Picture yourself being able to get out of bed and hear the soothing sound of the waves slapping the soft, white sand beaches. The soft morning sun touches your skin as you step out onto your private balcony and enjoy the scenic views of the Indian Ocean’s turquoise waters. These are the memorable Kenyan coast moments that you will enjoy if you book through Shian Safaris for your beach holiday.

As a premier tour operator in Kenya, we wear the badge with pride for we create amazing memories that integrate the country’s rich cultural heritage with a chance for you to relish in the bliss of the beautiful sunny shores. Ranging from the busy Swahili towns to the secluded island paradises, we will lead you on a journey to experience the very best Kenya’s coastline has to offer.


The Tale of Two Coasts: Diani vs. Watamu


When it comes to Kenyan coastal escapes, two destinations stand out as jewels in the crown: the south’s Diani Beach and the northern gem of Watamu. Each offers a unique flavor, but both promise to leave you spellbound.


Diani Beach: A Tropical Paradise

Ah, Diani Beach – a 25km stretch of pure, unadulterated paradise. Picture yourself walking on the incredibly smooth, white sand with the warm Indian Ocean breeze touching your skin. The soothing and rhythmic sounds of the waves gently lapping at the shore will bring you into a state of deep calmness and quietness.

However, Diani is not only about lying on the beach (even though it can also be a legitimate option). This tropical haven will keep you occupied with an array of activities. Give kitesurfing a try, go for a traditional dhow cruise, or discover the colorful aquatic world through snorkeling or scuba diving tours.

Additionally, once you have had enough of the sun, you can also retire to one of the luxurious beachfront resorts such as the Elewana AfroChic Diani. This is an ideal retreat that seamlessly integrates the modern comforts with the laid-back ambiance of the Kenyan coast, and therefore, you will have the full experience of relaxation.

Watamu: Nature’s Blissful Sanctuary

If your idea of a perfect beach getaway involves peace, quiet, and leaving the mainstream behind then Watamu is your place. This quiet little town impresses with its idyllic tranquility, encouraging you to take things less seriously and get back to the true nature of things.

Watamu is famous for its amazing beach, which has lovely white sands, clear blue waters, and a colorful coral reef that is home to a variety of marine animals. It’s a snorkeler’s and diver’s dream come true, with the possibility of finding everything from vibrant tropical fish to the majestic sea turtles.

However, Watamu’s appeal is not only restricted to its beaches. If you dare to venture inland, you’ll come across the captivating ruins of Gede, an antique Swahili city situated in the heart of a lush green forest. This was established in the 13th century. It is an opportunity to discover Kenya’s rich history, and it will amaze you.


Lamu Island: A Timeless Swahili Gem


In case you’re looking for a coastal getaway that transverses the times and takes you to the past, then a visit to Lamu Island should be a top priority. As a part of the Lamu Archipelago, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a cultural and architectural living museum of Swahili culture and architecture.

Wander about the narrow and winding lanes of Lamu Town where donkeys are more than the number of cars and be amazed by the beautifully carved wooden doors and limestone buildings that appear to be in a suspended time. Dive into the relaxed environment of the island, where the rhythm of the ocean sets the pace of the day.

Lastly, a trip to Lamu is incomplete without the mention of its pristine beaches. Shela Beach is a perfect example of serenity with its soft white sands and very gentle waves. Or, if you want a more tranquil feeling, go to the Manda Bay area which offers the ultimate sense of escape and tranquility.


Malindi: Where Ocean Adventures Await


In case you are looking for a coastal adventure plus a bit of adventure, then Malindi is the place to be. This lively town, which is along the coast of Kenya’s north, is a sanctuary for water sports lovers and adrenaline junkies alike.

Just imagine the thrill of going on a deep-sea fishing expedition with your line, and you catch a prized trophy as the sun beats down on your back like the heat of the desert. On the other hand, you may choose to discover the fascinating underwater world of the Malindi Marine National Park, where you can dive or snorkel in colorful coral reefs amidst a variety of marine life.

However, Malindi is not only about ocean adventures. The town is also rich in history and it would be worthwhile to see the ancient ruins of Gede and the extraordinary Marafa Hell’s Kitchen, a natural wonder of a system of sandstone gorges and cliffs.

Combine Beach Bliss with Wildlife Wonders as well as the Ecological Diversity.

What makes the joy of a beach holiday in Kenya special is the fact that you can easily mix the experience with fascinating wildlife encounters. There is no better way to start your day than by taking a walk along the beach, followed by an afternoon safari in a game reserve like Shimba Hills National Park where you can watch elephants, lions, and much more in their natural elements.

And to tick the ultimate item off your bucket list, Shian Safaris can arrange for you to swim with or snorkel alongside the giant whale sharks – these gentle giants of the oceans. These amazing giants of the sea, the biggest fish in the sea, will leave you in awe as you watch them glide through the warm waters of Kenya.


An Escape for Every Age and Interest


Whether you’re looking for a romantic couples’ hideaway, a family-friendly adventure, or a solo retreat to regain your inner peace, Kenya’s coastal region has something for everyone.
Families will love the range of child-friendly beach activities that are available, from building sandcastles to playing in the warm, shallow water. The thrill seekers can enjoy a variety of watersports including kitesurfing and scuba diving. And for those who need to relax purely, there is nothing better than just lying on a beach in the sun, enjoying a cocktail, and letting the worries of everyday life evaporate from their mind.
So, then, what are you waiting for? Contact our team at Shian Safaris today and we will craft a magical coastal getaway, uniquely made for you. Immerse yourself into this East African wonderland and experience the magic that will last forever.