Finish off your safari experience with a few days relaxing on pristine white beaches.
The Kenyan coast is dotted with some charming laidback properties as well as more luxury resorts. Enjoy some time relaxing, swimming, kite surfing or diving and snorkelling in the beautiful clear waters.
The coastline around the busy port of Mombasa offers some rustic but charming beaches. There are some delightful spots to relax on palm-lined beaches as you watch the fishing boats and dhows pass by. Two beaches in particular here are worth a mention; Diani for its kitesurfing and coral reefs and Tiwi which has a more laidback vibe.
Just under two hours from here is the charming town of Malindi. Combining Swahili and Portuguese colonial architecture with stunning beaches, it is a pretty little spot to spend a few days relaxing. Nearby is the small fishing village of Watamu located in a marine national park, known for some of the best snorkelling and diving in East Africa. There are over 600 species of fish and 100 species of coral found here. Examples include barracuda, whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins.
Without doubt the top beach destination in Kenya is the Lamu Archipelago. Situated off the coast in the waters of the Indian Ocean, it is made up of a series of idyllic islands including the four main ones Lamu, Pate, Kiwayu and Manda. Enjoy seemingly unending stretches of pristine sand, snorkelling amongst coral reefs and various water sports from deep sea fishing to sailing.
The island of Lamu offers a glimpse into the past having once been an important trading post. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its architecture a charmingly diverse mix of Swahili, Persian, Arabic, European and Indian styles.
Whether you want pure relaxation, a bit of activity or even some history and culture, the Lamu archipelago is a stunning, and authentic part of Kenya all whilst keeping you off the beaten track in this beautiful destination.