Nestled in Kwale County approximately 30 kilometers south of the famous historic city of Mombasa, Diani is an amazing holiday destination endowed with pristine white sandy beaches, lush tropical vegetation and a vibrant cultural diversity. Combined with the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, this makes Diani a beckoning haven for holidaymakers.
Whether you are an adventure or relaxation seeker, or seeking a bit of both, then Diani has something to offer you. In this article, The Kwale Journal provides an in-depth insight of things that will make your visit to this place certainly memorable.
1. Relax on the White Sands
Diani is renowned for its sparkling sandy beaches and crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean. If you come to Diani, you can spend your stay lounging under the swaying palms, listening to the gentle lull of the waves, or even take leisure strolls along the unspoilt shoreline and witness breathtaking sunrises and sunsets painting the skyline in hues of orange and pink.
2. Snorkeling and Diving Adventures
While in this breathtaking holiday destination, you can choose to dive into the vibrant underwater world and explore the coral reefs and vibrant marine life. Here numerous tour operators offer snorkeling and scuba diving excursions, giving you a rare opportunity to witness the kaleidoscope of colors beneath the water surface.
3. Kite Surfing
Diani beach’s consistent winds make it an ideal spot for both armature and experienced kite surfers. If you are a thrill-seeker, Diani provides you an exceptional opportunity to feel the thrills of gliding across the ocean waters while enjoying the stunning coastline views. And if you miss a chance to kite surf, you can just relax at the beach and enjoy watching other kite surfers doing their things.
4. Explore Colobus Conservation
If you are a nature enthusiast, the Diani is a must visit place for you. Here you have a chance to visit the Colobus Conservation to see the rare Angolan Colobus Monkey (colobus angolensisi pilliatus). Colobus Conservation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection of this endangered monkey species. To get the most out of this you can take a guided tour to learn more about the colobus monkey and other fascinating monkey species at an up close range.
Apart from the colobus conservation tours, you can also visit the nearby Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest and discover the cultural heritage of the indigenous Digo community. The Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest is a living cultural landscape, offering insights into the traditional beliefs and practices the Mijikenda people.
5. The Shimba Hills National Reserve
Are you a fan of adventure safaris? Then immerse yourself in nature by exploring the nearby Shimba Hills National Reserve, that is home to the only remaining sable antelope population in Kenya. The Shimba Hills Reserve also known as the Paradise of the Sable Antelope offers guided safari opportunities where one can spot a variety of wildlife including the rare sable antelopes, giraffes, elephants, water bucks, and a number of bird species for bird watching lovers. Inside the reserve, there is also the enchanting Sheldrick Falls providing a picturesque backdrop for you day adventures.
6. Dolphin Watching at Kisite/Mpunguti
While in Diani, you can embark on a boat safari to spot dolphins and whale sharks in their natural habitat at the famous Kisite/Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve situated at the southernmost part of Kwale in Shimoni/Wasini area. Shimoni is accessible by road, and it is situated at a distance of around 30minutes drive from Diani. You the take a boat ride to the marine park ‘Home of the Dolphins’ that is a hotspot for these majestic creatures, offering a chance to witness their playful antics or witness the overwhelming sight of a whale shark breaching the surface.
7. Sampling Local Cuisine
For the food lovers, Diani offers you a chance to experience the rich flavors of the coastal Kenya cuisine by dining at one of the numerous beachfront restaurants where you sample fresh seafood, Swahili dishes, and tropical fruits and juices, and also savor a beachside barbecue as you enjoy the cool ocean zephyr.
With its blend of natural beauty and cultural richness, Diani offers a memorable escape to unwind. Whether you are seeking relaxation on the sun-kissed shores or just embarking on thrilling water adventures, Diani Beach invites you to create lasting memories in this tropical paradise.
Are you ready? Then pack your bags, and let the magic of Diani unfold before you.