Diani Beach on the southern coast of Kenya is the ultimate in secluded luxury and picture postcard looks. Only a one hour drive away from Mombasa, Diani Beach is a destination that has become popular with locals as well as celebrities around the world and its luxurious status is a far cry from its former fishing village ways. Now you’ll find thatched roofed huts along a pearly white beach with classy villas lining the shoreline.
Apart from spending days on the beautiful beach, Diani Beach is also near Shimba Hills Nature Reserve which is the home to some of Kenya’s most exotic creatures. Elephants, giraffes, antelopes, leopards and monkeys roam the land and can be seen often be seen on a tour around the park. Jadini Forest is also a great place to see black and white colobus monkeys if you fancy a more close up view of Kenya’s wildlife.
The star of the show is Diani Beach’s coastline. 25km of white sand stretches from Mwachema River to Gazi Bay which makes for quite the Instagram picture. Beach bums will find thatch-roofed huts to grab a cool drink from during the day and if you’re feeling peckish, grab some fresh pineapple from a beach vendor! Water sports and diving excursions are also available here if you want to spend a day on the ocean!
The local dish in Diani Beach is goat. Curried goat and barbecued goat are popular meals that you’ll find in most restaurants as well as fresh fish that’s been caught that morning. European and Asian dishes are also available on Diani Beach Road, the main street which runs parallel to the beach. If you want to carry on your evening, head down to the quiet beach huts have turned into lively cocktail bars by nightfall.