Kenyan Coast - where to go??

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Jul 28th, 2001, 11:46 AM
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Joel
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Kenyan Coast - where to go??

My wife and I are planning a safari / beach holiday in Kenya & Tanzania in the January - February timeframe. We can't quite seem to nail down the best area to stay on the Kenyan coast. For the beach portion of our trip we want a relaxing holiday on a safe beach with good access to great snorkeling. We would prefer average accommodations (nothing to exquisite). We have it narrowed down to Tiwi, Diani, Watamu and Malindi. So, we have a few questions:
1. Where would the better snorkelling be (both in terms of quality and accessibility). For example, it sounds like Watamu has great reefs, but you can't just walk out to them like you can in Tiwi.
2. Would you recommend any particular hotels/cottages?
3. How safe are these particular areas?
4. Is there any wildlife such as monkeys near the cottages?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Jul 31st, 2001, 03:18 PM
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rachel sumaria
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If you want the best snorkelling and diving then you are better of going to Zanzibar. The islasnds of Pemba, Chumbe, Mafia and Mnemba offer the best dives in that part of the world. The Kenyan reefs have been severely depleted over the years due to tourism while Zanzibasr is a relativley new destination for mass tourism and therefore its reefs remain in a better state.
 
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Jul 31st, 2001, 11:28 PM
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Karen Michaelson
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Same as Rachel told you above- Zanzibar is the best, After there you can to Safaris in Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Tarangire etc. We do that last year and we enjoy a lot compare to Kenya side of our Tour. Get intouch with us for more info regarding our tour and how we organize it.

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Aug 12th, 2001, 07:12 AM
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We would reccomend the Turtle Bay beach Club at Watamu. The beach is a marine reserve and as it is regularly patrolled you do not get the high pressure pestering by locals selling their wares as you do in other areas. You can actually lie on the beach here. The hotel has boats which will take you to the reef, all you need to do is walk across the beach from the hotel. The snorkelling is not as good as around Wasini Island in the South but you do not have to spend half your day travelling to get to the reef.
The village near the hotel is safe to visit in the daytime and the hotel has bicycles for this purpose.
The hotel also has minibuses which will take you to placeslike Malindi. Gedi and the local spirit caves.
Vervet monkeys are regular visitors and you have to hold on to your hats as well as your gin and tonics when they arrive as they will steal anything.
We have also stayed at Diani and Kilifi and been on safari in both Kenya and Tanzania. If you want any further detailed information please let us know on this site.
Wherever you choose to stay in Kenya We are sure you will have a great time.
 
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Aug 13th, 2001, 09:05 PM
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Kristin
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Try a Lake Malawi/ South Luangwa National Park combo if you're really looking for something different!
 
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Aug 13th, 2001, 11:15 PM
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Collins Robert
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Just return from trip in Tanzania & Zanzibar. We highly recommend Zanzibar or PembaIsland as were the best Diving and Snorkeling Centre. Please read my post in this forum "Tanzania Kenya Safaris"

Collins
 
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