Located on the south coast of Kenya, Diani boosts of a magnificent 25km beach stretch whose life blossoms into something the body feels as much as the soul, her waters stretch out freely, flaunting white sands and smooth oceans waves welcoming the blue sky and sun rays to a celebration of freedom, love and great memories.
Her weather calm as it is warm brings with it the conduciveness required for the beach life – Laughter, bare foot dances, wind tousled hair, water sports, name it, Diani offers her pleasures seamlessly for all your desires.
Diani’s economy is anchored on the hospitality industry – being a leading tourist destination, Diani has a wide array of accommodation facilities to cater for all travel budgets from the economy tourist to the top of the top, the likes of Angelina Jolie, Jose Mourihno and other celebrities who occasionally tour Diani beach.
Diani and perhaps the whole of Coastal Kenya is the believed to be the origin East African Civilization. Little is known about Diani’s specific history but shreds of evidence suggest that her history can be traced back in the 8th Century AD.
In the 9th century, the Indian and Arab traders started to mingle with the indigenous population to create the unique Swahili culture, much of which still survives until this day. During this period, the whole Coastal region of Kenya enjoyed a golden age of trade. During the 15th Century, the Portuguese arrived at the Kenyan Coast and effectively domanited the region for 2 centuries after which the Oman Arabs took over.
At the turn of the 19th century, the British established a foothold and declared the coast a British Protectorate. Jadini Beach Hotel was the first tourist hotel to be built on Diani beach in 1937. It was formerly a cottage. Trade Winds and Two Fishes followed later as tourism took off in Diani.
Today, Diani is regarded as one of the leading tourism beach destinations in the World.
The indigenous people of Diani are the Digo Community who are the the second-largest tribe of the 9 Mijikenda tribes. With an estimated population of 400,000, the Digo are concentrated on the southern coastal strip of Kenya specifically Diani and the border of Tanzania. The Digo people speak chidigo, which is a Bantu language closely related to both Swahili and the other Mijikenda languages. Over 90% of Digo people are Islams.
Diani boosts of a vibrant culture drawn from the different communities and nations who live here – Despite the cultural mix that Diani boosts of, the indigenous locals culture remains alive, known for their warmness and accommodative nature the locals hold visitors in high regard as visitors are believed to be a source of blessings.
As vibrant as the culture, so is the night life, as the sun fades away, Diani transcends to become the life of the party. Endowed with various night clubs and great music, her people rise to the occasion with unreserved energy making the most of each moment, this is how memories are made here.
If you do opt to fly to Diani, then you have two options either flying from Nairobi’s Wilson airport or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or from Moi International Airport in Mombasa. The major airlines serving Diani are (Jambo jet, Safarilink, Silverstone and MAS . It is also key to note that there are private charter planes that fly people in and out of Diani to nearly any location in Kenya, the most common being Maasai Mara, MIA & Vipingo.
Diani has plenty of TukTuks, Motorbikes and taxis. Besides that, you can also self-drive or ride by hiring bikes and cars rentals from the shopping Center.
There are at least a hundred taxis around Diani Beach that are easily accessible. Using a taxi around Diani is much the same as in other places. The taxis here are not heavily regulated, in fact very few are differentiable from the cars on the road. The easiest places to find taxis are Barclays Shopping centre, Bazaar, Petro, Diani Shopping Centre, Ushago and the area around Nomad Hotel.
You will find the Taxis waiting and you can choose whichever pleases you most. Taxi drivers along Diani Beach are very loyal and when you find a good one, take his card and call him anytime in the course of your stay. That way, you will get better rates for the repeat business.Take a taxi at all times you travel after dark.
You will find that the drivers speak English but in a case where you are not able to communicate properly, write your destination on a piece of paper and the driver will take you there.
Tipping is not mandatory and the drivers know that so they will be extra helpful and courteous in the hope that you will leave “something small”. Taxis along Diani Beach are very clean and most in excellent condition. The drivers are very friendly, helpful, honest, and knowledgeable about the area.
Attrations in Diani Beach
A guide to the most popular places to stay in diani beach.
A guide to our favorite places to eat in diani beach.
Shakatak disco is widely known as the the best discoteque in Diani Beach and serves both local and imported German beer.
Tandoori Bar – Located along Diana, Diani Beach Road, Tandoori is an open air bar, popular for their great night live music.
Diani Shopping Center – Located at the heart of Diani beach, the center is a one stop shopping destination that takes care of all your shopping and banking needs.
Baharini Shopping Center – Baharini is a mordern shopping space with restaurants, tapas bar, grocery store, suvenier shops, cloths shops, pharmacy, and many more.
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