Kenya is full of surprises: just when you thought it was all about safaris and wildlife, you find out that it also has some of East Africa's greatest beaches and Indian Ocean island getaways.
Picture brilliant blue water lapping against fine white sand - an invitation to stretch out and soak up the sun. When the mood takes you, pick up a snorkel or set sail on a dhow; Kenya beaches are lined with protective coral reefs creating ideal waters for swimming, sailing, watersports, and - for the more adventurous - diving and snorkelling.
There is also drama: Kenya's warm tropical waters, especially around Diani, are famous for hosting migrating whale sharks, the gentle giants of the ocean. Whale shark safaris run between October and April and give you the chance to see these magnificent creatures in an unspoilt environment.
The Kenya coast is so easy to experience. From Diani, through Mombasa and Malindi and north to the islands of Lamu Archipelago, there’s a wide range of Kenya beach holiday destinations to choose from: bustling activity-packed resorts will appeal to families and fun-in-the-sun lovers while the more intimate and exclusive island lodges are perfect for honeymooners and romantics.
But don't worry if you can't decide between a wildlife safari and a beach vacation: the beauty of Kenya is that it's simple to arrange a safari and beach holiday combination. Smooth-running logistics and tried-and-tested destinations make for hassle-free and rewarding itineraries - simply browse our range of holidays and safaris or just ask one of our African Safari Experts to tailor-make the perfect package for you.
Quick links to travel advice
- A Go2Africa expert gives her advice on where to go on the Kenya coast for the ultimate safari & beach combination in the Kenya Beach Guide.
- From climbing Kili to experiencing Kenya's Swahili Coast, The Big Escape is all about iconic African experiences.