Diani Beach is indisputably the most beautiful beach in Kenya – white sand soft like powder, coconut palms, turquoise water and unlimited option of enjoyment. This is the place which should satisfy even the most improper dreamers seeking for the archetype of tropical beach.
Hotel Sonrisa is located close to the Water Sports Centre offering kite and windsurfing as well as scuba diving, including PADI courses, and deep sea fishing trips.
Sky fans can experience a tandem parachute jump (www.skydivediani.com) or a half-an-hour microlight flight with an instructor assistance.
A one-day trip to the Marine National Park Kisite is certainly not to be missed. Neither is Wasini Island with its mangrove park, where you can enjoy your lunch made of seafood and local specialties.
We also recommend a one-day excursion to Funzi Island combined with a boat trip to Ramisi river, which is a home to many bird species and crocodiles. During the day you will also visit the Funzi village and eat lunch at Funzi Mangrove Resort - a real Swahili-styled house.
Hikers will appreciate Shimba Hills National Reserve, which is located 500 m above sea level and an about 45-minute drive from Diani. The park covers 320 square km of beautiful valleys, hills and tropical rain forest. Although the fauna is less plentiful here than in other parks, magnificent views fully compensate for it. Still you can encounter elephants, antelopes, buffalos, giraffes and ostriches. As part of your safari you can also take a 3-hour walking tour to Sheldrick waterfalls, finished with a bath in cooling waters of adjacent lakes.
A less demanding alternative would be to take a stroll to a sacred grove Kinondo Kaya Forest, which is within easy reach directly from the hotel. The forest is inhabited by the African Mijikenda people who reside along the Indian Ocean coastline. You can take an hour long guided tour around the forest and learn about the indigenous culture, habits and therapeutical features of the local flora.
Diani itself is worth visiting for its northern end and the mouth of Mwachema river surrounded by massive centuries-old baobab trees and a small Kongo Mosque hidden in their shadow. The mosque with its barrel vault and five pairs of heavy wooden doors looks mysterious as if a massive tomb. It is also called a Persian Mosque and dates back to 14th or 15th century.
Very interesting experience itself may be visiting Mombasa city. The best place to start this trip is at Fort Jesus and then walk through narrow and winding but appealing paths to visit the old town with its many shops offering quaint souvenirs and gifts and very old houses remembering colonial times with their porticos decorated intricately according to Arab style, till the local famous market. The other point of interest which cannot be omitted during the visit in Mombasa is elephants tusks raised on Moi Avenue. Visiting Mombasa by night should be accompanied with the excellent dinner served during romantic cruise by the Thamarind dhaw.