I love Kenya’s south-coast beaches for their combination of beautiful crescents of white sand, warm clear waters teeming with marine life and fascinating Swahili culture and history. This part of Kenya was ‘discovered’ long ago with all that entails, but careful searching can find rubies in the sand – which is what our carefully curated luxury beach lodges represent.
Whether you want to land a marlin or catch some rays on the beach, or some air while kite surfing, the south Kenya coast beaches offer a vast array of activities to satisfy the indolent and the intrepid. Swim, snorkel or scuba – the Indian Ocean is your playground.
… Or come ashore – just like the nesting turtles of Funzi Island – and be guided through the aromatic alleyways of Mombasa, an ancient port city which features the Renaissance Fort Jesus (a Unesco World Heritage Site). Other, more sombre reminders of local history can be seen at the Shimoni Slave Caves.
If you prefer your history to be of the natural variety, head inland on a game drive into the Shimba Hills National Reserve, which is noted for its elephant and sable antelope.
The main attraction remains however the almost unbroken string of beaches, beginning with Msambweni (just north of the border with Tanzania) and the nearby time-warp Wasini Island, continuing through Diani Beach and then ending with Watamu and Malindi.
Marine national reserves demonstrate that Kenya takes coastal conservation seriously, and preserve some of the very best of this fascinating swathe of Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast.