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Escape To Kenya’s Magnificent Beaches & Islands

Kenyan Beaches are Truly Breathtaking!

Kenyan beaches are known for being some of the best tropical beaches in the world. Kenyan beaches have a plenty to offer everyone, from a range of activities to breathtaking beach resorts. For those with a taste for adventure, pack your bag and discover the fantastic beaches with sparkling turquoise water , exotic beauty and fascinating marine wildlife.

Dotted with dazzling tropical breeze, Kenyan Beaches are renowned; each beach with its unique character. Lamu being more cultural, while Nyali’s proximity to Mombasa makes it more urbanised. 

Below is a list of  10 of the best beaches in Magical Kenya for relaxing, carousing or swimming:

1. Diani Beach

30 Km south of Mombasa, Diani is the most popular and beautiful beach in Kenya. This beach stretch of white sand and lush greenery invites you to relax under a colourful umbrella with a chilled refreshing drink. The beach provides a tranquil haven where you can relax and enjoy the warmth of the sun.

Kenyan Beaches - Diani


Diani is renowned for its coral-reefs, underwater sandbars, and widespread palm vegetation. The beach is a delightful location for swimming as well as surfing. If you want to have a calm chilled swim, walk along the beach, have a picnic with friends and family or engage in water sports, Diani beach is the best beach for all of these.

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2. Watamu Beach

More secluded and unspoiled than most other Kenyan beaches, Watamu is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This beach is breeding ground for different species of marine life including a variety of turtles earning it the name ‘Turtle Bay’.

Kenyan Beaches - Watamu

Watamu is a long stretch of beach; about 7km long is located on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, about 15km south of Malindi. Additionally, this beach is a swimmer’s paradise, giving you a delightful feeling and the alluring ocean gives an amazing sight. You can engage in some beach activities such as surfing, sunbathing or take a long walk along the shores. Turtle Bay is perfect for a calm and relaxing day by the sea.

3. Vipingo 

Surrounded by greenly vegetation of coconut palms, the water is calm and crystal clear. Vipingo beach is located near Kilifi in a coastal area which consist of Swahili villages.

Kenyan Beaches - Vipingo Ridge

The beach is scenic but it’s always isolated with very little crowd. If you would love to spend some peaceful and romantic time with your lover or friends, Vipingo beach is the best place to visit.

4. Lamu Beach

Lamu is the land of dhows. Dhow sailing is a cultural tradition in Lamu and the locals hold an annual competition. Dhows are the cheapest mode of transport, used to ferry people from Lamu beach to Shela beach and Manda Island, all the way to Kiwayu Island right next to Kiunga Marine National Reserve.

Kenyan beaches - Lamu Beach

You can set sail to watch the sunset in the deep sea, or cruise all the way to the marine park to snorkel and swim with dolphins if your timing is right, or you can go on an excursion to view the ruins of Takwa. Best of all is spending the night at sea on a luxurious dhow after a sumptuous meal of freshly caught fish.

5. Nyali Beach

Nyali beach, being a short distance from Mombasa, is well developed and appeals to holidaymakers who wish to be close to the airport and the North Coast. There is  a variety of accommodation to choose from. The beach itself is close to Mombasa Marine Park, where you can go snorkelling. You can also opt to view the marine life through a glass-bottomed boat. Spend time off the water at Haller ParkMamba Village Centre or Nguuni Sanctuary. At night, hit the club scene in Mombasa or within Nyali.

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