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The Kenyan Coast is a fantastic place for a relaxing getaway and is the perfect add on to an unforgettable safari holiday, allowing you to begin or end your Kenya trip in style.

Kenyan Coast


The destination

With its glistening turquoise waters and soft white sand beaches, the Kenyan Coast offers a fantastic place to unwind, either at the end of an action-packed safari, or as a beach getaway in its own right. Positioned at the heart of the Indian Ocean, with fantastic marine life and plenty of opportunities for diving and snorkelling, the Kenyan Coast can be as adventurous or as relaxing as you’d like it to be. Head underwater to explore Watamu’s Marine National Park, with incredible coral reefs just 300 metres from the beach, and spot some fantastic sea life whilst you snorkel.

Often referred to as the ‘best beach in Kenya’, Diani Beach is fringed by lush forests, flanked by huge palm trees and blessed with long stretches of white sand. Home to some of Kenya’s most popular accommodation, this resort town attracts families, small groups and couples looking for beach fun and water sports. However, if the wildlife and national parks are enticing you back to a safari style holiday, head to the Tsavo East or Shimba Hills National Parks for the chance to spot excellent wildlife.

Where to stay

The Kenyan Coast is the perfect location for a relaxing stay before or after a safari, and there a range of hotels and resorts to suit families, small groups and couples. A selection of our favourite hotels are listed below, however, this is just a sample, so please don't hesitate to give us a call on  01993 227376, or email inspire@oxfordprivatetravel.com if you would like to find out more and we will be delighted to craft your own tailor-made trip. 

Who should visit?

The Kenyan Coast is a great choice for couples, and a twin centre with Zanzibar works perfectly as a honeymoon destination. It’s also great for families or small groups looking to relax and unwind after a busy week on safari.

When to visit?

December – March or July – October are the best times to visit the Kenyan Coast, with warm temperatures and warm seas offering perfect beach weather. The winds are strong from November – March and the heaviest rains are present during May and June, making the weather a little less beach friendly.

Passports and visas 

A passport with at least six months validity is necessary as well as at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration. A visa is required for all visits to Kenya, and you can either apply upon arrival at the airport, or online before you travel to minimise queuing time at the airport.


Top tips

  • Head underwater and take part in fantastic diving and snorkelling in the Indian Ocean, with Watamu’s Marine National Park being the perfect place to spot some amazing sea life
  • Enjoy relaxing beach days on some of the coast’s best stretches of sand and turquoise sea, with Watamu and Diani Beach both excellent places to base yourself from
  • Don’t miss out on the safari experience just because you’re on the coast; head to the Tsavo East or Shimba Hills National Parks for excellent wildlife viewing
  • Although game viewing is rare on the coast, the tropical forests which can be found just inland are home to large numbers of small mammals, birds, plants and insects


Local currency: Kenyan Shilling

Accepted credit cards: Visa and Mastercard (most places)     

Time zone: GMT +3 hours

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