When you think of Kenya, you’re probably thinking of the sprawling Masai Mara, abundant wildlife, and thrilling safari drives. However, beyond the savannah sunsets, did you know that Kenya’s coastline is peppered with some of the most pretty, tropical beaches of the African subcontinent? Dotted with charming resorts, sacred forests, historic ruins, and UNESCO sites, and blessed with the whitest of sands and azure waters, Kenya beaches are absolute stunners. Here are 6 such Kenya beaches that deserve your attention.
Voted as one of the best beaches in Africa by TripAdvisor, Diani beach in Kenya is a must-visit. With its fine white sand and shimmering turquoise waters, this beach has numerous hostels, resorts, and even cozy tree houses for honeymooners! A great place for water sport enthusiasts to revel in.
Approximately a 2 hours’ drive from Mombasa, the quaint town of Malindi is home to a lovely beach that is a paradise for sky surfers, snorkelers and scuba divers. Surrounding the beach, are a handful historical attractions like the famous Vasco da Gama Pillar and the Malindi Museum. Referred to as “Little Italy” by the locals, Malindi has the best Italian cuisine in the region!
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Located north of Diani beach, the hidden Tiwi beach is apt if you’re looking for some of the best snorkelling spots of the country, and most importantly – a dash of tranquillity. The beach has just one resort, and just a few cottages and guesthouses with no restaurants and bars. Stroll along the beach shore, and you’ll be able to literally touch the coral reef as you walk.
Watamu Beach – Turtle Bay
Also known as Turtle Bay, Watamu is one of the most popular beaches of Kenya, and is dotted with glitzy resorts and villas. While the beach is a great spot for a swim or delightful beach activities, it is also home to the abandoned Gede Ruins – an added bonus for history buffs. One of the best of all Kenya beaches!
Etched along Mombasa’s North Coast, Bamburi beach is coveted for its calm waters and soft white sand. Situated within the protected corals reefs of the Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve, Bamburi Beach attracts watersports enthusiasts and is also home to The Baobab Adventure – it’s main inland attraction, comprising of wildlife sanctuaries, game farms and nature trails.
Lamu is one of the oldest towns of Kenya and its nearby beaches offer miles of spotless sand, azure waters and open skies. Soak in the local culture at Lamu and frolic around this car-free resort, with its laid-back atmosphere. Also, make it a point to witness the cultural tradition of Dhow sailing and go on a cruise in one of them! When you think of Kenya beaches, this one should definitely be on the list.