Diani Beach is located 30 km south of Mombasa, Kenya's second city and east Africa's largest port. The drive takes about an hour which, due to Mombasa being an island, involves a short trip across the Likoni creek on a ferry. A taxi ride from the airport takes about 1 hr 30 min and costs approximately 4,000 K.Shs.
The beach is possibly Kenya's finest, extending about 13km from the Mwachema river in the north, where it meets Tiwi beach, to Galu beach in the south.The shoreline has become fairly developed with hotels, bar/restaurants and private residencies but remains scenic with a profusion of coconut palms.
Local activities include deep sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, wind and kite surfing, jet skiing, golf plus an assortment of trips on dhows or glass bottom boats to take in the local marine attractions.
Additionally, only 30 kilometres away is the Shimba Hills national reserve with its healthy population of elephant and the last remaining sanctuary of the Sable antelope.
Diani is well served by boutiques, travel agents, banks, hospitals, bars, discotheques, supermarkets and shops of all description. In addition to local cuisine there is Indian, Chinese, Italian, French and International.
Bushbabies are unique to Africa and are common nocturnal visitors to gardens.
There are five indigenous species of primates (excluding humans) living in Diani, namely vervets, sykes, baboons, colobus and bushbabies. The colobus are endangered with only 273 individuals being counted in the last census but are being helped by a non profit conservation organisation called the colobus trust (www.colobustrust.org)