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Beautiful white sands, palm tree adorned roads, promenades leading to turquoise warm waters and tropical gardens everywhere, Diani is a beautiful beach retreat and ideal for either a full holiday or relaxing resort to spend a few days after a safari or touring other destinations. Check out the top luxury 5* resorts in Diani below
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Swahili Beach Resort Diani
5* 907 reviews
Leopard Beach
Leopard Beach luxury resort and spa
5* 225 reviews
Diani Reef
Diani Reef 5 star luxury beach resort
5* 866 reviews

About Diani Beach:
Diani Beach, also known as the "Jewel of the Kenyan Coast", is a stunning beach located on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. This beach is famous for its white sand, crystal clear waters, and stunning coral reefs. The area has become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, with plenty of activities and attractions to explore. Diani Beach is located south of Mombasa, and is considered one of the best beaches in the world. The beach stretches for 25km along the coast, and is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. The sand is a powdery white, and the waters are shallow and clear, making it a perfect spot to swim, snorkel, or just relax. The beach is also home to a variety of marine life, such as dolphins and sea turtles, which can be easily spotted from the shore.The area around Diani Beach is full of activities to explore. You can go deep sea fishing, take a boat ride to the nearby island of Wasini, or explore the nearby villages and markets. There are also plenty of beach bars and restaurants, offering delicious local cuisine. For those looking for a more active vacation, there are plenty of water sports available, including kite surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, and scuba diving. Diani Beach is also home to a variety of luxury resorts, offering comfortable accommodation and beautiful views. The resorts offer a range of services and amenities, from spas and swimming pools, to yoga classes and outdoor activities.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday or an active adventure, Diani Beach is the perfect destination for an unforgettable experience. With its stunning beauty and endless activities, it’s no wonder that this beach has become one of the most popular holiday spots in Kenya.

What people say:
"A jewel on the east african coast. A wonderful and neglected part of the world. Beautiful beaches, friendly people and lots and lots to do. We were fortunate to find a budget friendly accommodation right on beach road, so amazingly located, which turned out to be the best decision ever. The staff were so helpful. the accommodation was practical, safe and comfortable. The costs were low so we had a lot more money to spend on experiences and amazing safaris!"

"Beautiful beach. Many kilometres of clean white sand and clear blue water. Quite a few locals selling goods and trips which get a bit much at times. Lots of shells and good walks to sand bars when the tide is out. Well worth a visit."

"For Us The Best Beach in the World. Have been traveling to Diani Beach many times over the years, with children from ages of 5 & 6, with husband, with friends - fabulous warm sea, white sands, safe and the beach boys are friendly and if you say no thank you they will leave you alone"

"One of the worlds most amazing stretches of beach ... pure white sand and minty blue seas straight out of a picture postcard... Diani has soooooo much potential as a world class tourist destination but unfortunately nothing much has changed over the last 20 years and as a result the wider area suffers accordingly, although the natural environment is great things like food, amenities, shopping, restaurants, bars and service all suffer... a decent road all the way through Diani, a smattering of high quality bars and restaurants and perhaps one ‘six senses’ type resort would make this really special. Not worth traveling to just for Diana but add a few days onto your trip post safari and you’re in for a treat."

"I was based in Nyali but wanted to see another beach outside the city. A guide called Tembo who is to be found on the beach outside Voyager Resort in Nyali organised this trip and it was perfect for us down to the last detail. Diani is lovely and the sea is clean - cleaner than the beaches closer to Mombasa. The trip involves a car ferry to get off Mombasa Island. Diani has some great places to eat and some bars too. Nomads, a beach bar and restaurant at the far end of Diani beach is especially nice."

"We spent out last 3 days at Diani beach to relax after traveling around Kenya. Our hotel was lush and the staff there great. The beach itself is so beautiful but we did experience a lot of harassment on the beach from locals trying to sell us stuff. At one point there were 5 guys walking along the beach with me and my boyfriend and eventually we just went back to the hotel and didn't get to see the whole beach as it was too stressful.
On another afternoon we decided to walk 14 min along the main road to go for dinner. It was 6.20pm in the evening and still light and 2 young men pulled over with a 16” knife and separated me from my boyfriend and demanded money but we managed to run to the closest resort which was only 50 metres away and they helped us and reported the incident to the police.
Overall the beach was nice but outside of the resorts (which are lush) remember to take a taxi/tuk tuk and don’t carry any valuables. I think our experience was not common but remember to be careful everywhere"

"Amazing White Sand Beach. One of the most beautiful beach I have seen so far. The water is clear, the long stretch of white sand is perfect for morning walk while witnessing the beautiful sunrise. Clean seashore and it is quite at the time of our visit so it’s relaxing and peaceful. I couldn’t say anything more and would love to comeback, 2 days will never be enough to explore this beautiful beach."

"Don´t expect to see a lot of monkeys behind fences. This place is made for emergency cases and to rescue injured or abandoned monkeys. Friendly guides (especially Maria) tell you about the work in the conservation ( rescue, monkey doctor, re-foresting, etc) and you get a view of the dangerous life of monkeys nowadays. Take a break of sun bathing etc. and go and visit the colobus conservatory. Its really worth!"

"Great place, a good cause and the staff are excellent. Very friendly and care of the animals is paramount. Monkeys are released back in toy the wild once they are ready. You’re given a talk on what the sanctuary does to conserve, the various species and some history of the area. Then taken to meet the various monkeys and discuss their behaviours/issues. Then you’re taken on a walk through the indigenous forest while the guide explains facts and figures about the trees and their benefits. Overall a superb trip and especially good as it’s for such an important cause."

"Colobus Conservation Project- Diani. It was really interesting and informative to learn more about this fantastic and worthy project from one of the project volunteers. The main purpose of which was to rehabilitate sick and injured monkeys including the distinctive Colobus species. It was also encouraging to know that due to the partnerships the project had acquired with other sponsors, numbers of monkeys getting injured were down thanks mainly to education & cooperation from hotels and businesses in installing monkey friendly rubbish bins and especially the installation of tree bridges / ladders made from weatherproof materials. These allow the monkeys to travel safely through the trees and avoiding hazardous roads and power lines. The visit includes observing the quarantined monkeys recuperating at the centre, a walk through some of the forest near to the centre and the opportunity to sponsor one of the injured monkeys on site."

"Kaya Kinondo has been on my list of places to visit in Diani for years now and I finally went with my family and several others. Reviews of the place are mixed and I think it has a lot to do with the guide. Hamza was our guide and he was fantastic, young, enthusiastic, well-informed, and very patient with the kids in our group. When you arrive you will receive a length of black cloth which you have to wear around your waist. There are a few others rules to follow out of respect given that this is a sacred place for the Digo people. The forest is relatively compact but densely filled with vegetation - trees that have been there for centuries. Hamza did a great job balancing the interests of the adults with those of the kids. We learned a lot about the medicinal properties of various trees and plants included the Neem and a tree that the Digos call "kick the brain" as the scent of the crushed leaves helps clear up congestion. We learned about the religious practices of the Digo and how they use the sacred forest. And the kids got to swing on some of the vines which helped keep things interesting for them. Be sure to apply bug spray before you enter the forest - there are lots of mosquito's. Kaya Kinondo is definitely worth an hour of your time when in Diani. While most come to Diani for the beautiful beach, a visit to the kaya will give you a better appreciation for the people that live here."

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