The Kenya Coast is a perfect place to relax in style; with palm fringed beaches and the warm Indian ocean lapping against the shore.
This is an exotic location and an exciting place to be, perfect for diving, snorkelling, big game fishing and a whole host of water sports, or if you need to unwind this tropical paradise is just for a place to relax and sunbathe. The coral reefs and marine parks are home to colourful fish and dolphins, even whales are sometimes seen. A vibrant historical past, also makes the Swahili culture and architecture of the region an interesting place to visit.
Lamu and it’s surrounding villages and islands, have an appeal that many find irresistible! This picturesque Swahili town with it’s quaint narrow streets and absence of cars, epitomises the slow, gentle way of life in this part of the world. It’s relaxed rhythm and charm, makes other quiet places on the east coast seem like sizzling metropolises! After flying in, the usual way to arrive is to sail across to Lamu by dhow (a locally made sailing boat). There are various places to stay from lovely Swahili houses with rooftop patios overlooking the sea, to hotels with pools and all mod cons. The Lamu Archipelago includes some very beautiful uninhabited islands and exclusive very upmarket destinations visited by rockstars and royalty.
Mombasa & Nyali
This famous old town has a fort dating back several centuries. Visitors can see beautifully carved Swahili architecture in the old town of Mombasa (ornately carved wooden doorways etc). Evening dhow trips to the harbour can be arranged with meals and entertainment laid on. There is a railway station, airport and large superstores and shopping malls. Nyali is slightly north of Mombasa and both Nyali and Mombasa and there are many rental homes and swanky hotels in this area. Bamburi nature reserve is close by where you can see hippos and various other animals.
Diani is a very popular destination in Kenya for so many European visitors. It has a beautiful long white sandy beach that stretches for several miles on the south coast. Many large hotels are found in Diani with dive clubs, discos, dhow trips, dolphin tours etc. This beach is close to the Shimba Hills nature reserve where you can see elephants and other wild animals. A little further south is Shimoni which is a beautiful place for a day trip. This unspoilt and less built up area of the coast offers superb diving opportunities and dolphins are frequently seen in this area.
North coast, Watamu is home to a marine park and is a popular area for deep sea fishing. There are one or two large hotels here; however, Watamu is most popular with the local expatriate population come to stay in rental cottages along this stretch of the coast. The long white sandy beach stretches for many miles. There are several attractions are in this area (Gedi ruins, Bioken snake park, marine park, etc).
A favourite with Italian visitors on the north coast so no shortage of great Italian food available. Nice bays and white sandy beaches and the Kisite Marine Park nearby. There are also entertainments here including clubs and casinos.
A picturesque creek with several holiday rental houses along the creek and overlooking the coast. Day trips include dhow trips, snorkelling and diving trips. Watersports activities available including jet skis, banana boat, water skiing etc.