Kenya has an idyllic coastline, with miles of soft white sand fringed by palm trees and giving way to aquamarine seas. Small fishing villages bask in the sun, nets hanging to dry on bleached sticks by huts tucked under cashew nut trees.
There are beaches backed by tall dunes where green turtles clamber up to nest, and the many offshore marine parks protect long coral reefs. A short distance from the coast there are a number of beautiful archipelagos, Lamu with its dhows and donkeys, Funzi with mangrove channels and sandbanks and Kiwayu with its miles of deserted sand.
With temperatures averaging 82°F and an average eight hours of sunshine a day, it is easy to see why Kenya’s beaches have become so popular.
Accommodation of the Lamu archipelago
The Tana Delta has a remote river camp and there are some stylishly converted Swahili houses overlooking the creek at Watamu. The islands of the Lamu archipelago offer a variety of accommodation from converted Arabic houses in Lamu Town and Shela Village, to simple beach lodges made of reed and palms on Kipungani Beach and Manda Island.
The Funzi Keys offers the ultimate in barefoot luxury with large chalets tucked into mangrove forests. With such a variety of hotels, whether you want a luxury hotel with every facility or a palm frond banda on a private island, Kenya will have something to suit you perfectly.
Finally, certain parts of Kenya’s coast are busy and best avoided — with Mombasa in particular having large hotels crammed together, countless curio stalls, kiosks and beach boys. However, we have traveled the length of the coast to find quiet spots and small boutique hotels.
Places to visit in Kenya's Coastline
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Kenya's Coastline, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring Kenya's Coastline
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Map of Kenya's Coastline
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Places in and around Kenya's Coastline
- Diani Beach Kenya's Coastline
- Funzi Island Kenya's Coastline
- Lamu Archipelago Kenya's Coastline
- The Tana Delta Kenya's Coastline
- Watamu Kenya's Coastline
- Mombasa 54 kilometers away
- Tsavo East National Park 148 kilometers away
- The Parks & Reserves of Southern Kenya 155 kilometers away
- Tsavo West National Park 210 kilometers away
- The Chyulu Hills 252 kilometers away
- Amboseli National Park 320 kilometers away
- Nairobi 425 kilometers away
- Shompole Magadi 444 kilometers away
- The Parks & Reserves of Northern Kenya 453 kilometers away
- Meru National Park 456 kilometers away
Photos of Kenya's Coastline
Accommodation choices for Kenya's Coastline
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kenya's Coastline. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.