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Diani Beach vs. Watamu Beach

Chicago, Illinois
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Diani Beach vs. Watamu Beach

Hi all,

I need some help deciding which beach to go to for two days in late August. I've read that Diani has soft white sand with clear water which is good for snorkeling. It also seems to have a lot of resorts which we aren't interested in. Watamu seems to be good for snorkeling as well, but some reviews says there is a lot of rubbish and seaweed on the beach.

Ultimately, we want to stay at the nicest beach that has the best snorkeling so we can hopefully see some marine life. We are also looking for modest accommodations.

What would you recommend?

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Wales, United...
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1. Re: Diani Beach vs. Watamu Beach

I will pick Diani as it has always taken my heart.

Nairobi, Kenya
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2. Re: Diani Beach vs. Watamu Beach

My vote for Watamu.

Sleepy fishing village + places to explore like MIDA Creek, Watamu Village, Italian Cafes & Souvenir shops.

Wide choice of Mid Range of accommodation options.


Good Luck

Edited: 23 May 2018, 18:24
Nairobi, Kenya
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3. Re: Diani Beach vs. Watamu Beach

Watumu in August does have quite a bit of weed, which Diani does not. Watumu is usually quieter. Diani has more restaurants and bars.

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4. Re: Diani Beach vs. Watamu Beach

Diani is only about 30 ks from Mombasa, Watamu is over a 100ks

Diani was always my farourite

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