There are few better ways to finish of a Kenyan safari than with a few final days relaxing on its golden coastline.

North and south of bustling Mombasa, a number of charmingly rustic palm-lined beaches, the waters dotted with fishing boats and passing dhows. Diani beach has wonderful white sand and is known for its coral reefs and as a kitesurfing destination, while nearby Tiwi is lower key.

120km (75 miles) up the coast is Malindi, a small city and historical port classic examples of Swahili and colonial Portuguese architecture as well as fine beaches. Neighbouring Watamu is a peaceful village siting in a Marine National Park, a continuous protected coastal area that is held as of the best snorkelling and diving areas in East Africa. It is home to around 600 species of fish and over 100 coral species in usually clear water. Of the larger species, commonly seen are whale sharks, manta rays, octopus, barracuda and occasionally dolphins. The dive season lasts from September through to April, November to January being optimal, and some dives taking place within the reef in August.

There are a handful of laid back properties and luxury resorts we suggest on the Kenyan Coast, fine places to swim, catch some sun or big game fish, kitesurf, experience the culture and learn about the rich history here.

What to do

  • Enjoy the crowd-free picturesque beaches.
  • Discover the history of Swahili culture with the numerous historical and archaeological sites.

Accommodation in the Kenyan Coast

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