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Why Kenya’s Diani Beach Ranks Among the World’s Best Beaches

Diani Beach is one of the great beach destinations in the world ranked among the best bests in the world and is on the top of the list, this beautiful beach was ranked third beach on the African continent and 22nd best beach in the world by Travellers’ Choice Awards (Best of 2015).

TripAdvisor voted the beach among the top 25 beaches in the world in 2015 and voted one of the top beaches in Africa by CNN.

Diani Beach
Diani Beach

About Diani beach

Diani Beach is listed among the favorite vacation destination for international travelers loved because of its sparkling white sands, clear waters, lush greenery, numerous water sports and luxury resorts and hotels. Diani Beach is a perfect destination for everyone from families to couples. 

The Beach is located 30 kilometers south of Mombasa approximately 30 kilometers south of Mombasa, on the Indian Ocean Coast of Kenya, this beautiful tropical destination is surrounded by warm Indian Ocean with about 17 kilometers crystal white sand stretching from the Kongo River to the north and Galu Beach to the South. 

The Beach prides itself in international accolades it has received over the years which has made it to be recognized as a great beach destination worldwide and famous to travelers, according to historians, the existence of the Diani Beach goes back to 8th century when Arabs and Indians conducted business in the coast city. 

Over the years, Diani Beach has hosted a dozen dignitaries from all over the world such as Jose Mourinho the head coach of AS Roma who vacationed here. 

As already noted, Diani Beach is a famous beach destination and most travelers may ask themselves why is this beach famous? This article offers the answers to that.

Enviable Coastal Climate

Diani Beach is a picture-perfect beach hugged by warm waters of the Indian Ocean, crystal clear sand and palm trees, the beach features approximately 17 kilometers of beautiful white sand, azure water and swaying palm tree. The beach also has coral and sand bars making it an ideal place to swim and enjoy other water sports such as snorkeling, diving, kite surfing among others. 

You can also explore the several beautiful islands situated near the beach in Indian Ocean

Safari Escapades

While on a Kenya Beach on Diani Beach, you can spend the days by the pool or on a lounger. Also, you can enjoy thrilling and adventurous safari experience at Shimba Hills National Park – one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa, the park is situated in Kwale County 15 kilometers from the Coast and 33 kilometers from Mombasa.

Shimba Hills National Reserve is dominated by coastal rainforest, woodland and grassland and protects a biodiversity of plants including 50% of 159 rare plants in Kenya including endangered species of cycad and orchids.  The park is also home to over 500 elephants, sable antelopes, sheldrick waterfalls, black and white colobus monkeys, serval cats, red duikers and suni antelopes thriving the nearby rainforest. 


Snorkeling or diving are unmissable experiences at Diani Beach and they are done at Wasini Island, the island lies off the coast of Southeast Kenya 3 kilometers in Indian Ocean 75 kilometers south of Mombasa. The island is situated opposite the harbor of the village of Shimoni and is approximately 7 kilometers long and 3 kilometers across. 

To get to Wasini island you use a boat, also you can visit Chale Island for snorkeling and diving.

Take History Lessons at Funzi Island

A Kenya beach holiday at Diani Beach provides you with an opportunity to visit Funzi Island – a settlement in Kwale County, off the south coast of Kenya. The island is a good place to meet the locals known for their fishing and sailing skills. 

While at the Island, you will enjoy traditional African customs with a mix of Persian Influences, discover the traces of the horrible slave trade giving you a delightful insight into the history of the Indian Ocean. 

Camel Ride

 Camel riding along Diani Beach is a fun activity to do on this beautiful beach ranked as one of the best beaches in Africa, also you can enjoy a relaxed lifestyle with the Sip a Daw cocktail synonymous with the coast region. 

Is Diani the Best Beach in the World?

Diani Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Africa as well among the best in the world, the beach has been awarded the best beach destination in Africa for 5 years running. 

Diani Beach is surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean, beautiful white sand and crystal-clear waters and beautiful palm trees along the beach which is picture – perfect which an incredible reason to visit Diani

On the beach there are a good selection of cafes and restaurants to drink and dine, world class beach resorts and hotels making it a great holiday destination for international tourists. 

Frequently asked questions about Diani Beach 

Is There an Airport to Diani Beach?

The most convenient way to get to Diani Beach is by flying and the main gateway is The Moi International Airport in Mombasa, also you can fly via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or catch one of the direct flights from Europe or other African countries which are very much available.

You can also get to Diani Beach using charter flight landing at an airstrip of Ukunda, from the airport it a few kilometers. You can easily fly from Nairobi to Diani’s Ukunda Airport.

Is Diani Beach Worth Visiting?

With all the reasons listed and mentioned above, Diani Beach is a truly rewarding beach destination to visit for a vacation.  

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