11 Best Beaches in Kenya

Beaches in Kenya are among the world’s famous for their pristine white sands with sparkling turquoise water, exotic beauty, white sanded shores and fascinating marine wildlife. Kenya beach resorts offer many ocean safaris, water sports, great restaurants, night clubs and shops. There will always be something for you, from Nairobi to Mombassa, every beach in Kenya is a home to  a variety of flora and fauna. The following are a few of the more popular and beautiful beaches in Kenya.

Top 11 Beaches in Kenya For Your Vacation

1. Diani Beach

With thousands of palm trees and a beautiful lagoon, this beach is the ultimate tropical paradise. The offshore coral reef helps the area stay pristine by keeping seaweed off the beach. While this area is highly developed, it still has enough natural beauty and unspoiled beachfront to make it ideal for families. Many of the hotels cater to families with children. There are plenty of upscale hotels and discos for the adult crowd. Diani Beach has several shopping centers in the area and a variety of upscale restaurants. There is also a nearby wildlife reserve that overlooks the Indian Ocean.

2. Watamu Beach

watamu kenyan beach

This beach is more secluded and unspoiled than almost any other beach in Kenya. With white sand and gorgeous turquoise water, this is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This beach is also a breeding ground for several types of marine wildlife, including a variety of turtles. A ride on a glass bottom boat is a great way to enjoy the ocean life and the beautiful coral.


3. Malindi Beach

malindi - beaches in kenya

Malindi Beach is a place for those with a taste for adventure. On the north side of the beach is a section of water known for great surfing. There is also a lot of deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, and water-skiing. Malindi also has plenty of great restaurants and shops. The Driftwood Club and the Old Man and the Sea restaurant are good places to get a bite and unwind after a long day on the water.

4. Kiwayu Beach

kiwayu - beaches in kenya

This beach is known for simple luxury in a quiet and secluded atmosphere. It has been a popular getaway for celebrities. There are resorts with rustic Bandas for the adventurous traveler. There is an abundance of sea life in the area, including whales and dolphins. The cuisine here is a seafood lover’s dream. Much of the food consists of lobster, crab, tuna, cod, and rock oysters.

5. Lamu Beach


Lamu Beach is two miles of clear water, white sand, and blue skies. The beach has a calm, laid back atmosphere. The resort in the area is even car-free. There is a mix of African and Arab culture. This is a rustic area with primarily donkeys roaming the streets. There are very few cars along the isolated beach and nearby town.