beach house, in a location that's ideal for completely undwinding. And Tiwi Beach, one of the more accessible beaches that is virtually free of beach boys, has a lot to recommend it.

Kinondo Kwetu

Having stayed here a couple of times we think this is one of the very best small hotels on Kenya’s coast. Away from any beach boys it’s ideal for a quiet yet luxurious beach holiday. You can make use of the facilities at the PADI diving school.

Pinewood Beach Resort

Pinewood Beach Resort is located at the quiet, southern end of Diani Beach, known as Galu Beach. Enjoy your beach holiday in peace and maybe take the opportunity learn to dive at the neighbouring Aqualand water sports centre.

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