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Beaches of Kenya
Looking for the truly exotic beach vacation then Kenya's your place. The Kenyan coastline fronted by the gorgeous Indian Ocean stretches for 200 miles from Somalia in the north to Tanzania in the south.
It's a coast of fine sandy-white beaches, even-tempered weather, picturesque coconut palms, mangrove swamps and coral reefs strewn with thousands of coral fish species making it one of the unrivaled tourist attractions of the world.
A string of islands Wasini, Funzi, Chale, Mombasa itself, Lamu, Manda, Pate, Kiwaiyu run up the coast, all of them worth visiting. Arab architechture has a major influence on the coast and you wíll especially feel it in the north around Lamu, an idyllic island setting which should be visited.
The Kenyan coast is broken into the Southern and Northern Coast.
Kiwayu Island is the place to go. Six miles of soft white sand minutes from Africa's big game animals. Kiwayu Island's endless stretch of beach borders the Kiunga Marine National Reserve, whose coral reers are considered to be some of the best in the world.
Southern Coast Diani Beach - If you have ever imagined a "perfect" tropical beach, Diani is the place. Beautiful soft white sand, clear waters, a reef only twenty minutes of easy swimming offshore, and palm trees lining the beach. Diani is definitely one of Kenya's top beaches.
Most of the hotels offer the usual boat rides and windsurfing for a price. Snorkeling equipment is also available for rent and scuba diving is becoming more popular. If you just want to relax, however, take a walk down the beach, enjoy the sun and try not to think about leaving.
The Jadini forest adjoining the beach is a favourite haunt for leopard, colobus monkeys, baboons and a great variety of forest birds. The beach is a long, vast uninterrupted stretch of white sand lapped by an opal ocean.
Caution: Learn and respect Muslum cultural dress codes before visiting the beach.