The Kenyan coast has a lot to offer: from long stretches of pristine beaches to lush bushes bursting with wildlife and azure ocean waters that harbor various species of sea life. Here is a number of beaches listed by Jovago.com for your rest and relaxation.
Top on the list of Lamu’s pristine endowments are picturesque sceneries, white powdery sands and the warm ambiance of Swahili hospitality. The beaches are uniquely surrounded by timeless architecture that dates back to the 13th century. Lamu is also home to various cultural festivals of international acclaim.
Voted 2014’s winner for Africa’s Leading Beach Destination, Diani’s peaceful setting coupled with the various beach activities makes it an ideal location for rest and relaxation. Diani is located about 30 kilometers from Mombasa and is served by several daily flights. Apart from the refreshing swims, you can also enjoy dhow safaris, a trip to the Columbus monkey center, kite surfing and the Diani nightlife!
Vipingo Ridge, Kilifi
Vipingo beach is is uniquely quiet and it is sheltered away from the Coastal bustle due to its location in Kilifi County which is not as popular with tourists. This makes it ideal for visitors in pursuit of solitude and exclusivity. This is also an ideal location for whale watching, kite surfing and snorkeling for anyone looking for such. If you are a golf enthusiast, you might want to consider Vipingo Ridge the latest addition to this magnificent destination.
Watamu is highly recognized as home to the best snorkeling and diving areas on the East African Coast. Also of note, and very vital to the ecosystem is the Watamu Marine National park that is a major breeding ground for the rare green turtle. The park was among the very first to be established in the world, and is protected under UNESCO as a conservation site for various coral reef fish species and sea birds. It’s the only beach where you can watch turtles hatching.
This is for the adventurous souls and thrill-seekers looking to have an active holiday full of adrenaline fueling water sports. The surf is good almost throughout the year, making it a coveted destination for windsurfers. Malindi is the second largest town on the Kenyan Coast after Mombasa and attracts quite a large number of tourists throughout the peak season. Historic sites in Malindi include the Vasco Da Gama Pillar which was erected in 1948 by the famous Portuguese sailor cum explorer.
Beyond Lamu and stretching miles to the north is Manda Island, a virgin and unpolluted destination with isolated and clean beaches, coupled with lush forests that are home to a variety of wildlife. Sport fishing, inland expeditions, or sundowner cruises are perfect ways of spending time in this bare-foot island.