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Summary

Based in Diani Beach, on the south coast of Kenya, East Africa, ours is an IKO affiliated kitesurfing centre that offers full courses, equipment rental and beach assistance, locker storage, on the spot accommodation and specialist kite safari trips along the pearl of the Indian Ocean.
Kitesurf conditions
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Spot: Flat
Gear rental
Gear storage
Lessons or coaching
Spot guidance
Rescue service

Diani Beach is a world famous kitespot in Kenya. It offers consistent and very stable wind during the season. The water is flat and crystal clear. You will have to bring some bigger kites as well.

Trip characteristics
Typical Pickup: Diani Sea Lodge, Diani Beach Rd, Diani Beach, Kenya
Flight search assistance

The Destination

The best 'Big 5' Safari in the world, coupled with consistent steady trade wind, clear azure Indian Ocean, lots of space on the water and a bright cultural experience make Kenya a world class destination for kitesurfers and travellers alike. There are a variety of non-watersports based activities on offer that include trips to the local villages, 'Bush Baby' feeding, Colobus Monkey viewing, glass bottom boat snorkeling trips to the reef and its sandbars, dolphin spotting day excursions to Wasini National Marine Park and day trips to the Shimba Hills National Reserve, located less than an hours drive from Diani Beach. Both Tsavo East and West can be easily reached within a 4 hour drive and offer superb game viewing experiences. Amboseli and the Maasai Mara are once in a life time trips that define Kenya as the worlds leading safari destination. With over 40 different tribes residing in Kenya, including the famous Maasa that can be found residing on Diani Beach selling authentic african artwork, you are guaranteed to come face to face with a bright infusion of colour andf heritage quintessential to East Africa. Whilst at the coast, be sure to sample the fresh seafood that is caught and prepared daily, or try a local African dish. We reccommend Ugali and sukuma wiki, a traditional meal made with collard greens and cooked with onions and spices.

The Experience

Join us in Diani Beach - Kenya, East Africa for an unforgettable African bush to beach kitesurfing holiday experience.

Kite School Experience

Our guests have the option to learn to kitesurf at our tropical paradise spot or take refresher or private 1:1 sessions if they already have some previous experience.

Available are kitesurfing discovery sessions, private 1:1 coaching without distraction and full IKO beginner courses that comprise of 3 to 4 days.

The Kite School equipment is regularly changed every season ensuring our students are always learning on the latest Cabrinha Kites and Boards.

For 2019, lessons are primarily conducted on our Cabrinha Moto’s.

The Cabrinha Moto recently won this year’s Ultimate Test Guide by The Kite Mag and was crowned 2019’s best all round freeride kite in the category.

Whilst learning with us, all the necessary safety apparel and equipment is provided and insured.

Additionally, we supply student Lycra- rash vests for the duration of the course, water refreshment, sun screen and after session towels to dry off with.

Our team of passionate local and international kitesurfing instructors offer professional tuition in a variety of different languages throughout the seasons.

We also offer beginner and advanced foil lessons for those looking to expand their skills on the water or learn a light wind discipline.

For independent riders, we offer a full equipment rental and beach assistance service with all the latest 2019 Cabrinha Kites equipment.

Guests travelling with their own kit will find our centre facilities include private beach lockers available for storage. In addition, we offer a private lawn for set up and pack down, chill zone with free Wi-Fi, sun loungers for friends and family along with toilet and changing room.

The hotel beach bar offers drinks, snacks and a beach menu for lunch. Guests not staying at the hotel, buy who are registered in with the water sports centre are able to take advantage of our partnership and still enjoy the hotel facilities.

On the Spot Accommodation

The kite school is located on the lawns of a 4* family friendly all-inclusive resort that offers bare foot luxury accommodation in the heart of Diani Beach. Set in an expansive tropical garden, the compound is shaded by coconut palms and a myriad of exotic trees and flowers. Animal life abounds inside the hotel and a variety of different monkeys can be spotted daily, including the protected black and white Colobus monkey. Guests get the opportunity to immerse themselves in the tropical serenity of the Lodge, explore all the different flora and fauna, chat with the local Maasai on the beach or simply chill out on the lawns with a book or go for a swim in the calm warm Indian Ocean. Due to its location being central Diani Beach, residents at the Lodge have the added bonus of being able to reach all the main bars, restaurants and shopping centres by foot along the beach or on the beach road in practically no time at all.

Local Excursions & Trips

Other Diani highlights include cultural trips to the local Maasai village, traditional sail boat cruises up Tiwi creek, trips to one of Africa's oldest Mosques near the river mouth as well as 'Bush Baby' feeding in the evenings and the Colobus Conservation Trust set up to preserve Diani's marine and forest wildlife.

For visitors in love with the ocean, both glass bottom boat snorkelling trips to the Diani reef and sandbars are on offer, as are dolphin spotting day trips to the beautiful Wasini Marine National Park where you are guaranteed to spot an abundance of marine life and coral whilst bathing in the tepid, clear Indian Ocean. During the right time of year, Whale Shark or 'Papa Shilingi' as they are called in East Africa, frequent the Kenyan coastline as they migrate seasonally. Several Dive Shops offer Whale Shark spotting expeditions, or if you're really lucky, you might catch sight of one out near the reef whilst kitesurfing.

Daily excursions are available to the Shimba Hills National Park, conveniently located less than an hour's drive from Diani beach. Here visitors have a chance to game view, hike down to Sheldrick Falls and enjoy true African sunsets along the ridge, all in a day before heading back to Diani for the evening.

Nightlife

Diani beach offers a lively night life scene, with several reputable bars and clubs scattered along the main beach road. Notorious for its chilled ambience and welcoming hospitality, guests are sure to make plenty on new friends and get fully immersed in the tropical, coastal beach vibes.

Safari

The 'Big 5' game viewing safari trips available here are some of the best in the world. Both Tsavo East and West can be easily reached in a 4 hours drive from Diani and offer spectacular views of the savanna and its wildlife with an assortment of luxury and affordable accommodation that range from tented camps to eco-lodges.

Amboseli and the Maasai Mara are unforgettable once in a life time experiences. Considered a natural wonder of the world for its wildlife, migratory patterns and unique natural heritage, these dramatic landscapes define Kenya as the worlds leading Safari destination.

Based in Kenya all year round, our team has established solid partnerships with other reputable, professional Companies, Lodges and Tour Operators to ensure that every clients experience is made special and is in line with our own high standards of excellence whether it be on or off the water.

Getting there & Moving Around

The closest International Airport is located in Mombasa. To arrive in Diani by taxi, the trip will take around 1.5 hours, depending upon the traffic and the schedule of the Likoni Ferry crossing. It is necessary to cross the Likoni Channel when coming from Mombasa, in order to reach the south coast. Diani Beach has just recently expanded its local Airstrip, and hosts daily flights from Nairobi as well as a few other internal locations around Kenya. Arriving in central Diani beach, the Ukunda Airstrip is close to the main beach road and affords a quick and stress free option for arriving to the south coast. During the high seasons, several airlines provide direct flight paths to either Nairobi or Mombasa, including TUI who offer extremely competitive rates departing from Brussels in Belgium. Additionally Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and British Airways all supply various routes.

Moving around Diani is simple, cheap and relatively stress free, apart from the bartering of price which is a norm and expected with the locals, but ultimately ends up being all part of the fun and ambience of Kenya. Tourists will find local public transport along the beach road all day and pretty much most of the night too. On offer are traditional taxis, local 'Mutatu' mini bus, motorbike, 3 wheeler and even Uber if you are lucky. As the coastline in Diani stays straight for almost 30 km's, its easy to stroll from one location to another via the white sandy beach, enjoying the surroundings and ocean as you pass.

Kitesurfing Day Trips, Downwinders & Safari

Besides lessons and coaching, we specialise in Diani downwinders, kitesurfing day trip to other exotic spots on the south coast as well as guided 'kite surfari' expeditions to some of the more remote and exclusive locations along the Kenyan Coastline.

Whether it be a local 12 km downwinder back to our base along the reef and sandbars, a day trip to other 'secret spots' dotted around the south coast exploring the range of different environments and conditions available or a full blown guided 'kite surfari' experience that takes you to some of the more 'off grid' spots that we love, everything is covered!

Our Team Guides, including our Centre Manager, are all residents living in Kenya who know the coastline intimately and are able to ensure our guests are provided with all the information they may require in order to enjoy the best time to come for kitesurfing, local conditions and locations including 'secret spots' along the coast.

The Team

Our Head of Water Sports Training and Centre Manager is both a native to Africa and a professionally qualified IKO kitesurfing instructor since 2005. Born and raised in Africa, Jamie has had the opportunity to teach kitesurfing and travel in many different locations around the world before certifying as a Level 3 Senior Instructor and setting up his own centre of excellence in Diani beach, Kenya in 2014.

Together with Francesca, co-owner and wife, the kite school is staffed with 3 full time local Kenyans who's role vary from Kite Instructor to beach assistant and rental supervision.

During the high seasons, our team is expanded with 3 - 4 external foreign instructors joining us who offer kitesurfing lessons in a variety of languages including English, Italian, Polish, Spanish and German.

Utilising years of teaching and riding experience, both here in Kenya and abroad, our team provides professional fun tuition helpful advice and a quality of service that only dedication, motivation and expertise can guarantee.

Private Villa Accommodation

All our guests have the accommodation option to rent private luxury villas that come fully staffed, including an onsite chef, cleaning lady during the day and night time security. Set slightly away from the noise and hustle of Diani beach and its main strip, but still within close walking distance, our luxury villas come with private parking, pool, tropical gardens filled with monkeys, bird and other wildlife as well as the serenity of having your own private space to relax and enjoy the nature of the surroundings.

Accommodation

Our guests have the option to chose between staying directly on the beach, at the Diani Sea Lodge with the added benefit of having the kite school located close by on the tropical lawns or alternatively, they may opt for a fully staffed private luxury villa located in close proximity to the centre. Diani Sea Lodge option: The kite school is located on the lawns of the Diani sea Lodge. The Lodge is a 4* family friendly all-inclusive resort that offers bare foot luxury accommodation in the heart of Diani Beach. Set in an expansive tropical garden, the compound is shaded by coconut palms and a myriad of exotic trees and flowers. Animal life abounds inside the hotel and a variety of different monkeys can be spotted daily, including the protected black and white Colobus monkey. The hotel has 168 rooms which are divide into 3 categories: Superior rooms with garden view, Renovated comfort rooms with garden view and Bahari rooms which come with a stocked mini bar and gorgeous sea view. Family rooms are available in each of the above mentioned category. Guests get the opportunity to immerse themselves in the tropical serenity of the Lodge, explore all the different flora and fauna, chat with the local Maasai on the beach or simply chill out on the lawns with a book or go for a swim in the calm warm Indian Ocean. The chefs at the Diani Sea Lodge take great pride in serving the freshest food and go to great lengths to ensure that almost everything is prepared from scratch and source non-GMO ingredients whenever possible. The Diani Sea Lodge catering team has a blend of exciting theme nights for our All-Inclusive service. These include Italian, Greek, Mexican and authentic Swahili traditional African. Additionally, we have chargeable specialty A la Carte and Set Menus for that special occasion. These include our Beach Lunch /Dinner and Romantic Dinners, wine list and specialty cocktail list. There is an extensive wine list, international cocktail list as well as a smoothies/milkshakes menu that suites the kids and adults alike.

Packages

Standard Beginner Week
Sunrise Villa - Double room
  • All Standard included services
  • 9 Hour Full IKO Beginner Kitesurf Course
From $666.18 / 6 nights
Premium Beginner Week
Diani Sea Lodge - Bahari double room (sea view)
  • All Standard included services
  • Airport Transfer
  • 12 Hour Full IKO Beginner Kitesurf Course
From $969.29 / 6 nights
Advanced Adventure Trip
Diani Sea Lodge - Bahari double room (sea view)
  • All Standard included services
  • Airport Transfer
  • Kitesurfing Day Trip to Funzi Island
  • Local Diani Downwinder
  • Daily Beach Service & Rescue (per day)
  • Rental Full Equipment 1 Week
From $1271.29 / 10 nights
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