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Kenyan Coast

Visit Kenya's Coast

Introduction

Kenya has a near perfect tropical coastline - hundreds of miles of sand shading from white to silver to gold. On one side it's laced with palm trees or forest or flanked by sand dunes. On the other lies the Indian Ocean, every shade of blue-green imaginable. Its waters are gentle near the shore, thanks to the coral reefs that act as barriers to the full force of the waves, and host an amazing array of tropical marine life.

The Kenyan coast is steeped in history, too. From the 9th century onwards, Arab and Indian traders arrived in dhows to trade, and created the special Swahili character of the coast, which still thrives. The very word is derived from the Arabic Sawahil, meaning ‘coast dwellers.' A few hundred years later, the Portuguese arrived, and made their own mark on the coast, most visible today at Fort Jesus in Mombasa. This, together with Malindi and the Old Town on Lamu island, offers an intriguing cultural edge to beach holidays in Kenya.

There are any number of luxury hotels to choose from for a perfect Kenya beach holiday and it would be easy to stay put in any of them and do nothing other than enjoy the sunshine - eight hours a day on average - and the sea. However, with so many Kenyan game parks close at hand, it's worth combining sea and safari in a tailor-made holiday.

Top itineraries in Kenyan Coast

Kenya Safari & Coast

14-day tailor-made journey from £2,935 pp incl. flights

This wonderful 14-day safari holiday takes in the beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife of Kenya before heading to the coast for a relaxing beach break on the spectacular Mombasa Coast.

Kenya Safari and Beach break

12-day tailor-made journey from £3,945 pp incl. flights

This classic ’conservancy safari’ visits two diverse eco-systems in the hands of expert guides, while staying at two luxurious bush camps. You'll begin at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy for two days of world-class game viewing before heading to the iconic Masai Mara and then on to the Mombasa coast.

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Top places to stay in Kenyan Coast

AfroChic Diani, Mombasa

Contemporary hotel

AfroChic Diani, with its beautiful furnished landscaped garden and its free form crystal clear swimming pool, is situated right on the edge of the gorgeous white ands of Diani beach, 27 km south of Mombasa on Kenya's east coast.

Serena Beach Resort and Spa, Mombasa

Traditional resort

An ideal post-safari pause, the Serena Beach Resort entices with white sands, fine seafood dining and a full spread of complimentary activities. The superb spa doesn’t hurt, either.

Baobab Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya

Contemporary resort

Located on the beautiful Diani beach, and set amongst tropical gardens, the Baobab Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect spot to unwind and relax. It’s an oasis of calm overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean and stretches of golden sand.

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Where to go in Kenyan Coast

Watamu

Watamu is Swahili for ‘sweet people' and this sleepy little village is a suitably charming place on the edge of wide, white sand beaches and pure blue sea, which is suitable for swimming during both high and low tides. Underwater, Watamu teems with tropical fish, flashing bright beneath the blue.

South of Mombasa

South of Mombasa lies the stuff of tropical beach dreams, reached after a distinctly non-dreamy but often entertaining ride on the busy Likoni Ferry. Blindingly white beaches, soft sun warmed sand, palm fronds rustling in the breeze, it's completely clichéd but only because it really is this beauti…

North of Mombasa

North of Mombasa is a long stretch of beach, which runs for many miles, all the way up to the wide mouth of Kilifi Creek, a popular stop for the international yachting circuit.

Lamu

The island of Lamu feels as though it has an enchantment cast over it. Life is gentle on this Kenyan island surrounded by dhows and lined with deserted sand dunes. Lamu has its own languorous clock – time ticks soft and slow here.

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