Mombasa is the largest city on the Kenyan coast and combines city excitements with beach relaxation. The coastal area features nearly 500 kilometers of tranquil white beaches, golden sand dunes, warm aqua water and an idyllic secluded islands. The beaches are one of the main attractions and the coral reefs offer some of the best diving in Kenya. Here is our guide to the main beaches at the beautiful coast

Diani Beach

About 25 kms from Mombasa is one of the best known beaches, and offers everything a visitor could wish for: restaurant, shops, golf course, night spots, the Columbus Trust, an area of indigenous forests that provide a sanctuary for the areas of many Columbus monkeys, and The Kaya Kinodo, which is a cultural centre built around the sacred Kaya (grove) of the Digo People. There are other activities on offer such as swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking, diving, water sports, dhow trips, nature trails, historic places of interests and visits to nearby Shimba Hills.

We recommend staying at:

  • Elewana Afrochic
  • Swahili Beach Resort
  • The Sands at Nomad
  • Baobab Beach Resort and Spa

Watamu and Turtle Bay

The 8 km white sandy beach has been voted top ten beaches in the world. Watamu, popularly known as the wonderful Watamu (near Malindi) is a popular coastal resort which is a home to an exotic mix of local residents, visiting Massai warriors, Italians, Germans and remains of the British settlers. The 8 km white sandy beach has been voted top ten beaches in the world.

We recommend staying at:

  • Hemingways Watamu
  • Turtle Bay 


It is one of the oldest settlements of Kenya’s coast, dating back to the 13th Century where explorer Vas Co Da Gama first set foot in East Africa. In 1930, Malindi achieved fame as the preferred fishing and drinking haunt of Ernest Hemmingways who fished for the big game fish off the coast. Apart from having attractive tourist resorts today, many big game fishing competitions are held here and attract anglers from all over the world who come to battle with the sea giants such as reef shark and sail fish.

We recommend staying at:

  • Diamonds Dream of Africa
  • Malindi Dream Garden 


Lamu is the oldest and best-preserved of the Swahili settlements in East Africa and a centre for study for the Swahili culture. It was once a thriving port and after wars with neighboring island kingdoms it was finally blockaded. Lamu is a living monument in its part. There are the old houses showing the art and architectural skills of the Swahili people in the town. Majority of the people here are Muslims and Lamu proudly hosts the important Maulid Muslim Festival (a festival in the celebration of the birth of Mohamed) which attracts pilgrims from all over Africa. The famous Kiunga Marine National Reserve is situated in Lamu.

We recommend staying at:

  • The Majlis
  • Kizingo 
  • Manda Bay