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You may have known Kenya for its astounding game reserves and wildlife safaris, but the East African country has more than that to offer; its stunning beaches. The country is gifted with a 1420 km long coastline which is studded with some of the continent’s finest tropical retreats. Palm fringed stretches of white sand, warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, enormous coral reefs, luxury beach resorts, and thrilling water adventures are what characterise a typical Kenyan beach.

A wildlife safari tour in Kenya can be easily clubbed with a visit to one of these amazing beaches.


Diani Beach

The picturesque setting of white powdery sand, aquamarine waters and lush palm vegetation make this beach one of the popular beach destinations in Kenya. Diani is widely known among tourists for its amazing coral reef and calm waters, making it a perfect spot for scuba diving, snorkelling and a range of other water sports. While you can relax and have a fun time at beachside cafes and restros, a stay at one of the several beachfront resorts is recommended.


The quiet and relaxing Nyali attracts holidaymakers looking for some peaceful time. Just a short drive from Mombasa, it is among Kenya’s less crowded beach destinations. Sunbathing, swimming and surfing are among the common activities people indulge in at Nyali. The beach also flaunts a beautiful marine life which can be enjoyed by snorkelling or on a glass bottomed boat. There are a plenty of beachfront accommodation options to choose from.

Lamu Island

Lamu is a UNESCO Word Heritage Site known for its well preserved Swahili settlements, but that’s not the only highlight of this island. It is an exotic holiday destination with miles of unspoilt and alluring beaches. Some of the popular activities travellers indulge in here are exploring the Swahili settlements, going for a cruise on a dhow (a traditional boat), trying Swahili cuisine, and taking a leisurely stroll on its beaches.

Watamu Beach

Also known as Turtle Bay, this 7 km long stretch of white sand is an ultimate tropical paradise. While the soft white sand and deep blue waters contribute to a picture perfect setting, the waters off the coast thrive with expansive coral reefs and wildlife like turtles, whale sharks, and manta rays. You can go scuba diving or snorkelling to explore the beautiful underwater wildlife. Travellers also like to visit the nearby attractions such as Gede Ruins and Arabuko Sokoke Forest.

Malindi Beach

Malindi is among the most visited beach destinations in Kenya and located right next to Watamu. A lot of Italian tourists flock to this place, giving it the name “Little Italy”. With offering activities like waterskiing, jet skiing, sailing, deep sea fishing, windsurfing, snorkelling, and scuba diving almost round the year, it is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Several resorts scattered along the coastline provide excellent stay options in Malindi.

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