Kitesurfing - Diani

KITESURFING HOLIDAYS - KENYA DIANI

THE LURE

Diani is a friendly small tropical beach town that's easily accessible and safe, yet adventurous and exotic. Full of wildlife and nature with an immense, beautiful beach where the ocean is warm and welcoming yearround. All the amenities and conveniences of Europe yet in the easy – going ‘hakuna matata” African way. Ideal for all ages, families and single travellers, couples and groups.

THE SET-UP

Galu beach has a big, open beach, a sandy flat water lagoon (which is deep enough in most places to kite, even at the lowest spring tides, unlike neighbouring Diani five kilometres away) with waves breaking over a reef about a kilometre out. The reef runs along the whole coast, keeping the waves out,
creating a fantastic lagoon on the inside that's perfect for learning or practising freestyle and at lower tide, even when it's really windy, there is very little chop. The reef itself creates brilliant down-the-line
riding for those that are up for tackling an impressive reef break which can be left exposed during a big swell. At high tide the beach space is much smaller and the chop and swell can be considerable. The
reef gets totally covered, so the waves stop breaking but it means that there is a beach break on the inside, which is less favourable for beginners. The winds in this area are always cross or cross-onshore, so you're never going to get blown out to sea.

WIND, WEATHER AND WATER

December to early March the Kaskazi (northerly) trade wind blows and between June and September is the southerly Kuzi trade wind season. Late December to mid-February it's very consistent and side-shore at 25 knots - stronger in the afternoons and on incoming tides. Mid- Feb to mid-March expect more like 20 knots. Cooler and more erratic in April and in May, the rains pour and the kite schools close. In full swing the trades blow at 14 to 22 knots - ideal for learning and improving. Best waves between June and September. Air temperatures: 29°C/84°F, warmest October to April. May to September low twenties / low seventies when you might need a top for the wind chill on the water. Being the Indian Ocean the water is always beautiful, around 25°C / 77°F..

GET AROUND

You can buy your visa on arrival. A single-entry visa costs USD$50 and a multiple entry visa USD$100 (for if you plan on visiting Tanzania or the Serengeti for example, and will reenter Kenya again).
Galu beach is roughly five kilometres from Diani centre where you'll find all you need. Car hire isn't necessary, is usually expensive and driving here can be tricky for the first timer and there are cheap, frequent public buses. Many hire cheap motorbikes or get motorbike taxis. Be aware of the beach boys
trying to sell you anything from disastrous day trips, rip-off key rings and marajuana. Also, be aware of the prostitutes in the local clubs - and that you may not actually be the 'true love they say they've been waiting for'!

THE ACCOMMODATION

A varied selection. Kenyaways Kite Village is located on the beach in Galu with a kite school, bar, restaurant, free wifi, free storage and swimming pool. Find the KiteWorldWide Lodge in Mwazaro, 80 km south of Mombasa with a huge flatwater area, a licensed kitecenter with brand new 2013 gear from Best,
North and Core and accommodation on the kitespot.

FOOD AND DRINK

Galu has one small supermarket. There are three bigger ones in Diani. Galu has six decent restaurants with several more good ones in Diani serving all types of cuisine, especially European and African and the seafood is fresh off the local boats each day. You'll find beach bars in Galu and Diani, but look out for The Forty Thieves bar in Diani which is one of those dream watering holes right on the beach. In general this is a much quieter spot than Nyali.

NO WIND

White sands, turquoise waters, great scuba-diving (especially in November to March when whale sharks migrate up the East African coast) and deep sea fishing. Many of the more energetic kitesurfers also combine their trip with a hike up Kilimanjaro, or Mount Kenya. Jump in a plane for an hour and you'll reach the Masai Mara game reserve. Closer to Diani take a day trip to Kisite marine park or Wasini island in Shimoni to see dolphins and turtles. Visit the Shimba Hills rainforest for elephants and more. Local museums provide a great history, old town Mombasa is really interesting and, if you're feeling more adventurous, why not take a microlite flight?

AIRPORTS

Mombasa Moi International (MBA/HKMO) is 35 kilometres / two hours driving time. Alternatively fly into Nairobi (NBO or WIL) for a safari and then an hour internal flight transfer to Mombasa (500 kilometres / eight hours driving). Diani Ukunda airport (UKU) is just six kilometres away. Tanzania (TGT) is 160 kilometres. Kenyaways offer transfers with kite gear for £35 per person from Mombasa and £10 from Diani airports. There are always taxis which have fixed maximum rates in Mombasa.

Riders who have included Kenya, Diani as one of their Top Places to Ride are: Jo Wilson, Kirsty Jones, Nick Jacobsen

 


Diani

Diani

Diani

Diani

Diani

Diani

 


Added: 2007-07-18

Region: Kenya

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