The best things to do in Diani beach are the different activities to take part in at the southern coast of Kenya.
Diani Beach is one of the best beaches in the word boasting a magnificent 25 kilometers stretch of white sand and crystal clear water on Indian Ocean, the beach is located to the South coast of Kenya., 30 kilometers south of Mombasa in Kwale Country.
About Diani beach
Diani Beach has been voted Africa’s leading beach destination for the fifth time running since 2015.
Diani Beach is made up of Tiwi Beach, Galu Beach, Chale Island, Funzi Island and Kinondo Island. The beach’s pearly – white sands blend into the turquoise warm waters of the Indian Ocean which creates a perfect backdrop of tranquility of a memorable tropical beach holiday.
Dian Beach is one of a kind of destination with a few destinations that can match its standards, the beach offers a range of amazing activities to do during your beach holiday ranging from sky diving to sea diving, deep sea fishing to kite and wind surfing.
Visiting Diani Beach
Diani Beach is an amazing beach featuring pearly- white sands and turquoise warm waters with coral reefs making a magnificent beachfront, the ocean line of Diani Beach stretches to Kisite Mpungiti Marine Park which is home to a rich aqua life including dolphins among others.
Taking a walk on the pearly white sands of the beach will make you appreciate the beauty of the beach and a swim in the warm waters is sensational.
EXPLORE THE KONGO MOSQUE
The Kingo Mosque is not just a mosque but also a historic site the mosque has stood for ages and it is believed to have been built using coral stones between 13th and 14th century by Arab Merchants, this mosque has an ancient structure with a rich history that has now turned into a tourist attraction and one of the site to visit on Diani Beach.
The Kongo Mosque was formerly known as Diani Persian Mosque a name which was coined by the Arab Merchants who occupied the area by then and used the mosque as a place for worship.
VISIT THE SHIMONI SLAVE CAVES
The Shimoni Slave Caves are tucked further away in the village of Shimoni in Kwale County, these rugged ancient caves are a reminder of slave trade which is some of the darkest periods in human history and also a historical gem that goes back many centuries.
The caves cover over 5 kilometers inland and have a complex tunnels that have been used for various functions at different times, the huge stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave represent the age of the caves and while inside the cave you will feel the complete horror surrounding the caves.
In the past that is before the slave trade, the caves were used for spiritual rituals or as hiding place during wars.
ECO BIKE RIDES
Get a bike and get lost into the interiors of Diani Beach and marvel at the fascinating beauty, eco bike rides at Diani beach are a must do designed to offer you a unique tour of the Diani and its spectacular environment.
Cycle along the white sand beach, through the villages and he revered Kaya Kinondo forest offering you the most memorable experience.
DISCOVER KAYA KINONDO FOREST
The Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest is one of the oldest forests on the South Coast of Kenya, the forest spreads out along the coast province of Kenya approximately 200 kilometers. There are ten separate forested sites mostly on low hills ranging in size from 30 to 300 ha which are the remains of fortified villages.
The forest hosts over 187 plant species, 48 species of birds and 45 species of butterflies representing five percent of Kenya’s known butterfly species. There is also the rare Zanji Elephants Shrew and threatened Colobus monkeys among others.
A tour in the sacred forest of Kinondo forest will leave you enlightened on the cultural and spiritual importance of the forest to the Digo people.
GO DEEP SEA FISHING
Diani Beach is situated not far from the Pemba Channel which is one of the best fishing spots in the world, the channel is home to various fish species including stripped, black and blue Marlin, sailfish, broadill, Mako, Tiger and other sharks, Wahoo, Yellowfin, Tun, Dorado, Giant Trevally among others.
Visiting the Pemba Channel will offer you a magical fishing experience and catching big fish.
WORK WITH THE COLOBUS TRUST
Visitors on a holiday at Diani Beach can volunteer with the Colobus Trust – a non-profit Organzation that is wholly dedicated to the conservation of the Colobus monkey especially Colobus angolensis which is found in Diani and has been classified as an endangered species, with populations that have been drastically reduced by human encroachment, road kills and snares by poachers.
You can have a volunteering holiday for 3-4 weeks.
VISIT DIANI ART GALLERY
Diani Art Gallery is the only gallery located at the coast of Kenya offering a wide variety of fine African Art with a diverse selection of painted works, sculptures and photography hailing from well – known artists and up – and coming creative from Kenya and Africa.
You can also participate in art classes, wine and cheese evening and other events.
VISIT CHALE ISLAND WITH A BIKE
A bike on the beautiful Chale Island is mesmerizing, Chale Island is the only private resort island in Kenya with Diani as the gateway to this beautiful island, you can rent a bike at the Baharini shopping center for a thrilling ride through the island. Also you can go for quad biking.
DEEP SEA DIVING
The waters of Indian Ocean around Diani Beach are usually warm and clear which makes them perfect for diving due to great visibility, there are several diving spots along the coast where diving is done.
Diving is offered by several companies and divers will enjoy the clear waters, colorful reefs and vibrant aquatic life.
ADRENALINE PACKED ACTIVITIES
Diani Beach is a perfect destination for adrenaline junkies, the beach offer a number of activities including sky diving, jet skiing, kite surfing and windsurfing which are perfect activities for adrenaline junkies.
WHALE SHARK SAFARIS
Diani Beach is one of the best sites in the world to see the whale sharks, whale sharks are the largest fish in the world measuring up to 18 meters and weighs approximately 20 tons. These beautiful creatures thrive in the warm waters off Diani Beach where the East frican Whale Shark Trust (EAWST) is involved in projects intended in creating awareness, tag and monitor the population of the whale sharks.
On your holiday in Diani Beach, you can sign up as a volunteer and get involved in conservancy efforts of the Whale Sharks first hand.
If you are still asking for a reason to add Diani Beach on your bucket list destinations, the above activities are the perfect reason to book your safari now.