Diani Beach, in Kwale County, Kenya is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Big 7, a consortium of the world’s leading tourism companies, rated the upscale coastal beach among Africa’s finest beaches. The firm recently launched the 50 Best Beaches in the World report.
First, Big 7 derived its findings from a list of reviews from various organizations, recommendations from customers, and coverage from various media publications. It comes at the onset of the summer holidays when Kenya’s coast expects a peak from European visitors.
And Diani Beach is one of the favourite vacation destinations for international travellers. In it is a secret allure that keeps drawing visitors back.
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Why is Diani Beach Famous?
It’s a private resort situated on the south coast of Mombasa. One of the things making it so famous is its breathtaking location in Kenya’s holidaying coastal region.
The coastal beach prides in international accolades over the course of its history. During the Travelers’ Choice Awards in the year 2020, it got the highest possible ranking in the world.
Historians says its existence goes back to the 8th century when Arabs and Indians conducted business in the coastal cities. Diani beach, is about 25 kilometers long and features some of the finest five-star hotels in the country.
A dozen dignitaries from all over the world such as the head coach of AS Roma, Jose Mourinho have a tall tale about it. Mourinho was vacationed here.
Is Diani Beach Worth Visiting?
For a truly unique vacation experience, Diani Beach should be at the top of your priority list for the following reasons.
Enviable Coastal Climate
This picture-perfect beach hugs the beaches of the warm Indian Ocean. It features approximately 17km of beautiful white sand, azure water, and swaying palm palms. There are coral, and sand bars making it an ideal place to swim as well as participate in a variety of other water sports.
And if that wasn’t enough, there are several beautiful islands not too far away to explore!
You can spend your days by the pool or on a lounger. But you still can have mind-blowing safari experiences while at Diani Beach. You have an opportunity to go to Shimba Hills National Park.
Elephants, giraffes, buffalos, and the Roan and Sable antelopes graze in the grasslands. In contrast, you can observe black and white colobus monkeys, serval cats, red duikers, and suni antelopes in the nearby rainforest.
A trip to Diani is incomplete without snorkelling or diving at Wasini Island with a population of 3,000. There are no police, no automobiles; you travel on foot or via a boat. Wasini and the neighbouring Chale Island are havens for snorkelling and diving.
Take History Lessons at Funzi Island
While at Diani Beach, you have an opportunity to go to Funzi Island. It’s a good place to meet natives known for their fishing and sailing skills. Here, traditional African customs mix with Persian influences, including traces of the horrible slave trade serve you delightful history.
You haven’t been to Diani Beach if you skip the beach’s signature camel ride. A few, well-behaved camels add to the fascination of the coastline. You also enjoy a relaxed lifestyle, especially with the ‘Sip a Daw’ cocktail synonymous with the coast region.
Is Diani the Best Beach in the World?
Diani Beach is not only considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Africa, but also among the best in the world. CNN a while back ranked the beach as one of the best beaches in Africa and it’s easy to see why.
The beach abounds with beautiful mounts of white sand, crystal clear waters and palm trees along the beach. A good selection of cafés and restaurants add to the crown of Diani being a top holiday destination for international tourists.
Is There an Airport to Diani Beach?
The Moi International Airport in Mombasa is the airport that is most convenient for flying to and from Diani Beach. You can fly in via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or catch one of the direct flights from Europe or other African countries. Both options are available.
There is a modest airfield located on the outskirts of Ukunda where charter flights land. From here, the beach is a few kilometres away and the road network is perfect. Ideally, you can fly to Diani with ease from Nairobi or any other city in the world.