Kenya Beaches

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Why Go

Most famous for its wildlife destinations, Kenya is also home to a long stretch of dazzling Indian Ocean coastline sprinkled with tropical islands. Combining them is simple: what better reward for the safari traveller than to enjoy a relaxing Kenya beach holiday after all those long days on the Masai Mara?

Kenya beaches include some of the finest in Africa: postcard-perfect landscapes of snow-white beaches and rustling palm trees with coral reefs lying offshore, making for excellent diving and snorkelling, especially when migrating whale sharks pass through the region. They are also some of the easiest and most affordable Indian Ocean destinations to access, giving travellers great value alternatives to Zanzibar and the Seychelles.

It’s a destination that appeals to all types of traveller and the accommodation reflects this, a range of hotels and resorts to suit all types, whether privacy-seeking honeymooners, families with children or adventure-seeking couples and groups of friends. You’ll always fly in, usually from your safari destination to Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa and travel then by road to your hotel. Kenya beach accommodations are generally well-equipped with swimming pools, dive centres, spas and sport facilities, and usually offer a wide range of local tours from sunset boat cruises to wildlife watching or even a round of golf.

Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast is mostly hot and humid throughout the year with annual daytime temperatures averaging between 27 and 31°C (80 and 88°F). The best time to go on a Kenya beach holiday is from early October to January as these months offer the best conditions for diving and snorkelling. The best whale shark sightings are between January and March. Rain is possible at any time of year but it is wettest and hottest from mid-March to late May and we’d recommend avoiding Kenya’s coast at this time.

Browse our selection of tours where we have combined a classic big game safari with a Kenya beach holiday or simply contact us with an idea of your requirements and budget and we’ll take tailor-make you an itinerary.

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WHAT TO DO

ACTIVITIES TO LOOK FORWARD TO

1. LIFE’S A BEACH

It’s been a tough year: relax & recharge on powder-soft beaches & let someone else take care of things – the big decision to make today is what to order for lunch.

2. SPORT & SCUBA

Ask us about beach resorts that specialise in the active side of things from windsurfing & scuba diving to air-conditioned gyms & yoga classes.

3. BE SPOILED

Treat yourself to a soothing massage or invigorating wellness treatment; most Kenya beach lodges have an in-house spa – ask us about the best ones.

4. A TABLE FOR TWO

What better place to celebrate a special occasion than one where you have a secluded suite with private pool & private, candle-lit suppers by the ocean?

5. BRING THE KIDS

A warm, safe ocean to swim in; ball sports & water activities; easy menus & Wi-Fi: Kenya’s beaches are made for the whole family to have fun in the sun.

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ACCOMMODATION

OUR RECOMMENDED KENYA BEACH RESORTS

Kinondo Kwetu
Kinondo Kwetu
In Short: Refreshing quiet getaway
Location: Galu Beach, Kenya
Surrounded by lush forest, this owner-managed hideaway is the only hotel on private Galu Beach & is as comfortable hosting families as it is with honeymooners & discerning travellers looking for a quiet getaway. Yoga classes are among the many activities offered & as there is no dedicated dining area, meals may be served on the beach or a moon-lit terrace.
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Afrochic Diani
Afrochic Diani
In Short: Top romantic location on idyllic beach
Location: Diani Beach, Kenya
Our top choice for romantic travel, this idyllic beach retreat personalises your experience on the Kenya coast: choose between horse-back rides on the beach, private adventures to coral reefs & 18 holes on the local golf course. Suites are air-conditioned & come with a mini bar & Wi-Fi.
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Pinewood Beach Resort
Pinewood Beach Resort
In Short: All-round, good value accommodation
Location: Diani Beach, Kenya
A larger resort, Pinewood is our first choice for an all-round, good value accommodation. There is a long list of amenities from a gym & spa to several restaurants & a large pool with its own bar - & you walk out onto a stunning stretch of Diani Beach. Children of all ages are welcome – baby-sitting is available.
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Our 28-day itinerary took us to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. A magnificent and unforgettable adventure. Everything ran smoothly and efficiently from the flights, transfers, rides, connections, etc. Absolutely wonderful! Can’t thank them enough!

Ann and Mario (Canada)
It was a safari of a lifetime and exceeded all of our expectations!

Our mom grew up in Central and South Africa so we had visited the continent many times. My sister and I wanted to take our teens and husbands to Africa to experience the magic. We had a limited budget but big and specific expectations and by some miracle Walter was able to manage both.

Heather (USA)
Walter has always been an excellent communicator and has supported us fully

We have been to Africa for 24 of the last 27 years so know a bit about what is involved. Walter has arranged the details for the last couple of years, and has done a superb job. He is always quick to respond and comes up with answers immediately……..no evasive tactics, always head-on!

Roger (UK)
Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional. Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.

Neena
An incredibly well organised tour with no hassles whatsoever.

Safari Online understood our needs and was able to present us with sensible options to choose from. It was evident that this tour operator has knowledgable and experienced agents who can arrange a seemless tour. We were provided with a professional online itinary which was comprehensive and easy to use, knew exactely what to expect, and encountered no stumble blocks along the way.

Gwen (AU)
Very helpful good suggestions for holiday ideas always available for questions good organising

Excellent service and they supplied good suggestions for our holiday they also organised all internal flights and arranged check in for us so we had no worries while on holiday. We have had a most memorable holiday staying at wonderful places thanks to Sabrina and Safari Online. Would recommend Safari Online to organise your holiday.

Lorraine (UK)
Safari Online made our fantastic family holiday dream come true!!

Safari Online have been nothing but professional and incredible from the time we made our first enquiry to the last day of our stunning holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for Walter. We are now starting to plan our next family Safari for 2019. Guess who we will be booking with??? Safari Online we hope you are ready!!!!!

Penni (AU)
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From the very first contact we’re very happy about the respond time and quality of information from safari-online.com. Based on the received first tailor-made quote, which is a weblink with all the details about the flights, photos of the lodges etc. we knew that this is “our” partner for this trip. Our expectations were excelled!!!

Lukas (Germany)
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Would highly recommend. Safari online asked questions when booking and were efficient and knew exactly what we were looking for in terms of accommodation and animals were wanted to see. Gave advice on a few little extras with no pressure, which we did and am very grateful which make trip even more exciting. Would definitely recommend booking with them.

Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver.  We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

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