The Kenyan coast is a fabulous place to chill out on gorgeous, coconut-palmed fringed beaches, watch black and white Colobus monkeys emerging from the trees and dhows sailing on the horizon, or to swim in the Indian Ocean and enjoy Swahili food, hospitality and culture. From mainland destinations such as Diani Beach to islands such as Lamu and Manda, you’re spoilt for choice!
Reasons to visit Kenya Coast & Lamu include:
The best time to go to the Kenyan coast is during the cooler winter months, July to September, or late November through to March. May through to early July and November are the rainy months and if you want to avoid the heat then don’t visit in March and April.
The coast and the islands are easily reached by air from Nairobi or Mombassa with flights taking between an hour and an hour and a half. This coastal area is the perfect place to end a holiday in Kenya giving a wonderful contrast to a safari in the Masai Mara or Amboseli reserves.
Whether you are looking to stay on the mainland or on one of the islands there is a good range of accommodation available to suit all tastes. There are boutique hotels, lodges, guest houses and resorts. You could opt for seclusion at Sands on the tiny island of Chale, or go for a more luxury option with plenty of activities on hand such as Lantana Galu Beach
A beautiful boutique style lodge on the sands of Diani Beach in Kenya.
A stunning location on miles of empty beach and plenty to see and do.
A small, rustic beach lodge with excellent environmental ethics on Manda Island.
A lovely small Swahili style house on the sandy beaches of Diani.
A luxury beach resort with rooms and apartments in Watamu, south of Malindi.
A small, exclusive and charming hotel overlooking the entrance to the Shela Channel on the island of Lamu.
Kinondo Kwetu is a small all-inclusive luxury beach lodge in the far south.
13 comfy chalets on the beach on Lamu Island, with great pool and strong links with local village.
Kizingo Lodge has 8 bandas offers a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere on a 12km long beach.
A luxury lodge right next to Shimba Hills.
An all-suite resort on an unspoilt beach just south of Diani Beach, combining privacy with a wide range of facilities.
Relax in style on the north west tip of Manda Island, Lamu.
Msambweni Beach House is an exclusive boutique lodge on the southern Kenya coast.
Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa is a friendly medium-sized, great value hotel on beautiful white sands south of Diani.
A gorgeous tiny island resort off the southern Kenyan coast.
Small, luxurious boutique hotel on the Diani Beach area of coast.
A large Swahili-style beach hotel with a pool and several restaurants.
A small, luxury boutique hotel in the Lamu Archipelago.
Tijara Beach is an exclusive hideaway on the Kenyan coast offering a tranquil and relaxing stay perched above the Indian Ocean.
Turtle Bay Beach Club offers all-inclusive accommodation and provides entertainment for the whole family.
Time: GMT +3 hours
Flights from Europe to Nairobi take about 9 hours direct.
Language: Kiswahili and English are the official languages.
Visas are required for European passport holders.
Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory, except yellow fever if coming from an infected area.