Kenyaways Diani Beach is so close to the beach and is so relaxing it is hard not to leave the seaside and actually do something other than read, swim and wander down the beach. We call it ’coast-itis’; a pure feeling of relaxation where you slow down to the pace of beach life. However Kenyaways Kite village and Hotel has a superb location has many different activities on and off the beach to explore.
Kenyaways Kite village is not just for kitesurfing enthusiasts. Diani beach has a climate which makes it possible to enjoy the outdoors without the weather stopping you.
Sporting activities such as Kite surfing and windsurfing are available at Kenyaways. The beach break in front of the hotel is perfect for learning to surf in Kenya or the reef break makes a decent surf break for the more experienced surfers.The latest activity that is perfect for small waves and flat water is Stand Up Paddle Surfing also available at Kenyaways on request. There is a scuba diving facility next to the Kenyaways Kite village premises which take you out on the magical Indian Ocean Reef or snorkeling is also possible from right in front of the B&B rooms and you can take a local swahili ‘ngalawa’ sailing boat out to the reef for a small charge to the fisherman boat owners.
Nature trips are also plenty in Diani Beach, being home to the only coral rag forest left in the world. Visit the Colobus Trust museum walking distance from Kenyaways Bed and breakfast and get informed about the local flora and fauna. You can also see how they rehabilitate the monkey species in the area and fight development. From Kenyaways it is safe and easy to take Long walks along the miles of South Kenya coastline and white sandy beaches and get an Icecream sundae at Nomads or Sails. Only half an hour away by road, a day trip to the near by Shimba Hills National Game Park is an exciting day out where you can see elephant in the wild, the unique sable antelope, and trek down to the Sheldricks waterfalls. Kenyaways staff are also happy to arrange a day trip to Kisite Marine park and Wasini island and swim with dolphins, goggling amongst the coral heads, and have a fulfilling seafood lunch for great value.
Some cultural insights in the area are interesting to do. Diani Beach is an unusual part of Kenya as it is probably the most cosmopolitan part of Kenya, mixing the European influence over the years with the local tribes and businesses all provided for by tourism. Local digo villages exist all around the place, which are so simple and basic yet harmonised with the community. They survive on mangoes, coconuts and all the coconut palms materials for building their huts. Also unique to Diani is the remains of ‘kaya’ the ancient sacred digo centres of civilisation which are located in the heart of the forest where the trees, shrubs, insects and animals are all used in diet and medecine, you can visit one of them, called Kaya Kinondo where the elders explain how their sacred forests were a vital part of their lives and how they went out of existence.
All these activities can be arranged once you have arrived and settled in giving yourself flexibility. We have a top 10 list of things to do in Diani in the reception where you can get an idea of what is on offer.
It is perfect for enjoying watersports as the water is warm all year round and you never have to wear a wetsuit.