We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Diani Beach vs. Watamu Beach

Chicago, Illinois
12 posts
Save Topic
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?

4 replies to this topic
Wales, United...
Level Contributor
376 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Diani Beach vs. Watamu Beach

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

Nairobi, Kenya
Destination Expert
for Nairobi, Kenya
Level Contributor
5,564 posts
46 reviews
Save Reply
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
Destination Expert
for Kenya
Level Contributor
3,424 posts
218 reviews
Save Reply
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.

Gold Coast
Level Contributor
6,429 posts
66 reviews
Save Reply
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

Reply to: Diani Beach vs. Watamu Beach
Get notified by e-mail when a reply is posted
Get answers to your questions about Mombasa
Recent Conversations