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“Miles of White Sand”
Review of Diani Beach

Diani Beach
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

The sands are stunning and once you’re in the sea you manage to escape from the sellers.... it’s quite relentless.... BUT.... we were very happy with the carvings, etc we bought, and it was nice to chat and hear their stories.... a top tip, they may ask for bottles of water and hotel shampoo and body wash, but they’d love new sandpaper!!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SmileySJK
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Reviewed 4 October 2018

Diani Beach is a wonderful wide stretch of white sand with lovely water.
The beach itself is almost empty and is all the better for it. You feel like you have the whole beach to yourself and you pretty much do most of the time.

There are resorts along the beach but most people are inside them on sun loungers and not on the beach itself. There is also a bit of seaweed but it's not a major problem in anyway and should not put you off visiting this lovely place.

The beach is best at low tide when it is very nice, but, even at high tide is still a lovely place to be and the water is still nice and colourful.

If you're down this way it's a place not to be missed. The only downside is some beach hawkers trying to sell you their wares but they are easily dismissed and you can get on with enjoying the beach.

It's definitely a taste of paradise and you should enjoy it when you can as places like this tend to get seriously packed with people once word gets out how nice it is, but, i feel that's still a fair bit away and you can still enjoy it now, no problems.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank honey_badger1888
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Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

A beach with brilliant white sand that is so soft... feels like flour.. clean beaches and crystal clear waters with hardly any rocks... warm waters of the indian ocean make the sea even more inviting with no crowds... a paradise.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sukesha D
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

such a beautiful beach, but utterly spoiled by beach boys incessantly plying their wares. could be a highly romantic spot, but instead is becoming known the world over as somewhere to be avoided. the locals really need to do something about this, before it's flagged up as a place to avoid having a holiday! what would the beach boys do for an income then???

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank kikizaza1
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

Diani Beach has great potential. It could be a true paradise, but it is unfortunately not.
The beach is truly wonderful, very similar to the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar. The difference between low and high tide is actually very charming, and the sea can be both very calm and a bit rough with high waves. There can be quite a lot of sea weed on the beach in some areas, but not a big problem. There are smaller and larger resorts, as well as private villas stretched among the coast; in some areas abandoned buildings leaves the impression that things are not going very well in this corner of the world. Having said that, we stayed at a lovely small resort called Waterlovers, which was a wonderful barefoot luxury experience.
The weather being in the tropics is a bit unpredictable, and you need to accept the possibility of a shower or a cloudy morning. This should however not freak you out, as the it could be perfectly wonderful within a couple of hours. During 1 week’s stay we had 2 mornings with clouds and some showers, but around noon the skies cleared and the Sun was shining.
The main issue at Diani is the hustle on the beach. It is literally impossible to do a nice and quiet walk without constantly being approach by people, who are desperately trying to make a living by offering souvenirs, excursion, coconut milk, marine/nature lessons. It is by all means very understandable, but very unpleasant as you have to very firm in your rejection in order to be left alone, and this only to be approached 50 m further on.
It is in fact all very sad.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Bettina P
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