All the beaches, which lie to the south of Mombasa form part of the "south coast",but the main is Diani Beach, about 40 km from Mombasa where the majority of the hotel and resort development is centered . Others are Shelley Beach, Galu, Msambweni, Tiwi and Shimoni which is close to the Tanzania border. Diani Beach is 10 kilometers long, a vast uninterrupted stretch of white sand lapped by an opal ocean joining up with Tiwi Beach. A wide range of World Class resorts, centered around Diani Beach allow visitors to relax and enjoy this natural paradise with the best standards of accommodation, service and cuisine.In addition to the hotels, there are private houses, some available for renting, and several self-catering "villages". Most marine activities are available which include windsurfing, water skiing, scuba, snorkeling and deep-sea fishing. coastline south of Mombasa is a tropical paradise of palm fringed white sand beaches, where the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean meet beautiful coral reefs. The protective reefs have created ideal beaches with calm, inviting waters. Days are filled with sunshine and nights are balmy and warm with gentle sea breezes. The offshore reefs are alive with coral, myriad fish, sea turtles and dolphins. Both outer and inner reef walls offer world class diving with spectacular coral gardens. At Kisite-Mpunguti, a Marine Reserve has been established around beautiful Wasini Island, an ideal day trip for divers and snorkellers. The beaches are bordered by lush green coastal rainforests with prolific birdlife and variety of wildlife including baboons, rare colobus monkeys and even leopard.
The south coast also has many smaller quiet getaways such as Tiwi Beach, ideal for travelers looking for a low key break. Inland, the fertile hinterland of Kwale District consists of small villages inhabited by the Wakamba, Digo and Duruma tribes. Further south, the small fishing village of Shimoni is home to a series of deep mysterious coastal caves that stretch from the sea to deep into the jungles. Historically, these caves were long used as a refuge for Dhow Sailors, Arab slavers and explorers. Shimoni is also an excellent base for big game fishing in the waters of the Pemba Channel.
Many hotels have their own marine sports centers but there are also independent ones to supply the needs of the more experienced marine addicts. Fishing is year round except for May and June and perhaps July. The main center for serious deep sea fishing is Shimoni.It is also the base for visits to the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Parks and Reserves Whether you are looking for a base to actively explore this fascinating region, or just somewhere to unwind and find peace, Kenya’s south coast has everything you could wish for. The gateway to the South Coast is Mombasa. There are no bridges from Mombasa island to the South Coast, and a vehicular ferry is used to cross the Likoni channel A good paved highway serves the whole of the south coast, and there is a tarmac airstrip at Ukunda serving the Diani area for schedule and Charter flights.