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Is Diani Beach as quiet and empty as it seems?

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Is Diani Beach as quiet and empty as it seems?

Is diani beach as quiet and empty as it seems? On everyones travellers photos the beach seems empty - which is a good thing.

I just dont want to book it and when we get there it's the equivalent of southport on a sunny day!

Also does anyone know what the watersports are like on diani beach? What can you do and how much do they tend to cost?

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1. Re: Is Diani Beach as quiet and empty as it seems?

The beach is glorious - white talcum powder sand, palm trees, crystal clear turquoise warm as bath water ocean -.and beach boys selling all but their granny! Hence the reason tourists stay on a sun bed by the pool where they don't get bothered. The constant badgering to buy and even a peaceful stroll can attract many 'friends' who know John Smith in Leeds gets tiresome. So no, it won't be like Bournemouth on Whit Sunday.

Snorkelling, Scuba, wind surfing, kayaking, kite surfing - there's plenty for the active to do. Aqualand has a website with prices.

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2. Re: Is Diani Beach as quiet and empty as it seems?

beach is lovely we walked everyday,turn right for a quiter stroll,people selling there wares on the beach,carvings,clothes ,trips etc,,,,please dont let that put you off we loved it,very very much. did glass bottom boat from hotel amazing

Ukunda, Coast, Kenya
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3. Re: Is Diani Beach as quiet and empty as it seems?

Yes it really is as empty as it looks. The only exceptions are Saturday and Sunday afternoons from about 3-6 pm when Ukunda residents come down to spend their off day with their families.

The best way to get beach boys off your back is to tell them you're "Kenya kimbo", which means a long-term white resident. When they hear that they no longer smell money. Beach boys used to be much worse 5 years ago; some of them were obvious heroin users back then. But things have tightened up due to a combination of police action and self-policing by the beach boys.

Mtwapa, Kenya
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4. Re: Is Diani Beach as quiet and empty as it seems?

I don't think I'd want to tell anybody I was a Kenya Kimbo, here in Mtwapa probably the biggest home of Kenya Kimbo it means an old European with little money who has been around long enough to be able to haggle with the locals in Swahili about prices, but they are more known for having had a succession of young Kenyan girlfriends

Edited: 29 April 2014, 21:00
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5. Re: Is Diani Beach as quiet and empty as it seems?

I've heard of Europeans paying beach boys 20 euros to get them a viagra pill (which actually costs around half a euro). When you see what the tourists are willing to spend you can understand why beach boys go into the business in the first place. That's why I recommend doing everything possible to avoid looking like you've just landed. Of course if you're white as a ghost I guess you will stick out.

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6. Re: Is Diani Beach as quiet and empty as it seems?

I would recommend due to the fact that there are direct flights, it is quite (a lot of tips have been given on dealing with beach boys) and that there are great restaurants.

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7. Re: Is Diani Beach as quiet and empty as it seems?

I Go in about 5 weeks time so will let you know

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8. Re: Is Diani Beach as quiet and empty as it seems?

Luckily we are at the Northern part f the strip at Southern Palms and only guests use the beach where there is a line drawn and security are there for you to lie in peace.

We have an ocean front view and it is lovely to sit on the balcony looking at the swaying palms, talcum powder white sands, watch out for the monkeys, and when the tide is out the reef appears . You can take a boat with a boat boy to the reef for snorkelling for a nominal charge and he will also show you many sea creatures in rock pools that we personally know about now but did not know the first time out.

As we know most of the beach boys we usually just have a chat with them and pass the time of day and as I bought one a curio shop at the side of the beach - to give him a living I am not bothered with any haggling as I could take as many carvings as I wanted but of course I don't and there is no more room in 'our ' house for any more carvings or curios!!

There are quite a few tales regarding guests paying beach boys for things which I cannot mention here - some tame and not so tame!!

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9. Re: Is Diani Beach as quiet and empty as it seems?

Re Christopher's post - he is right - the guys know when you have landed - they know every flight that comes in and the numbers coming to the hotels - well at least at Southern Palms.

I always get a spray tan before I go anyway but may be a good idea if going out first time.

Also do not tell them your real name - at Southern Palms they keep a book of everybody's name and call out to you if you decide to take a walk alone!!

They know us but are up to every trick in the book. On saying that however they have to make a living and some do genuinely just want to chat especially about football and the country you come from.

The security are strict at S.P. and only say one safari seller is allocated a certain time on the beach - dhow trip guys the same.

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10. Re: Is Diani Beach as quiet and empty as it seems?

In response to the comments about guest-only beaches, seashores are public in Kenya up to the extreme high tide mark (typically where the sand ends and the grass and palms start). Some resorts post guards to keep beach boys off "their" sand but when the tide is way out the beach boys may use that opportunity to get your attention nearer to the water. The guards aren't keen to walk that far away from the hotel.

Ordinary Kenyans are of course entirely free to access any of these beaches, though as mentioned above they come mainly on weekend afternoons. You'll find flat stretches of sand being used as football pitches if the tide is out.

A free-for-all beach is in my opinion the fairest system and the only way we have avoided eyesores like fences and checkpoints. It's the reason Diani is still an uninterrupted ribbon of sand that anyone can walk for its entire 10 km length.