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Kenya - Diani Beach or Lamu Island Info

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1. Posted by rhbphoto (Budding Member 10 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Traveling to Kenya. Would like to end up at a beach location. Looking for information on either Diani Beach or Lamu Island.
Is one preferable to another any sort of amenities at either, quality of beach.
Thanks

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 841 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

You should check the State Department's advice for travel in Kenya, particularly with respect to Lamu.

A travel warning or travel advisory doesn't deter me from traveling to a place; but I assess the potential risks before going. In 2013, I booked a few days at a resort near Mombasa (close to Diani Beach) for a respite in the middle of a multi-country Africa trip. Before arriving, there was a riot in Mombasa. See this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/05/world/africa/deadly-riots-in-kenya-after-muslim-clerics-killing.html

Travel was affected. I called various people in Kenya for a security update. Decision: I went and had the resort ferry me from the Mombasa airport, bypassing the city. Days later I had the resort transfer me to the Mombasa train station, using an alternate route, for my rail journey to Nairobi.

You might want to check recent reviews for the resorts in the places you want to visit. If you want more reassurances make some calls and/or send some e-mails. If you're determined, get an update on security conditions on arrival.

I enjoyed my stay on the beach in Kenya, as I have on other beaches in Africa and elsewhere.

3. Posted by rhbphoto (Budding Member 10 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for the update. Yes one does have to do due diligence anymore when traveling off the beaten path. On our way to the airport once, we had to make our way on foot through a protest in Argentina as our taxi could not make it through. Makes for an interesting story now.
Safe travels.

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 841 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

If you like off the beaten path, as I do, Lamu seems to be a more interesting place than Diani. You might want to check some of the recent YouTube videos to get a flavor. The airport has been expanded. There are flights from Nairobi (Wilson) and Malindi, which also seems to have a nice beach.