Kenya’s coast is a place with a long and exotic history, calm blue waters lined with pristine white sand beaches fringing the warm inviting waters of the Indian Ocean.
This blend of natural beauty and living history creates an exotic paradise unlike anywhere else on earth.
A recent CNN Travel list of the best beach destinations has Kenya’s Watamu and Diani among the top Beach destinations in Africa.
Diani is an idyllic 20-kilometer stretch of palm-fringed beach kept pristine and clear of seaweed by the coral reef just offshore creating an ideal beach with calm, inviting waters.
The offshore reefs are alive with coral, myriad fish, sea turtles and dolphins. Both outer and inner reef walls offer world class diving with spectacular coral gardens and drop offs.
At Kisite-Mpunguti, a Marine Reserve has been established around beautiful Wasini Island, an ideal day trip for divers and snorkellers.
Watamu’s wide-white beaches form part of the Malindi Marine Reserve Park, a tranquil haven with several well established hotels and resorts. Watamu Marine National Reserve is an ideal place for snorkeling and diving with her offshore coral formations said to be the best in East Africa.
Watamu is also an important breeding ground for green and hawksbill turtles.
Tag and release, Billfish Challenge - Watamu
The Billfish tag and release challenge is currently taking place in Watamu at Hemingways. The tournament has attracted anglers from across the globe.
The waters off Watamu are established as a top deep sea fishing destination and host 6 of the Billfish species.
For the anglers theirs is an expedition to create awareness on conservation of marine life. The over 50 anglers bring the Billfish to the Boat, estimate its weight, tag and release it back into the water.
Tagging has generated a lot of scientific interest as movement of a tagged fish can be monitored and the country’s origin identified.
There has been a sustained and combined effort among the players and stakeholders in the industry in ensuring that the beaches are clean, safe, and carefully managed championed by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
Under the programme, frequent patrols have been initiated; daily beach clean-up exercise and reorganization of beach vendors making the beach friendly to tourists.
Whether you are looking for a base to actively explore the Kenyan coast, or just somewhere to unwind and find peace, Kenya’s coast has everything you could wish for.