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DIANI BEACH

Diani Beach is a major beachresort on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya (in eastern Africa). It is located 30kilometers (19 mi) south of Mombasa in the nearby Kwale County.

The beach is about 10 kilometers (6 mi) long, from the Kongo river tothe north and Galu beach to the south (the southern point of reference is anold Baobab tree). It is adjacent to the town of Ukunda, the population of whichnears 100,000 inhabitants. A small airstrip is located between the beach areaand the Mombasa-Lunga Lunga road. The water remains shallow near shore, withsome underwater sandbars near the surface which allow wading with a clear viewof the sandy bottom. Inland from the beach, there is extensive vegetation including numerous palm trees which cover the coastalareas, unlike the dry acacia trees of the mountainous Kenyan Highlands. The MwachemaRiver flows into the sea at Diani Beach.

The general area is known for its coral reefs, black-and-white Columbus monkeys,and for the closely located Shimba Hills National Reserve, a wildlife reservewhich looks out over the Indian Ocean. Diani Beach has high-class restaurants,hotels, supermarkets, and several shopping centers.

Diani Beach is also a popular kite surfing location.