Perhaps you’re all too familiar with the feeling. The intense and thrilling thrust of excitement that gets your heart racing and your palms sweaty. The adrenaline rush.  If you’re always seeking activities that freak almost everyone out or you constantly have to up the ante of thrills in your travels, then you’re definitely an adrenaline junkie.

For adrenaline junkies, there’s nothing like the feeling of elation after you’ve jumped out of a plane, dropped into a deep canyon or plunged into icy cold water. Today we share a shortlist of the most popular adrenaline-filled activities in the heart of Diani, Ukunda.

 

  1. Skydiving

 

Sky diving in Diani
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Also known as Parachuting, Skydiving is a recreational or competitive sport where divers jump off a plane (or another high place) and use a parachute to slow their descent to the ground. Diani is perhaps one of the best places in Africa, for a sky-diving at sea level. It is actually possible to experience a full one minute accelerated free fall from 14,000 feet. As scary as it may seem, sky-diving is not a “once in a lifetime” thrill.

 For first-timers, however, it’s definitely a little daunting at first. The skydive happens fast – a few minutes in the plane, freefall, parachute ride, and before you know it, you are back on the ground. When you look back up at the clouds, it almost doesn’t seem real. You will have amazing memories, and you’ll want to relive the experience and share with your friends and family. The average rate of skydiving is $350.

Popular Providers include Skydive Diani & Flash McTours and Travel.

 

 

2. Paragliding

 

Paragliding-in-Diani

Paragliding is a thrilling experience where one person glides through the air using a wide canopy, a fabric wing that’s made up of a large number of interconnected cells. In paragliding, the pilot “takes off” from an elevated position, usually the top of a hill or mountain, then uses wind forces to help him maintain flight — sometimes even gaining altitudes!

Throughout the flight, the pilot sits in a harness suspended below the wing. While skydiving only lasts for a few minutes since you’re free-falling (and slowing your descent with a parachute towards the end), a skilled paraglider — relying solely on wind forces and thermal can stay in flight for hours and cover hundreds of kilometers! The average rate of paragliding is $300. The best providers in Diani are  Skydive Diani

 

 

3. Jet Skiing

 

 

Jet Ski in Diani
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Jet skiing is a high-speed water sport that is a must-do for all the adrenaline junkies. Of all the water sports, jet skiing is probably the easiest to pick up. Experience the beautiful view of Diani from the open sea and get to know other fascinating parts of the coast as you jet ski. The average rate of jet skiing is $50 for 20 minutes. Popular providers in Diani include: Jet Ski Kenya, Raydon watersports and Aqualand Diani Beach.

 

 

Kite Surfing

 

 

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Kitesurfing (also known as kiteboarding) is one of the coolest water sports on planet earth. A surface water sport that uses wind power to pull a rider through the water on a small surfboard. The trick here is to combine kite flying skills and board skills to cruise over the water. One of the things that make Diani, Kenya’s top kitesurfing destination is the diverse range of conditions provided by the different locations in and around the area. 

 

There is something to suit all types of kiters, from beginners to advanced riders, for wakestyle and foilers, surfers and freestyle riders. Sandbars with glassy flat water, knee to waist deep lagoons and pumping swell all serve to make Diani Kenya’s leading kitesurfing destination due to its diversity. The average rate of kite surfing is $44 per hour for a full kite gear. The best service providers for this sport in Diani include: Diani Watersport, Quest Kiteboarding and H20 Extreme

 

 

5. Windsurfing

 

Windsurfing in Diani
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Starting at the widest and whitest pair of the South Coast’s stunning beaches: Galu Beach is relatively undeveloped, extending 25 km from the mangroves to a more privatized northern stretch which is a hot spot for all water sports addicts in Diani as this stretch of beach always has enough water to be active, even at low spring tide. For windsurfers, the coast of Kenya is a paradise, because the constant coastal winds create the perfect conditions to enjoy the hobby. Water sports athletes come from all around the world to take action at the stunning beach. Popular providers  include; Diani Watersport, Quest Kiteboarding, H20 Extreme, Diani Watersports, Kenya Kite Masters, The Sands Kenya