I'm biased as I love Kenya. However, Diani beach is 1 - 1.5 hours drive from Mombasa (depending on the Likoni ferry) so if you want to be close to a city and all that goes with it, choose the north coast and not the south coast.
Diani beach is glorious - white talcum powder sand, palm trees, crystal clear warm as bathwater turquoise ocean - heaven. But the north coast is only 20/30 minutes from Mombasa with all its hustle and bustle. Nyali is now up and coming with the new City Mall so maybe a hotel at Nyali or Bamburi would suit?
Hi - If you like beaches ,both Diani & Zanzibar are about the same - talculm powder sand, both are good places to relax, however I would say that Diani has the edge on Zanzibar. Once you have been to stone town, the night market & a spice plantation the only other thing left is the beach. On Zanzibar it takes approx 1 hour From one end of the island to the other, I would say 3 days is plenty for all the sights of the Island - Diani has a lot more to do within easy access wherever you stay, from Southern palms right upto Galu beach plenty of coffee shops, bars, markets & the whole place still retains a slow relaxing pace & well spaced out , meaning everything is not on top of each other. There is also Ukunda for more of a local scene. As Tembo stated a if you wanted to go into Mombasa for the day is approx 1 hour 30 away, but hey your on holiday so why rush ha ha . The north side is nearer Mombasa but is a little bit more built up. Hope this helps, but whatever you decide enjoy your holiday.
If you want to go to a beach location and go to coffee shops, restaurants or markets, then consider Malindi or Lamu. Zanzibar is very similar to Lamu.
Why board the plane to go to Zan when you can enjoy ssun n sand in Kenya.
Personally I am biased here too.
We have been going to Diani South Coast many many times to Southern Palms Beach Resort and as other posters say the sands are powder white.
Clear blue sea and a reef for snorkelling if the tide is right.
We have been over to the North Coast many many tmes for visits and a one night stay at Bamburi which we hated therefore for us personally we prefer the laid back way on the South Coast.
I totally agree with Shamba25.Edited: 25 March 2012, 14:12
5 days at the Indian Ocean Beach Resort in Diani Beach.
Might extend by 2 or 3 days.
Should we stay in this area?
I have looked at a place that seems to be closer to the airport.
The Voyageur Hotel. Would this are be a good change for a few days?
Or not a nice area?
This is the end of our month holiday want it to be nice but not tooooo expensive.
It depends on what you want, Voyager is in the developed, affluent suburb of Nyali on the North Coast handy for Mombasa Town, shopping malls, cinema, go karting, water park, etc and a wide choice of bars and restaurants all within easy reach.
Diani Beach is on the South Coast, less developed, less mainstream touristy, better beaches.
For more detail please read this thread from yesterday comparing North and South Coast (Bamburi is the next tourist beach to Nyali)
BTW not mentioned in your post but in the title, if you are concerned with budget be aware that Zanzibar would involve a separate visa and a yellow fever injection
We have decided on Mobasa over Zanzibar, will be staying in Diani Beach for 5 days. Thought we would extend our stay by a few days before heading back to Nairobi and home. Is it closer to the airport that we would be taking back to Nairobi ?
The Voyageur looked like a fun place to end the holiday. (2 extra days)
We already have the yellow fever as we are doing Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Here's another question for you since you seem to be very knowledgeable. We will be on a Kenya Safari, then to Tanzania, back to Nairobi, fly to Rwanda, then back to Nairobi, fly to Mombasa then fly to Nairobi and back to Canada. As far as visas go will be buy the one when entering Kenya and then the one when entering Tanzania. ???? This is a little confusing. All in all it will be within 32ish days
If you are already sampling the South Coast then why not sample the North Coast for a couple of days? You should be aware that Voyager is very popular with European all-inclusive package holiday companies.
It is nearer and more convenient for Mombasa Airport (a bridge connects Mombasa Town to the North Coast rather than ferries) unless you are going in rush hour it should only take around 30 minutes from Voyager to the airport compared to 1½ hours from Diani at the same time.
As for Visas a single trip Kenya visa covers you for short trips to other East African Community countries including Tanzania and Rwanda. You can buy visas on entry for both Kenya and Tanzania. I believe Canadians have to get a visa for Rwanda in advance.
So D you think this is a good idea then?
Would there be another hotel you recommend instead?
We already have our Gorilla viewing permits, so do you think our
tour company would have already booked the visa?
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