Best Things to do at the South Coast of Kenya | Diani Beach

Travelling took a back seat for many for the most part of 2020 as a result of the Pandemic. Most places in the world banned travel and had strict curfews and lockdowns in order to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus. This affected the Tourism, Hospitality and Aviation industries massively and had a ripple effect on other sectors which affected the entire global economy. 

Thankfully, a few months later, for most parts of the world, the travel ban was eased – at least for local travel anyway. This enabled an increase in local tourism which was not as common before, mainly because of high rates due to high demand especially during the holiday season. 

According to Global Times, Kenya’s tourist arrivals dropped by 72% by October 2020 compared to the previous year; but the numbers began to pick between August and December as a result of some borders opening up. It was also reported that hotels at the Kenyan Coast were 75% booked for the period between December 2020 to January 2021 – a good number of guests being local tourists. 

Travel rates have reduced immensely and it would be a good time to take advantage of this if visiting a new destination is on your bucket list. The best part is that you will get good deals across the board – from your tickets (whether train, flights or bus) to the hotel or villa you choose to stay in. You could also choose to be booked by a travel agent such as Bountiful Safaris who will take care of all the bookings and you would just need to show up!

A quick tip about travelling is, always look out to travel during off-peak season when the places aren’t congested; or if you plan to travel during high peak season, book several months in advance to save some money. Also remember to change your currency earlier, to get the best rates.

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If you are a beach lover, I'm sure you know the East African Coast is one of the most beautiful and diverse. I mean, such lovely beaches and perfect warm weather! On an older post we shared some beautiful destinations you would definitely want to visit while at the Kenyan Coast – mainly North Coast. Today we’d like to share on some of the best things to do at the South Coast of Kenya. These activities are all available at the the Neptune Beach Resort where I recently stayed, as well as its outskirts. Keep reading and let’s have some fun together! 

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Getting to the South Coast of Kenya is an adventure from the beginning since you start by crossing the ferry in order to get to that side (unless you are flying directly there). The South is arguably fancier than the North because it’s known for countless high-end hotels and it is preferred by many tourists because of the unmatched serenity. This side is also known for fun activities which will take your experience a notch higher. The following are are some of the best things to do at the South Coast of Kenya.

Snorkeling 

Snorkeling is the practise of swimming through a water body – equipped with a breathing tube, diving mask and swimfins. It’s a fun activity that can be enjoyed by both adults and children in the deep blues. Usually there aren’t sharks or harmful creatures of the sea in the areas picked out for snorkeling so you are safe. For some popular snorkeling joints at the South Coast of Kenya see here.

Kite surfing 

This is one of those sports that take your adrenaline to the next level. It has actually been on my bucket list for a while. It’s basically surfing on a water body using a kite which helps steer you on as the wind blows. You should however note that you require at least two days of training before you start surfing, if you are a beginner. 

Sky diving 

This is certainly not for the faint hearted. The divers jump off from a plane, making it another high-adrenaline sport. You also need to book your spot in advance if you plan to go sky diving at the South Coast of Kenya. See more details here. This experience will stay with you for life!

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Dolphin watching 

What is more beautiful than the relationship between dolphins and humans. I love dolphins for their cheer and sportiness. You could get a good package for this here where you get to watch the dolphins, do some snorkeling and have the best platter of assorted seafood. This is great for a family treat. 

What to carry as you travel to the Coast:

  • Wet-wipes and pocket tissues
  • Lots of water
  • Sandals and light clothing
  • Sun-glasses and a hat
  • Sunscreen
  • A camera

Remember that wherever you decide to go during this season and whichever activities you indulge in, take precaution by maintaining a safe distance, wearing a mask as frequently as possible and making it a habit to sanitize. Also always remember to keep an eye on children to avoid any form of accidents. We thank God we made it this far despite the Pandemic and continue to pray for those who lost their loved ones.

Any other fun activities you would like to recommend for our readers? Share on the comments.

Photography: @sharonsnotebook + Unsplash
Author: Sharon

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