Famous for its gorgeous palm trees and its powder white sand lapped by glistening azure waters, Diani Beach is a popular resort area resting on Kenya’s magnificent Indian Ocean shoreline. The area’s wonderfully warm waters and exquisite coral reefs provide an ideal environment for diverse crowd: party people, families, honeymooners, backpackers and water-sports enthusiasts. But if that sounds like your typical resort town, think again. Diani has some of the best accommodation in Kenya, from the funky kite-surfing lodges to the intimate honeymoon spots. Most places are spread along the beach road, hidden behind a line of forest.
When lazing in a hammock gets tiring, visit the coral mosques with their archways that overlook the open ocean, venture into the sacred forests where guides hug trees that speak in their ancestors’ voices, or take in the monkey sanctuary – all are good ways to experience more of the coast than the considerable charms of sun and sand.
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